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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

[Many of us have been using fondant a lot longer than The Mat has been around. I've been using vinyl for years. That was the only way to get a big enough rolling surface. I don't believe that vinyl is dangerous to use...it's used for blood bags and medical tubing, kids toys are made from it, it's used in pipes for drinking water, car interiors, shower curtains, floors, kitchen countertops (that's what laminate countertops are made with). Why change what's been working well for me for many years, just because somebody came up with a new product?



Texas Rose, sorry for the slow response, I wanted to check around a bit. About why change???... Not all that long ago, doctors used to prescribe smoking cigarettes to alleviate coughing/lung problems. Then we learned that smoking cigs causes coughing rather than cures coughing. Years later, we learned about smoking affecting fetuses and put warning on labels. Then we learned about second hand smoke and banned smoking in the workplace. Now we know certain plastics are good and food safe while other plastics are not. We now know better about cigs and we are learning about plastics. You are correct about blood bags, medical tubing and PVC piping. Those are all food safe plastics. Shower curtains are not and neither is craft store or Wal Mart vinyl. The smell test is a good test. I'm sure you know the smell of a new shower curtain... very strong chemical smell. Try the smell of plastic food wrap like Saran Wrap... smells nice and clean. I went to JoAnns today and smelled their vinyl. It had a very strong chemical smell. When I get my new Mat from Sweet Wise that I just ordered, I'll write back about what it smells like.
I just think that as we learn more about what is harmful to our bodies, we should try to do better. Since I make cakes for friends and family, I want to know I'm giving them the best and safest food I can give them.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by CakeDay

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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

[Many of us have been using fondant a lot longer than The Mat has been around. I've been using vinyl for years. That was the only way to get a big enough rolling surface. I don't believe that vinyl is dangerous to use...it's used for blood bags and medical tubing, kids toys are made from it, it's used in pipes for drinking water, car interiors, shower curtains, floors, kitchen countertops (that's what laminate countertops are made with). Why change what's been working well for me for many years, just because somebody came up with a new product?



Texas Rose, sorry for the slow response, I wanted to check around a bit. About why change???... Not all that long ago, doctors used to prescribe smoking cigarettes to alleviate coughing/lung problems. Then we learned that smoking cigs causes coughing rather than cures coughing. Years later, we learned about smoking affecting fetuses and put warning on labels. Then we learned about second hand smoke and banned smoking in the workplace. Now we know certain plastics are good and food safe while other plastics are not. We now know better about cigs and we are learning about plastics. You are correct about blood bags, medical tubing and PVC piping. Those are all food safe plastics. Shower curtains are not and neither is craft store or Wal Mart vinyl. The smell test is a good test. I'm sure you know the smell of a new shower curtain... very strong chemical smell. Try the smell of plastic food wrap like Saran Wrap... smells nice and clean. I went to JoAnns today and smelled their vinyl. It had a very strong chemical smell. When I get my new Mat from Sweet Wise that I just ordered, I'll write back about what it smells like.
I just think that as we learn more about what is harmful to our bodies, we should try to do better. Since I make cakes for friends and family, I want to know I'm giving them the best and safest food I can give them.



Saran wrap has an odor. So does PVC pipe at first...it even has a taste (ever lived in a brand-new house?). I used to use vinyl decorating bags from Wilton (been doing this that long LOL) and they had an odor at first too. Our noses can't tell what's safe for us and what's not. Find some proof somewhere that's more than just that "it has an icky smell" and I'll be the first one ordering the mat.
post #18 of 18
There are serious issues with vinyl (PVC). Please do your research. I would recommend using only a food grade type of mat. Personally I would not buy any vinyl, food grade or not due to all the issues with the dioxins used in making it etc.
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