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From breast implants to ice cube trays: How silicone took over our kitchens

 

August 17, 2018



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One of my ice cube trays is a small, yellow novelty tray that, when placed in the freezer, molds water into little duck-shaped pieces of ice.

You’ve probably seen ice cube trays like this in all types of shapes, from airplanes to superhero logos.

While these trays have become commonplace, they symbolize how the material used to make them – silicone – has transformed our kitchens over the past two decades.

Silicone was originally inven...



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