So many uses for If You Care products!
- Baking Cups
- To make a lovely centerpiece at a party, snip the stems of carnations and mums right below the blossom, then place each into a baking cup. Arrange the baking cups on a pedestal style dessert plate.
- Adorn gift boxes with a false flower bow by layering four pieces of baking cups, bunch the top two to create the center, and attach to the gift box using hot glue.
- If using candles to decorate to keep the tabletop safe from dripping wax, pop each candle pillar into an If You Care Baking Cup.
- FSC Certified Coffee Filters
- Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”
- Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, french fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
- Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
- Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
- Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
- Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
- Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
- Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
- Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
- Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
- Protect your china. Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.
- Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.
- Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
- Recycled Aluminum Foil
- Keep your cast-iron skillet rust-free by rubbing it with aluminum foil after washing and drying it.
- When painting, protect doorknobs and hardware by wrapping foil around them to catch dribbles. The foils molds to the shape of whatever it is covering and stays firmly in place until the job is complete.
- To concentrate the heat of your grill and keep it from escaping, lay a sheet of If You Care Heavy Duty Aluminum over the grill for 10 minutes. Peel the foil off before cooking (it cools fast), scrunch it into a ball, and use it to scrape any residue or ash from the bars. The scrunched foil may also be used to get baked on food off a glass pan in place of steel wool.
- To get wrinkles out of silk or wool clothes that can’t take direct heat, place a piece of foil on your ironing board and lay garment flat over. With the steam button down, pass the iron three to four inches over the fabric several times. Wet heat radiating from the foil helps smooth out wrinkles.
- It can be used to line baking rack to catch casserole spills.
- If folded and sealed well, it can create an envelope for oven-roasting foods (vegetables, meat, fish, etc) and other short-term cooking foods.
- Use If You Care Aluminum Foil to shield or tent foods from direct heat: e.g. make-shift covers for pans. The shiny side reflects heat away from foods. The dull side absorbs heat to “softly” penetrate and cook food, without browning or burning the food.
- Waxed Paper
- If You Care Waxed Paper can be used in the freezer to separate foods such as hamburger patties, chicken breast, etc.
- Place pretty fall leaves between sheets of waxed paper to preserve them. Press with a warm iron on both sides. Peel off the wax paper and you will have wax coated leaves that stay fresh for month.
- Blot damp pages of a book dry with paper towels and then place sheets of waxed paper between to keep them from sticking together while they dry.
- Wrap candles in If You Care Waxed Paper when you store them to keep them from getting scuffed.
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If you Care respects our resources
If You Care Aluminum Foil – 95% Energy Savings
It takes only 5% energy to produce recycled aluminum foil compared with regular aluminum foil. The energy equivalent of 1 gallon of fuel produces 2.78 lbs virgin aluminum, while only 0.05 gallons is required to produce 2.78 lbs recycled aluminum. Expressed in terms of rolls of aluminum foil, 1.39 cups of fuel produces one roll of traditional foil, while only 0.07 cups is used for each If You Care roll.
And these energy savings don’t even take into account the financial and environmental benefits of lower transportation weights and fuel costs. The primary component of aluminum is bauxite, typically mined in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Which means in addition to the tremendous energy expenditures and environmental costs in the mining of the mineral, there are very significant added transportation and fuel costs in moving it around the globe. Most of these energy costs are saved in the recycling process, so If You Care Recycled Aluminum foil uses even less than 5% that of regular aluminum foil.
Why we use Unbleached Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) Paper
Wood pulp, in its natural state is brown or beige. Papers made from such pulp – for example brown paper bags, and most cardboard boxes – are also brown. For years, most paper was subjected to a bleaching process to make it white, using elemental chlorine (Cl), usually in the form of chlorine gas, with horrible environmental consequences.
Today, this process is no longer used in most of Europe. Much of the North American pulp and paper industry no longer uses elemental chlorine (Cl), but there remain a number of paper mills in North America which continue to do so, despite the documented environmental damage that this process engenders. Today, the most common form of bleaching paper is no longer with the use of elemental chlorine (Cl), but instead with the use of chlorine derivatives, principally chlorine dioxide (ClO2). Paper bleached with chlorine dioxide is often referred to as “elementally chlorine-free” (ECF). Though bleaching with chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is far preferable to bleaching with elemental chlorine, it is still environmentally harmful, because chlorine derivatives still produce toxic chlorinated organic compounds, such as chloroform, a known carcinogen.
Totally chlorine-free (TCF) paper is paper which is either unbleached, or bleached using no chlorine or chlorine derivatives. Bleached papers which are totally chlorine-free (TCF) have been bleached with oxygen, ozone and/or hydrogen peroxide. These bleaching methods have none of the environmental impacts of chlorine chemistry.
If You Care paper is unbleached and always totally chlorine-free (TCF).
Why Soybean Wax?
Made from soybean oil, Soybean wax is a 100% natural, 100% renewable resource unlike the more common petroleum-based paraffin wax. It is clean, safe, non-toxic and biodegradable. Soybeans are a renewable and sustainable resource grown by American farmers. Soybeans have a particularly good environmental impact in that they return nitrogen to the soil. Using soybean wax in place of petroleum-based paraffin wax helps reduce the use of petroleum products. For the farmers, this is a new way to make economical use of the soybean surplus.
Around three billion bushels of soybeans are grown each year, creating a sustainable resource that’s replenished with every harvest. The soybean industry also has a major impact on the U.S. economy. The crop in the U.S. alone is valued at $27 billion. Add soybean processing and product manufacturing to its economic value, and there is no question that soybeans create American jobs and have a multiplier effect on economic growth. Using soybean wax helps American farmers and converts industrial products based on non-renewable petroleum resources to sustainable agricultural resources.
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