non plastic ice cube trays

Why You Should Switch to Non Plastic Ice Cube Trays + Three Great Options

Whether you’re a strict iced-drinks-only person, or just like the occasional cold beverage, ice is an essential part of life. Choosing non plastic ice cube trays is a small but mighty way that you can avoid plastic in the kitchen and still enjoy your favorite iced drink. Here’s why you should switch and my top recommendations!

Why Switch to Non Plastic Ice Cube Trays?

Plastic ice cube trays weren’t always the norm. In fact, plastic in general didn’t begin to find popularity until the 1960s. Prior to the rise of plastic, people used other materials, like metal, glass, and wood – much more sustainable materials. Unfortunately, plastic is cheap and durable, so it quickly infiltrated our households.

The problem? Plastic is rarely recycled (about 9% in the US and 32% in the UK) and usually ends up in landfills and oceans, where it poses a threat to wildlife and breaks down into microplastics. Meanwhile, we have perfectly good alternate materials that can be used instead, without wreaking havoc on the environment. 

Plus, plastic isn’t a great materic for ice cube trays. You often end up struggling to break apart the ice, sometimes having to go so far as banging it on the counter or running it under hot water. The plastic also breaks easily – forcing you to throw out old broken trays and purchase new ones!

Three Great Non Plastic Ice Cube Trays

The best materials for non plastic ice cube trays are silicone and metal. Each has its own pros, but both do the job without much issue! Here are the best ones available right now:

Vintage Aluminum Ice Cube Tray

  • Vintage, made in the 1960s
  • Made to last forever, but you can recycle it if need be
  • Holds 10 ice cubes
  • Comes with a metal insert with handles – simply wiggle the handles and pop out the ice cubes
  • Creates unique, large triangle-shaped ice cubes

Vintage Metal Ice Cube Trays

  • Vintage, made in the 1960s
  • Made to last forever, but you can recycle it if need be
  • Holds 18 ice cubes
  • Comes with a metal divider and lever to break apart ice cubes

Trouva XL Teal Blue Ice Cube Tray

  • Flexible, durable silicone allows you to easily pop each ice cube out
  • Built to last forever, but you can recycle it if need be
  • Holds 12 XL ice cubes
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Ships from South London, UK

Do you prefer non plastic ice cube trays made of silicone or metal? Let me know in the comments below.

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Mia Hadrill

hello@aimplasticfree.com
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