Can y'all believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just right around the corner already? I don't know about you, but this year has really flown by for me. And if you're like me, holiday cooking is already on your mind and holiday cooking calls for plenty of aluminum foil in the kitchen.
Most everybody is conscious these days about being green, using up, using less, and recycling. I was excited when I was recently contacted to review Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum because I didn't even realize that Reynolds had stepped into this green movement.
I've been a consumer of Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil all of my adult life and while I've gone the generic route a few times, I find most generics are flimsy and just don't hold up to Reynolds brand. I admit. I was a bit skeptical when I saw that this was a recycled product, because I truly expected to find a very thin sheet of flimsy foil. I was completely taken by surprise when I stripped out that first sheet to find a stiff, thick, very durable feeling product, in fact, the first thought that came to my head was "This is really like 'tin foil'" - what aluminum foil actually used to be most often called!
And then of course, there is the fact that it is indeed a recycled product and better for the environment.
Regular aluminum foil requires bauxite mining, which is thought to be harmful to the environment. Recycled aluminum foil is made by melting down used aluminum, filtering and re-rolling it. The process of recycling aluminum uses 80% less energy while retaining the strength of non recycled foil. 80% less energy is big y'all. Using aluminum foil from recycled aluminum is an easy way to add a little “green” to your kitchen and make it more environmentally friendly.
Here are some great tips ... from purchase to clean-up ... that will minimize your impact on the environment, courtesy of the Reynolds Wrap site.
* Wrap lunches, snacks and leftover foods in Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum for an updated way to keep food fresh.
* Conserve energy by cooking in the right size pots and selecting the air-dry option on your dishwasher.
* Line pans and baking dishes with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum to cut back on cleanup and save water.
* Filter your own water from your kitchen tap. Store water in a reusable stainless steel water bottle to cut down on waste if you need water on the go.
* Recycle anything you can, including paper, plastic, glass and cans. Be sure to check with your local municipality to find out what products it accepts, as some municipalities recycle aluminum foil. If yours does, just rinse the foil, crumple it up and toss it into the recycling bin.
* Bring your own reusable bag anytime you go shopping.
* A sunny kitchen windowsill is a great place to grow fresh herbs and vegetables. You can use Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum to start seedlings.
* Buy organic products. When you buy organic products with the USDA organic seal, you can be assured that the foods are produced without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, irradiation or bioengineering. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution.
* Help control your kitchen temperature by planting trees outside your window to provide summer shade and block winter winds.
* For small meals, use your toaster oven which will use less energy than your main oven. Remember to line the tray in your toaster oven with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum for easy clean-up.
* Cook in batches and freeze or refrigerate the remaining portions wrapped in Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum. It will take less energy, time and effort to reheat the leftovers than to cook new meals.
See Reynolds Wrap® Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum in action.
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