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July 11, 2007

Frozen Foods Summary

 

Most frozen foods contain some plastic. Of course, the ideal way to reduce plastic waste would be to avoid these “convenience” foods altogether. But that’s not always practical. So, here is an ongoing list of the amounts of plastic hidden inside packages of frozen foods.

Feel free to e-mail me info to add to the list, so I don’t always have to find out the hard way. Click the Frozen Foods link on the sidebar to return here in the future.

Last update: 08/12/2007

Frozen Entrees:

Brand: Amy’s Kitchen
Tray: Cardboard tray with inside plastic coating
Plastic Film: Overwrap surrounds the entire tray

Brand: Helen’s Kitchen
Tray: Cardboard tray with inside plastic coating
Plastic Film: Across the top only.

Brand: Michael Angelo’s Italian Natural Cuisine
Tray: #1 Plastic
Plastic Film: Across the top only

Brand: Organic Bistro
Tray: Cardboard tray with inside plastic coating
Plastic Film: Across the top only

Brand: Safeway’s Eating Right
Tray: #1 Plastic
Plastic Film: Across the top only

Brand: Seeds of Change
Tray: Cardboard tray with inside plastic coating
Plastic Film: Across the top only

Brand: Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine
Tray: #1 Plastic
Plastic Film: Across the top only

Brand: Whole Kitchen (Whole Foods brand of frozen entrees)
Tray: #1 Plastic
Plastic Film: Across the top only

Misc frozen foods

Brand: Gardenburger (veggie burgers)
Plastic-wrapped 2-packs of burgers inside the box

Brand: Helen’s Kitchen (marinated tofu steaks)
Plastic 3 mil bag inside the box

Vegetables:

Brand: Cascadian Farms Organic
The boxed vegetables contain a “microwaveable flavor seal pouch” inside. I assume this means plastic.

Brand: Stahlbush Island Farms
Do not be fooled! The vegetable package looks like an innocent kraft paper bag. In fact, that is how it’s advertised on their web site. But inside, the bag is lined with plastic. I have e-mailed the company to find out what kind of plastic it is. (Bio? Petro?) Will post an update if/when I get an answer.

Brand: Western Family
Wax paper over a cardboard box.

Ice Cream & other frozen desserts

Brand: Ben & Jerry’s (pint)
Plastic seal around the outside of the lid

Brand: Dove (pint)
Plastic seal around the outside of the lid as well as a ring of hard plastic around the lid.

Brand: Haagen Dasz (pint)
Plastic film under lid over ice cream as well as a ring of hard plastic around the lid.

Brand: Mashti Malone’s ice cream & sorbets (pint)
Plastic-free

Brand: So Delicious (dairy-free mini sandwiches)
Individually wrapped in plastic

Brand: Stonyfield Farm (pint)
Plastic film under lid

Brand: Strauss Family Creamery (pint)
Plastic-free
 



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9 comments
nichole
nichole

That's good, as I typed it I said to myself I said "self, you don't need to eat one more thing with corn in it."

nichole
nichole

Have you mentioned Quorn, yet? It's fake chicken but made from corn, and in my opinion not as good as Chik Patties, BUT no plastic wrapper.

terrible person
terrible person

Hey, here's another reason not to use plastic: it poisons everything! Read this article from yesterday's SF Chronicle! (Hope I used the tag right...)

terrible person
terrible person

I'd like to know how many gallons of petroleum, and how many pounds of carbon dioxide, are represented by each ounce of petroplastic. Could you find this out?Have you ever heard the song "Living in the Plastic Age", by the Buggles, the same folks who did the classic "Video Killed the Radio Star"?

nichole
nichole

I love graphs!This is the kind of information I need. As a singlette on a budget I have a hard time cooking for myself. I'm trying to get better at freezing some meals but I'm not very good at it yet. It's just so tempting to grab a mini pizza and throw it in the oven. mmm pizza.

Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank
Beth in the Fake Plastic Fish Tank

I'm working up to it! I've been such a creature of convenience for so long that it will take some time for me to get in the habit of cooking everything from scratch. In the meantime, I'm trying to cut down on the frozen foods and choose the best alternatives ecologically.We actually do enjoy making our own ice cream.The main reason for this list is to benefit people who are not ready or willing to give up frozen foods. Baby steps, right?

Crunchy Chicken
Crunchy Chicken

Ummm... why don't you skip frozen foods altogether (I apologize if you have already addressed this in a different post)? If you make your own food, you have more control over how much plastic goes into assembly. If you need portable meals, you can always store what you make in reusable containers.You can even make your own icecream.

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