Sunday, October 21, 2012

If You Care Review

Wow, have I got a great company to tell you about tonight that really takes being natural and as organic as possible to the highest levels and that is the If You Care company and program. All of their products have been labeled Certified and ready to use as natural and made from the same material as our FSC certified parchment papers. 

Here are some of the benefits:

**Unbleached greaseproof paper
**Totally chlorine-free (TCF)
**Minimum waste 7
**Unbleached recycled cardboard packaging
**Vegetable-based inks for printing
**Non-toxic glues
**Cardboard packaging should be recycled
**Excellent for baking
**No greasing necessary
**Oven safe up to 428°F/220°C
**Microwave safe
**Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
**Gluten free
**Allergen free

I was sent these products to review:

1.) Kitchen Trash Bags
2.) Parchment Paper
3.) Baking Cups for making cupcakes
4.) Their signature T-shirt (I have to tell you that I love them all!)

The cupcake baking cups were awesome! They performed just like the regular ones that are made with god knows what. These If You Care Large Baking Cups were totally cool to work with. I had no trouble with them at all. I was a little afraid that my cupcakes/muffins might stick to them, but they did not. I am more a muffin maker than a cupcake maker so, I can tell you with great confidence that the muffins came out just like they do when I use regular cups. So, if that is one of your worries, you can rest assured I tested them out thoroughly and they pass my test. I bet they pass yours, too!


The baking cups were really awesome and we had no trouble peeling them back so that we could eat our muffins, (I did not make cup cakes, we love muffins, instead).  They did not burn or turn colors or any other hideous things that you can think of. They really preformed their jobs to the max! I made blueberry muffins, corn muffins and chocolate chip muffins and they all tasted just as good as they did with the other colored chemically induced cups.
I was equally surprised by the Parchment paper. I thought it would have a really rough coarse type paper but it didn't. We mostly use parchment paper on the holidays.  I will get some of them to help line the counters where we will be putting the cookies and such to cool while baking. That way the counters don't get greasy while we unload the cookies while they are hot and the parchment papers keep them nice and cool so no plastic gets melted to the cookies!
They are easy to clean up by just taking off the parchment paper and throwing it away and wiping down the counters. Some grease still escapes but it did that even with the regular parchment paper so I did not hold that against them in any way. If a little grease leaking thru if all I have to worry about, then all is good in the world. I would rather it come off of the parchment paper than still be on the cookie, if you know what I mean.
You can use parchment papers for baking purposes in the oven also and to line things but I have always been one to play it safe than be sorry so on that front, I will have to let you be the best judge.
Now, here is where for the first time, I copied what the website said because it sounded like alot of scientific talk that I couldn't make any sense of so I thought intstead of botching it up, I better let you guys read what they are saying about these amazing trashbags:
If You Care 13 Gallon Tall Compostable Kitchen Bags are the first trash bags made from 97% post consumer recycled material. These bags reduce carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum consumption and landfill waste. Using 1Kg (2.2 lbs) of recycled polyethylene instead of producing new polyethylene plastic reduces carbon dioxide emissions by at least 1.5 Kg and crude oil consumption by 2 Liters
Here is how I look at it in terms of what it saves up to use these trash bags:

Gosh, If You Care has so many more products that I did not get to review or touch base on but I can tell you that they have Aluminum Foil, both regular and heavy duty (both are recycled also), coffee filters for cones and baskets, waxed paper, cheese cloth, twine, household gloves, sandwhich bags, sponge cloths, firelighters, paper baking pans and then of course the recycled trash bags and the Certified Compostable Trash Bags (not sure what those are).

So, it looks like we are well onto our way to making things better, but we are still a longs way off.

This is actually what is on a Tshirt that they sent us and when either I or Mike wear it, we will be proud to because we are trying our best to live up the standards set forth to us my this great organization!
I found this information in the About Us section and thought you might want to read about people who really do care about our world and how we treat it: 
If You Care was conceived of as a brand of environmentally friendly kitchen and household products.
The first If You Care products were unbleached coffee filters, and they were launched in 1990. These were the first unbleached coffee filters in the U.S.

Parchment Baking Paper and Baking Cups soon followed. All of the paper products were unbleached and totally chlorine-free.

In 2004, the very first Aluminum Foil made from 100% recycled aluminum was launched. This product featured a 95% energy savings compared to conventional aluminum foil. Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil for grilling and barbecuing, also from 100% recycled aluminum, was introduced in 2007. That same year, waxed paper, from unbleached paper coated with soybean wax was launched.

 In 2009, two new products are being launched in the fourth quarter – 100% carbon neutral fire starters, made from FSC certified wood and vegetable oil, and sandwich and snack bags made from unbleached greaseproof paper. Many new products in a wide variety of categories are being planned and developed in the coming year.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Breanne said...

Household Gloves

Chelsea said...

I agree, Household Gloves might be nice.

Paula L. said...

The baking pans would be nice to try.

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Gala said...

Coffee Filters - Basket

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

Basket Coffee Filters
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Stephanie said...

I'm interested in the cone coffee filters!
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Julie said...

I'd like to try the cheesecloth

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maria A said...

I would like to try the gloves or FSC Certified Firelighters

Sonya Sanderson said...

FSC Certified Firelighters FSC-C005046 Sonya

lmurley2000 said...

i like to try the foil wrap and

Katie Amanda said...

I like the cooking twine. Thanks!