ISSUES / CHALLENGES
- Aluminium foil is often used as a liner for oven trays, as a food wrap when baking, cooking or grilling. It is also used as covering dishes or keeping food items warm. Once used, the foil is often thrown away, contributing to landfill trash.
- The average consumption of recyclable aluminium foil is 1.1 kg per household per year.
DATA SOURCES (LINKS)
- Use a glass lid to cover cooking pots and baking trays in the oven instead of foil.
- Here are a few tips on grilling food without using aluminium foil.
- Measure foil accurately for use. Do not cut off any more than is needed.
- Reuse foil as often as possible.
- Recycle foil once it can no longer be used. In most countries, foil is accepted as part of metal recycling. Recycling aluminium foil saves 95% of the energy used to make virgin aluminium foil. The energy saved by recycling 0.5kg of aluminium foil is enough to power a TV for 3 hours. (see Factsheet above)
Increased Item Life
- Learn about how heat is conducted for cooking.
- Watch this video about the cool manufacturing process of our aluminium foil!
- How is aluminium recycled?
- Consider using silicone mats to line baking trays. These mats are reusable, washable, durable, and heat resistant for ovens.
- Baking paper can also be used in lieu of aluminium foil. Use unbleached baking paper, reuse it as long as possible, and compost it at the end of its useful life.
- Thermal food covers can be used repeatedly to cover food dishes and trays. These alternatives are reusable, durable, and heat resistant.
- Or try these reuseable and washable cotton covers for cold food.
- Glass or silicone lids can also be used.
- Consider alternative materials of use for cooking such as pyrex, cast iron or ceramic pots. These alternatives are reusable, washable, durable, and heat resistant for ovens. They also provide an excellent heat base for cooking. Purchase pots with lids included.
- Purchase recycled aluminium foil when necessary.