When you are looking for BPA free products it can be quite difficult to really find everything that doesn’t contain polycarbonates. The best way to go is to go with products and kitchen utensils that have been made out of stainless steel. Ice cube trays usually are made from plastic for a few reasons.
The first is of course – like in most cases – the manufacturing costs. People like to buy cheap stuff, and when it comes to the little things that you need in your home, it is easy to forget about the potential health risks that they might come with.
The second is the fact that with plastic and other materials that contain bisphenol-a are easy to make in to nice shapes. Many families – especially the ones that have small children, like to purchase nicely colored and shaped ice cube trays, without really thinking about the possible harms that they could cause them in the long run. With children and especially with babies, who have a less efficient immune system, you are actually taking a risk every time. You can find those cheap plastic trays shaped as hearts, little teddy bears, hearts and stars – all of which are little figures that the kids are fond of, and for that reason families usually buy them without really thinking about the possible consequences that might come along.
Stainless steel ice cube trays don’t usually come in many different forms, but in the end they are only ice cubes, and they serve one purpose – make the beverages as cold as possible. What you don’t get with a BPA free ice tray, is the potentially harmful bisphenol-a that could cause several diseases like cancer, thyroid problems and even DNA methylation – where a methyl group attaches to the DNA; this can be the root of many of the problems.
This tray is not only free of potentially harmful compounds, but it is also eco-friendly as it has a very long lifespan – being made out of stainless steel, it is virtually indestructible, and does not corrode, making it a good long term investment. Even though it is a little bit more expensive than a cheap plastic one, it will pay itself back really soon, since you won’t have to buy a new one ever, and you aren’t causing stress to the nature with excessive use of polycarbonates.
Unlike with trays that are made from different materials, you have a useful ice cube releasing mechanism; you won’t have to bang tray against the table to release the cubes, but instead you just pull the lever so the partitioning walls are released and the cubes are free for use – that way it is also more hygienic than a traditional tray.
In the end we all just want to give our families a healhty life and not intentionally cause any harm, and that is why stainless steel ice cube trays are so useful. The ice cubes will not be polluted by any chemicals that could be released by the material that has been used for the manufacturing.