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#7-Food storage alternatives January 16, 2008

Filed under: no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 2:46 am
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My obsession with eliminating plastic from our lives started off as a health issue. I had started to read and hear way too many connections between the negative effects of plastic and our health. Plastic leeching into my food, styrofoam breaking down into my coffee, and phtalates (a chemical used to soften plastic, proven dangerous to pregnant women) emanating from shower curtains –these were issues that I really couldn’t grasp and certainly wasn’t going to put up with. Ideally, there would be a governing body watching over us, letting us know when something harmful was coming our way. In the case of plastics, there is not….so my scientific research continues, through the powers of observation and motherhood , I continue to discover that in fact, plastic really is harmful.

On a positive note, there are so many alternatives. When it comes to what we put into our bodies there is only one answer: it has got to be plastic-free.

On that note, food storage containers. It’s worth a small investment in some glass storage containers.They do have plastic lids,(just in case someone was going to call me out on that one) but I still think they solve multiple plastic issues.

Some great choices:

Crate and Barrel

Bed, Bath and Beyond (pyrex)

Alternative idea: save glass containers from food jars, rinse, and re-use! (now that’s earth friendly……)

A website called Grinning Planet has some great info:

Several research studies have found that when plastic comes in contact with certain foods, molecules of the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the food or beverage. Certain characteristics of the food item can make it more likely pick up plastic molecules:

  • The more liquid a food is, the more it touches the plastic, so the more opportunity it has to pick up plastic molecules.
  • Acid foods, such as tomato sauce, appear to be particularly interactive with plastic.
  • If you heat a food item in a plastic container—even if the container is microwave safe—the transference of plastic from the container to the food is even more likely.

When molecules of plastic—or more properly, molecules of the chemicals that get added to plastics during manufacturing—get into picture of plastic storage containers our bodies, it’s not a good thing. They can cause unwanted effects in the human body; for instance, some of the chemicals mimic estrogen. Estrogen, of course, is a normal, essential human hormone; but having too much of it (or the molecules that mimic estrogen) has been associated with breast cancer and other health problems. In general, chemicals that fool the body into thinking they are estrogen or other hormones are called endocrine disruptors.



Eliminating plastic has so many benefits, for our health and the environment. The kids are doing this with me know and each day we are able to move further and further away from the dangers of plastic.


8 Responses to “#7-Food storage alternatives”

  1. Another great blog. Erin and I have stainless steel bowls. There are different sizes and came as a set from (shhhh Costco). They too have plastic lids but I guess if the food is not touching the plastic then it is somewhat better.

    Oh and the junk mail is a lifelong battle.

    Keep up the great work.

  2. Meghan Says:

    We received the glass nesting bowls from CB from a friend. I love them and have replaced all of our old tupperware. They nest like those Russian toy dolls of all different sizes making them incredibly easy to store AND find.

  3. stephanie Says:

    Thanks for posting this! Just two weeks ago I realized that for all my preaching I still was using plastic tupperware! I was jut so used to it I didnt even make the connection!! This is a great!

  4. Deb Says:

    So, does this mean that frozen foods(Stouffer’s Mac/Cheese) should be eliminated from our shopping list? It comes in a plastic container that can be heated in the microwave and the oven. That cannot be good for us. Is this true?

  5. Eva Says:

    How about ziploc type bags for food storage especially freezing sauce. Are toxins being released in food thruogh those too?

  6. Great post. I’m a student, and have also been trapped by ziplock and tupperware. I’ve been trying to make the switch away from plastic, but it’s easier said than done. Fridge space is tight, and I often have to cook for a few days so I have meals on standby. Stainless steal bowls are too big, glass is too breakable (when a fridge is crammed with food), and pyrex is expensive. I guess I need to look at Value Village some more.

  7. Emma Watts Says:

    While everyone says “Tupperware” is safe. Tupperware will last for 40 years. Tupperware manufactured in the 1970’s – Are they safe? I can’t seem to find any information. I would like to find out and destroy if necessary.

  8. […] but never microwave in them as this heightens possibility of chemicals leaking into your edibles. Use plastic alternatives like ball jars and glass food storage, non-bleached parchment paper, and foil “boats” […]

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