Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Paper or Plastic?

Anyone that knows me well knows how I feel about plastic and food. The more we can keep the two away from one another, the better. To never buy anything in plastic has become almost unrealistic because these days, just about everything gets wrapped in plastic. Even some relatively whole foods like tempeh, cheeses, yogurts and kefir, grains, beans, water, vegetables and fruit, too, become intimate with plastic at some point.

Still, I would love to see everyone reduce the amount of plastic they are exposed to for so many reasons, including BPA. Here are my tips on how to make this happen:

1. Filter your own drinking water from the tap. You’re probably already paying for it and it’s just as good if not better than most bottled waters. Take it with you in a stainless steel or glass water bottle. I just got the cute one above from lifefactory. They even make glass baby bottles. Or, if you’re a real renegade, visit a nearby spring and get your own, fresh, clean, and often free, spring water. Check out to look for springs near your home.

2. Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store and non-plastic bags to hold your produce. Reuse plastic bags for bulk items like whole grains, beans, and legumes that can be later stored in glass jars.

3. Use glass or ceramic cookware or storage containers, especially if you use a microwave. Or, line your plastic with wax or parchment paper when storing solid foods like baked goods in airtight plastic containers. Here are some dishes made from tempered glass that are safe for kids too.

What one thing can you begin to do today that will lessen your plastic load and that of the planet? I’d love to hear from you!!

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