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April 6, 2010

No More Plastic Food Containers, Please!

Plastic food containers. Not so great. And yet, how many of us have a ton of them stashed away in our kitchens? I still do, actually, high above the ceramic bowls and plates.  A reminder of the way I used to live.

Plastic food containers

Well, plastic food containers are the topic of this week’s Spring Cleaning Carnival spearheaded by Katie at Kitchen Stewardship, where I was happy to guest blog.  Over there, I share my personal plastic story and the reasons to eliminate plastic food containers from our kitchens.  In my post here, I’ll provide practical tips for doing just that. And as an added incentive to get the plastic out, Katie and I are both hosting giveaways this week.  She’s giving away two stainless steel containers from Life Without Plastic, and I’m giving away a Pura Stainless baby bottle.  More on that stuff below at the end of this post. First, about those plastic containers…

04/18/2009 Update:  The contest is over and winners have been chosen.  Katie’s winner of the Life Without Plastic stainless steel containers is posted on her blog.  Unfortunately, her blog was hacked this weekend (as was mine!), and she’s working furiously to get it back up.  I’ll link to the winner on her blog when it has recovered.

The winner of the stainless steel baby bottle is listed at the bottom of this post.

In a nutshell

When I first started eliminating plastic from my life, I didn’t worry about the plastic I already had in my kitchen. I continued to use plastic food containers for eating and storage because I didn’t want to waste what I already had. But after learning so much about the chemicals that can leach from plastics, I eventually decided that eating from any kind of plastic was not worth the health risks.

Why? Because in addition to the chemicals we do know about and try to avoid: BPA, phthalates, antimony, and recently antibacterials, there are a whole host of additives in plastics we don’t know about at all. Plastics manufacturers are not required to disclose any of the chemicals they add to plastics, so we as consumers have no way of knowing if which ones, if any, are safe.

Now, I’m not advocating running out to replace every speck of plastic you have in your kitchen right away. And I’m certainly not in favor of tossing it all in the landfill. Here are a few ideas.

Baby Steps

If you want to keep using your current plastic containers for a while, here are some tips to reduce the likelihood of chemical leaching.

Stop heating plastic. Period. Do not put it in the microwave. Do not put it in the oven. Do not put it in the dishwasher, even on the top rack. Heat causes plastics to leach more readily. If you must eat food from plastic containers, please hand wash them with warm (not hot) water. Do not serve hot food in them ever. And, if you’re still buying bottled beverages (you’re not, right?), never store them in the hot trunk of a car.

No fatty foods. Plastic containers are not good for fatty foods either because plastic is lipophyllic, which means that it attracts and binds with fats. Have you noticed how hard it is to clean grease from plastic containers? That’s why. So, when considering what foods to store in plastic, think about cold sandwiches, dried fruits, crackers, nuts, etc. Those kinds of foods might be the least likely to encourage leaching.

Keep away from sunlight. In addition to heat, light also causes plastics to break down, in a process called photodegradation. Keep them in the dark. Far back, in the darkest reaches of your cupboard or pantry, where you’ll forget you even have them and use something else instead.

Making Strides

Okay, so you’re ready to start replacing some of the plastic that you already have. Here are some tips:

Kids’ stuff first. Children’s developing bodies are much more susceptible to harm from leaching chemicals than adults’ are. As Jennifer Taggart writes in her book, Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure,icon

Children are not ‘little adults.’ [….] Children consume more food on a body-weight basis, and have a faster metabolism. They have a larger skin-surface area in relation to body weight, and have a different body composition. They experience rapid growth not seen in later life. Many of their systems are immature when born, including their immune system, and may be more susceptible to harm.

So replacing children’s plastic bottles, cups, food containers, toys, and anything else they might put in their mouths is probably more important than replacing your own at first. If you’re worried about breaking glass or ceramics, think about stainless steel or wood. Life Without Plastic, one of the sponsors of this blog, carries children’s plastic-free tableware and food storage containers made from both of these materials.  Other great plastic-free containers for kids are LunchBots and PlanetBox.  You can also find glass or stainless steel baby bottles with silicone nipples. 

Drink from Stainless Steel. Get a stainless steel water bottle or travel mug and never buy a drink in disposable plastic again. Did you know that even paper coffee cups are actually lined with plastic? If you put cream in your hot coffee, you’ve got two plastic no-no’s in one: Heat and Fat.

Glass jars rock. To get started with plastic-free food storage right away, just stop putting your glass jars in the recycling bin and keep them to reuse. In our home, we store almost all of our leftovers and food from bulk bins (rice, beans, grains, nuts, baking soda, etc.) in reused glass spaghetti sauce jars. And yes, you can store glass jars in the freezer. Carefully. Don’t fill the jar all the way up to the top. And don’t subject jars to extremes of temperature, for instance, freezer to microwave. Food in jars needs to thaw a bit at room temperature (or in a bath of warm water) before heating.

Sometimes buying new is okay. I invested in some Anchor glass refrigerator containers, which I love.  They have glass lids and can go in freezer, refrigerator, microwave, and oven.  (Just not immediately from freezer to oven, please.)  And they are eminently stackable.  The not-so-great thing is that the lids are not airtight, so they don’t work for transporting food (unless you are very careful) or for long-term storage.  For those needs, I have Life Without Plastic’s airtight stainless steel containers.  They can’t go in the microwave or oven, but they’re great for food storage.

A Giant Leap

Want to go all the way? How about committing to never buying/eating food in plastic again. Okay, depending on your situation and the resources available to you, that might not be possible. Here are a few tips to get you as far along the path as possible.

Bulk bin love. Check your local area and find out what stores sell foods in bulk bins where you can bring your own bags and containers. If the store is able to weigh your containers before you fill them, then bring your own jars or cloth drawstring bags (for example Eco Bags), and you won’t have to transfer your purchases when you get home. If not, reuse your disposable bags and transfer food immediately. Keep your bags to take with you the next time.

Rethink what you eat. My diet changed drastically when I gave up plastic. For the better! Instead of living on frozen convenience foods, energy bars, chips and fast food, I started eating whole foods like fruits, veggies, grains, and beans. Not only did I cut out the chemicals that could leach from the plastic, I also got rid of the chemicals added to the foods in the first place.

Make it yourself. Sometimes, when I can’t get a particular prepared food without plastic, I find a way to make it from scratch. No, I don’t bake my own bread, although I’m sure some of you are awesome bakers. But I did find a way to make my own chocolate syrup and mayonnaise and mustard.

Bring your own containers for leftovers. Those stainless steel containers come in very handy after a restaurant meal.   You don’t have to bring your food home in plastic when you have your own container with you.

Repurposing

So, what should we do with all our old plastic containers?  Instead of adding to the landfill, how about using them for storing non-food items?  Desk supplies.  Craft supplies.  Hardware.  The possibilities are endless.  Like I said, I think it’s important to reuse the plastic we already have.  Just not for food.

The Giveaway

I don’t have kids, so I need your help.  As I mentioned above, I’m giving away one Pura Stainless 11oz infant bottle with medium-flow silicone nipple and silicone travel cover.  The bottle is made from food service grade (#304) stainless steel.  Even the ring that holds the nipple is made from stainless rather than plastic (unlike Klean Kanteen’s.)  And according to the package, the paint on the outside of the bottles is “non-toxic and free of lead, phthalates, PVC, and BPA.”

Pura Stainless baby bottle

Pura Stainless baby bottle

Pura’s baby bottles come in a variety of sizes. And in addition to company’s own silicone nipples, the bottles will fit many other brands of nipples and sip spouts. However, I believe that right now, the only sip spouts available for these bottles are plastic. What to do? To sip or not to sip? If I had a kid, I wouldn’t want a plastic spout stuck in his/her mouth. I don’t remember drinking from a sippy cup when I was a kid, and I’ve found numerous anti-sippy cup articles online tonight. But like I said, I am not a mom and have no experience in that department, which is why I need your comments!

Enter the Giveaway

There are several ways to enter the giveaways on both Katie’s and my blogs. So that the comments don’t get out of control, feel free to include more than one of these choices in the same comment. Just number them so we can keep them straight.

1) Leave a comment here about your own experience getting the plastic out of your kitchen. Also, please let me know whether you are entering the giveaway, and if so, which item(s) (stainless container or baby bottle) you are interested in. You can enter for both.

2) Leave your opinions about baby bottles, sippy cups, and whether any of them are necessary in the first place. I know quite a few of you probably don’t advocate bottle-feeding at all.

3) Leave a comment on my guest post at Kitchen Stewardship.

4) Leave a comment on Katie’s review of Life Without Plastic containers.

5) Use the Linky below to post your own blog or article on plastic, plastic containers, plastic and food, or anything else related.

6) Subscribe to Fake Plastic fish updates via the box on the right sidebar and let me know in a comment that you subscribed or that you were already a subscriber.

The random winner of the Pura Stainless baby bottle is MicheleP.  Congratulations!

That’s it.  Now, let’s hear what you have to say about food and plastic.

Next week’s Spring Clean Get The Junk Out Carnival will be hosted by Donielle at Naturally Knocked Up, and the topic is refined sugar. You can bet that my post will have something to do with sugar and plastic. Stay tuned.

Full Disclosure: Pura Stainless supplied the baby bottle offered in this giveaway. But I’m shipping it to you myself. Aren’t I nice? Also, if you use the Barnes & Noble link in this post (above) to buy The Smart Mama’s Green Guide, Fake Plastic Fish earns a small commission. But try to borrow, find it used, or buy it locally from an independent book seller before going the online route. For an explanation, read my full advertising/review policy here.

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1 year 3 months ago

Unfortunately “didn’t want to waste what I already had” is the problem that a lot of people are going to have when they embark on weeding out the plastic in their lives. Almost everybody I know is going to have a ton of the stuff in their storage rooms and to get rid of and replace all of it is no easy feat for sure!

1 year 7 months ago

I agree to decrease the usage of plastic material, it’s hard to recycle. I prefer to use the stainless steel item for durability.

RitaDanny
1 year 9 months ago
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HannaMae
1 year 9 months ago

I have tons of plastic containers at home. That’s pretty much all I use. I found your post very interesting. I will take a baby step – and  as you mentioned, will stop heating plastic. I had no idea of the consequences of heating plastic containers. <a href=’http://www.quantumstorage.com’ > http://www.quantumstorage.com</a&gt;

Elizabeth Newell
2 years 7 months ago
I don’t want to tell moms and dads what to do but as a registered dental hygienist I would like to point out that sippy cups full of juice or milk can encourage a child to sip all day. This leads to greater acid and sugar exposure for their teeth. So while the cup may be more convenient it may be better for the child to have to sit down and carefully drink from a cup a few time a day than suck on a sippy cup continually. Of course tap water is the best choice for in between meal… Read more »
carlosthompson73
3 years 3 months ago

These plastic containers are very durable. You can store anything right from medicines, food items to vegetables….

3 years 7 months ago

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5 years 9 months ago

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Shannon
5 years 10 months ago

I have shopped out of bulk bins for a long time (I have my own glass jars) but it only recently occurred to me that the bins themselves are plastic. And, the bulk items are probably shipped to the stores in plastic containers. We just can’t win. :(

6 years 2 months ago

Storing lefovers: plastic wrap wins? No way! yes! (Unless your Beth and jars, of course):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/12/AR2010041203231.html?waporef=obinsite

6 years 2 months ago

Wonderful! Wonderful! I’ve been living like this for decades. It’s so deflating thinking you’re all on your own in the eco-fight! So happy to see you here. Great articles! I have added myself to your fans at FB and followers on twitter.

I choose the stainless steel container contest! But it’s just great to see more and more people really LIVING the sustainable life! Maybe all I did back in the early 70’s wasn’t for naught! :-)
.-= HD Marsh´s last blog ..Vegan Chocolate Cake =-.

6 years 2 months ago

1. We’ve been slowly eliminating plastic from our kitchen and finding substitutes. The most successful experiment has been the bread (homemade in bread machine) being wrapped in cloth and stored in an old popcorn tin.

2. I”d love to be entered in the giveaway for the stainless steel container! Still don’t own one yet!

3. I follow you in my RSS feed.

4. I”m not a huge fan of sippy cups, but we use KK with the sippy and sport tops for our kids when traveling.

Jenessa
6 years 2 months ago
I started phasing out the plastic containers in my kitchen by reusing them to organize my craft and office supplies. After what I’d read, I really didn’t want to eat out of them anymore! I started buying glass jars at garage sales and thrift stores and reusing the ones salsa and pasta sauce came in (I have quite a collection now!). Getting the plastic out of my kitchen has not just resulted in a healthy space and clear conscience, I’ve found that glass jars are much easier to organize than those messy plastic containers and their lids! I’d love to… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
Beth, I was *almost* afraid to read this entry because as you may know, I still use (and advocate) the cheap plastic Gerber containers for food storage. I’ve done this simply because in the scheme of “going green,” there is so much to do and so much expense, and kids lose tops…BUT…after reading this, the connection between fats & plastic really connected for me. I’m going to be more circumspect when I talk about this on my blog, pointing back to your post. AND I’m going to stop packing my son’s peanut butter sandwiches in the reusable plastic containers! THANK… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

Hey there, love your blog! We have been spending this month focusing on getting the plastic out of our kitchen (along with the non-stick, but that’s another story). Anyway, we’ve found that we LOVE stainless, and that pyrex rocks for hubby’s lunches (though they do have plastic lids…). I would love to enter for the SS Bottle for DD… and while I firmly believe breast is best, I was unable to breastfeed exclusively and could no longer produce after 5 months (talk about a long hard struggle… again another story). Anyway, I love the idea of a stainless bottle!!

Frances
6 years 2 months ago
I’m interested in winning either the ss container OR the baby bottle (if I win the latter, I’ll probably give it away as a gift). 1) We use Pyrex bowls with (ahem, plastic) lids to store our leftovers – they’re great for my husband to take to work and pop into the microwave for lunch. 2) I exclusively breastfed my baby girl for 6 months and we’re still nursing at 14 months. We tried bottles a handful of times and she never took to them. So I’ve learned by experience that they aren’t necessary. Moms just have to be committed… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
I am very much interested in the stainless steel containers. I haven’t done a whole bunch about getting rid of plastic containers in my kitchen although I have been feeling increasingly guilty that I still use them. Two things I have done: 1. I purchased a glass butter dish – rather than my used yogurt container. 2. Got glass canisters from my honey for Christmas and purchased other glass canisters with Christmas money. Now I am storing a fair bit of dry goods in glass rather than old recycled plastic containers. My goal over the last year has been to… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
Hi Beth, Here are my entries for give-away (both stainless container and baby bottle): (1) Reading your blog has gotten me really interested in decreasing the amount of plastic in my life. Sometimes I find it frustrating when food items I need (or at least I think I need) aren’t available in a non-plastic container. I think I just need to find time to check out some different stores in my area. We have a Whole Foods nearby, but they don’t have the same bulk selection you describe in your posts. Getting rid of plastic storage containers has been the… Read more »
Eliza
6 years 2 months ago
I started weeding the plastic out of our kitchen when I got pregnant with our second child (now 6 mo old). I replaced all the BPA bottles with new BPA-free ones (still plastic but better). I found a way to repurpose the old ones (since you can’t recycle, didn’t want them in a landfill, and didn’t want them used by anyone else). My son’s preschool class is going to use them for a craft project for their Mother’s Day tea; they are going to decoupage tissue paper on them and make bud vases. This week I have cleaned out all… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

I have been sending the links and relevant product sites for all my friends and family who have had babies…none of them bought it though…I am planning a baby right now and will def. buy only such products for my baby….that makes me an ideal candidate for the giveaway…(lol)…:)

as for eliminating plastics from the kitchen, I have seven containers…all food storage (dry( which were a gift for my wedding…:(…looking for a clean green way of replacing them…but as of now will only use them
.-= Sudha´s last blog ..A school girl at the UN Environment summit – Rio =-.

Deirdre Hopkins
6 years 2 months ago

I would love to win either items! I have a 4 month old baby and would love a more sturdy sippy cup. To get the plastics out of my house my hubby and I watched “the story of stuff” video. Very convicting. Now we don’t buy water bottles at all. I’ve tried to teach my kids to recycle, and we even make a game out of it.

sharonus
6 years 2 months ago
I wanted to respond to Kelly G’s post: “I even went and bought two stainless steel sippy cups (one for each child) and they have NOT held up well. The one had a plastic flip top to open and close, but the hinge broke when my toddler dropped it from his booster seat onto the tile floor. I had JUST bought it and can’t bear to spend another $10-20 on one when I don’t know if it’s just going to break again. ” Kelly, you should contact the manufacturer. Email their Customer Service and ask them how you can get… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

Hi Beth,

You probably already know this because you’re super on top of things, but you can send your old #5 plastic (like Gladware) to Preserve Products (the toothbursh people). If you go to their website, they have some drop off containers, but none in my neck of the woods. I agree with repurposing your plastic, but this is a good option if you’ve lost the top or bottom of the container.

sharonus
6 years 2 months ago
Hi Beth, Sippy cups and bottles were a must have for my kids. My husband was the stay at home parent and I pumped while at work. We did use plastic bottles, but I would use glass today. One of my sisters-in-law used glass baby bottles and I saw those bottles dropped a number of times and they never broke. For sippy cups, we use Klean Kanteen bottles with the sippy lids. There are just some times when a cup won’t work (like in the car) and you need to have some protection against spilling. My kids never drank much… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

I became a fan on facebook.
.-= Kelly G.´s last blog ..Happy Easter =-.

6 years 2 months ago
I have two kids and am finding it very hard to get rid of the plastic in my kitchen. It seems so durable and quick to grab. I for the most part didn’t use baby bottles, but do have one glass one in case we needed it. However, sippy cups are my problem. I don’t really like relying on them, however I could not imagine the amount of liquid I would have spilled everywhere if I didn’t use them. I even went and bought two stainless steel sippy cups (one for each child) and they have NOT held up well.… Read more »
Tressa
6 years 2 months ago
I love your site! I have gotten so many great ideas from you! Thanks. I have been trying to get rid of plastics for a while now. My husband has reused spaghetti jars for years and we found the natural peanut butter comes in glass too. I have and EcoLunchbox that I bring to work. I work 12 hr shifts and it has plenty of room. I also picked up a tiffin for when we have leftovers from eating out, and it works great. I just got some gallon size glass storage jars for our pantry and I am planning… Read more »
Angie
6 years 2 months ago

I would like to enter the stainless container giveaway. I just subscribed to Fake Plastic Fish.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I’m going to be trying your mayo recipe in the very near future.

6 years 2 months ago
I just had to share with you my shopping experience today! I went to WF and I came prepared! I had my glass canning jars, I went to the customer service center, I had them weigh my jars so I could fill them up in the bulk isle. 2 ladies were watching me and exclaimed they had no idea they could do that! They said they were going to bring their own jars next time too. I felt so happy to have been a good example, but I wouldn’t have done it w/out your guidance. So thank you!! blessings, Rachel… Read more »
nicole
6 years 2 months ago
I am totally interested in the baby bottle give away. I’m trying to switch from plastic to less toxic containers. Starting with my baby’s things first. My husband thinks I am crazy! haha My problem is I am new at all of this and just had a baby not long ago all our bottles are plastic and brand new! My husband thinks all this is a waste of our money :( I’ve been breast feeding my baby, but often have to supplement when my supply is down. The plastic bottles are making me worry. I’m trying to start by saving… Read more »
Gabrielle
6 years 2 months ago

Hey there! Would like to enter give-a-way for bottle or containers. I have been slowly whittling away at petroleum products in my life and many have thought me a bit crazy. It was a relief to search the internet and find other people out there that were just as “crazy” as me–helps to have a place to get new ideas! Any body out there have any ideas on available 100% cotton bras? Trying to avoid plastic in my undergarments has been dizzying! Thanks, gabby

Laura
6 years 2 months ago

Just became a fan on Facebook :o)

I’d love the bottle, a close friend of mine is currently pregnant, and I’m putting together a gift pack of non plastic items.

Lisa
6 years 2 months ago

Love the stainless bottle. Even a few years ago when my son was a baby, I could not find anything but plastic and it felt wrong, wrong, wrong. I’ll need to gift some stainless bottles to my soon-to-be-born great-nephews.

Martha Radatz
6 years 2 months ago
I really appreciate your blog and have been following it for some time. It gives me many great ideas (and encouragement) in my efforts to try and eliminate plastic from our lives. I would like to enter the giveaway for the containers. I have been coveting these for sometime, especially with summer coming on and the need to transport picnic items. At home, I use the pyrex glass food containers and use those instead of tupperware. I have just ordered eco-bags to try and free myself from using (and washing) those plastic bags for the bulk food bins. I was… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
Slightly off-topic, but I was thinking about how you switched from milk in your cereal to water and maple syrup. My local dairy does the same thing — glass milk bottles with plastic caps — BUT another local dairy doesn’t! Windsor Dairy is a raw-milk dairy, and I live in a cow-share state (you can’t buy raw milk by the carton, but you can “buy” part of a cow, and then drink milk from that dairy), but I know (from visiting the farm) that you pick up your milk in Ball Jars, and then return them for reuse when they’re… Read more »
Kelly
6 years 2 months ago

1. I try not to store food in plastics and I definitely don’t heat anything in plastic containers.

2. I”d love to be entered in the giveaway for both items!

3. I follow you in my RSS feed.

4. I”m not a huge fan of sippy cups, but they are nice in a pinch!

[…] at Fake Plastic Fish is hosting “Get the Plastic Out!” this week.  I was a little worried about this topic […]

I’m so happy to know that I’m already practicing a lot of your suggestions. It’s funny to think that when challenged to ‘get out the plastic’ I’m a little nervous. I can’t imagine being stuck with water fountain water all day at school. Ugh. I have a metal bottle but I can’t yack down the mineral laden water.

I LOVE my glass jars – you should see my pantry. I buy in bulk and everything is stored in glass. Couldn’t imagine going back to all those clunky containers.

6 years 2 months ago
Hi there! My first time here (via your guest post) and I am going to be spending a lot of time looking around! Another new blot to learn about…it may be bordering on addiction :) Here are a few of my thoughts (and the entry numbers!) 1. We are working hard to eliminate plastics in our life too, in baby steps. I’ve started canning a lot of our own foods and also use the glass canning jars for storing pastas, rice, dried beans, etc. We’ve got the reused glass jars from assorted purchases, but since I buy fewer and fewer… Read more »

[…] one over at Kitchen Stewardship talking about her journey from plastic user to plastic avoider, and one at Fake Plastic Fish detailing how she has stopped using plastic containers in her house. These posts really resonated […]

amanda k.
6 years 2 months ago
1) As I begin canning more produce (yummy organics from the Hollywood farmers market), I find myself with a surplus of empty jars ALL the time (from eating my tasty canned salsa and the cranberry relish that just keeps getting better). As I empty one glass jar, I recycle one plastic container and forever replace it with a happy Kerr canning jar. Yay! (also, please enter me for both of the giveaway items. My cousin is having a baby in August!) 2) Baby bottles are pretty rotten — I think that, if you’re willing to have a baby, you ought… Read more »

[…] Cleaning Carnival headed up by Katie at Kitchen Stewardship continues – this week Beth at Fake Plastic Fish is talking about getting the plastic out. Stop by and see what she has to say about how our food […]

Braedy's World
6 years 2 months ago
I want to enter in the draw for both the bottle and the container!! I was in the process of trying to become plastic-free when I stumbled on your blog just over a year ago. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting closer!! I now use spaghetti sauce jars and glass juice bottles to store my bulk bin items such as rice, nuts, etc. I use a vegetable soap that is made locally and wrapped in recycled parcel paper as packaging. My shampoo is still in a plastic bottle, but you buy one bottle and you can refill it… Read more »
Amanda W
6 years 2 months ago
Okay, so secondly, you asked about the necessity of bottles, sippy cups, etc, and I struggle with that one. My son had to be weaned earlier than I’d hoped so we switched to bottles for a while because he wasn’t ready for sippy cups, and now we use sippy cups because I can’t handle the messes (and we’ve tried regular cups for him regularly but the spills from a busy child are crazy). Perhaps I’m just a bad disciplinarian, but it saves my pregnant self from going crazy. I also need the convenience of him having water wherever we go.… Read more »
Amanda W
6 years 2 months ago

We’re trying to use less plastic, which is hard because it’s so prevalent, but we’re using glass mason jars for a lot more stuff when possible. And definitely entering the giveaway for both.

6 years 2 months ago

I have always shuddered to see cases of bottled water stacked in the windows of stores (convenience stores and the like). Can you imagine?!? :>)
.-= Lenetta @ Nettacow´s last blog ..No More Plastic Food Storage Containers? =-.

6 years 2 months ago
Yes! I’d love to win the stainless steel container (fortunately, my babies are all big boys now). Here’s my getting the plastic out of the kitchen post: http://remainsofday.blogspot.com/2010/03/getting-plastic-out-kitchen-edition_31.html I did not get rid of my plastic containers. They are all #5, we don’t heat in them, and usually food does not spend a lot of time in there, so I’m not too worried. I did breastfeed all 3 of my kids (including twins) for over two years each, but I would never advocate “not bottle feeding.” Exposure to a little plastic, even BPA, is not as bad as starving to… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

“But I did find a way to make my own chocolate syrup and mayonnaise and mustard.”,

So, I worked my fanny off last year coming up with homemade catsup and you don’t make it? Harumph.
I submitted a link up at the mclinky thing on your blog if anyone is interested.
.-= Rob´s last blog ..Small chairs for the garden! =-.

6 years 2 months ago

Ah yes I too am in the looong process of converting away from plastics. I am using all of our old tupperware stuff for storing homemade playdough for the kids, and for organizing other arts and crafts supplies.
I mainly breastfed with both my kids, but bought all glass bottles with BPA free nipples. I wish I had known that there were stainless steel bottles when I was buying those! We all have our own stainless steel water bottles (even the dog, along with their stainless food and water bowls).

Jana @ The Summer House
6 years 2 months ago

The Summer House is almost plastic free….just trying to figure out how to freeze in glass jars. And what to store my bread dough in while it’s in the fridge. I can’t wait to look around your blog!
Jana
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6 years 2 months ago
I would love to enter for both items! Here’s what I have to say: First, I am pregnant with twins! I don’t have kids yet, so I don’t know much about taking care of them. I’m hoping to breastfeed, but I have registered for glass baby bottles for two reasons. One is that I think breastfeeding twins will be tough, and I want to pump and freeze milk for those tough times. The other is that I would like my husband to be able to bond with the babies as well as help me out with feedings, so I’d like… Read more »

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crystal
6 years 2 months ago

I’m gradually working on getting rid of the plastic in my kitchen. I’m saving jars to use for storage. I got rid of all the plastic cooking utensils my husband seemed to love. I have some stainless steel water bottles. I buy bulk from my local co-op whenever I can. I mostly breastfeed my children but do occasionally pump and use a bottle. I would be interested in both giveaways but would especially like the bottle as I am expecting baby #4

Kate F.
6 years 2 months ago

I am just starting the journey to get plastic out of the kitchen. The first step I have taken is to get stainless steel water bottles. While I still am storing leftovers in plastic, I never heat them in the microwave. I guess I should rethink even using them for leftovers though.

6 years 2 months ago
We’ve ditched almsot all the plastic containers. I love my Anchor Hocking! We use the plastic that we’ve acquired over the years for storing dry goods, like pasta and my son’s crayons and stickers. I didn’t really use baby bottles much, but I did get some a few years ago that were BPA free. I mostly nursed and pumped a few times to go out to dinner. So the bottles only got a little use. I passed them on. But, we are going to try for another one next month and I may try pumping more! I love, love, love… Read more »
monkeyjen
6 years 2 months ago

Most of our plastic containers were the cheap kind or chinese food containers, so as they cracked and broke or lids got lost, we have been disposing of them. We have been saving glass jars for storage and have invested in a couple nice glass storage containers. I would LOVE to have the baby bottle for my brand new niece, Emily :-)

Amy
6 years 2 months ago
I’d love to be entered in your baby bottle giveaway! I’m currently (and unexpectedly) expecting baby #4, after a 10 year hiatus. When my other three were babies, not even glass was an option anymore! While I intend to breastfeed nearly exclusively, there are some occasions in life when a bottle can be a lifesaver. 1. We are currently taking tiny baby steps towards removing plastics from our life. Most recently, we are trying to abolish plastic sandwich bags and have switched to plastic storage containers for kids lunches. Maybe just jumping from evil to evil, but we feel good… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
I vote no on the sippy cup front. My two kids never used them. People are always amazed to see my children drinking from a regular cup. The trick is to fill the cup halfway. At home we use antique yard sale metal cups that are quite elegant and stable. “On the road” we use glass juice bottles, refilled warm or cold. Once, I was getting a lot of evil looks when my toddler and I were strolling. I noticed she had an amber glass bottle she was drinking from that looked a LOT like a bottle of beer. Haha… Read more »
Kristy Brady
6 years 2 months ago
1. I’m so glad to have found your blog! I would like to enter the giveaway for the stainless steel container, please. I’ve been avoiding certain types of plastics for a few years now and using glass storage containers and stainless steel water bottles, but reading your blog has really encouraged me to start going further to eliminate our plastic waste. When I go to the grocery store I now notice how many things I buy come in plastic – virtually everything! I’m slowly acquiring glass jars and cotton bags to replace plastic bags and I’m hoping to switch from… Read more »
Anne Tobin
6 years 2 months ago
Long time reader, first time commenter. I have two friends who are expecting this summer, so please enter me in the raffle. I will probably buy two of these if I don’t win, so thanks for highlighting this product! I’m really good at home with plastic containers. I took your advice and use old glass jars for storage. I have also been using the glass jars at the bulk bins (weigh them before filling with product) and that has worked out really well. But work is another story, since we order lunch every day. I would like to bring my… Read more »
Jessica
6 years 2 months ago

I’d be happy to have either, the container for myself or the bottle for a friend who is due soon.

I just read an article about the health costs that would be deferred by more mothers breast feeding. It was an estimate of something pretty significant 90 million is the exact figure that comes to mind.

Jennifer
6 years 2 months ago

I’d like to enter both giveaways. Thank you for your guest post on Kitchen Stewardship. It was timely as I’ve been considering replacing the plastic dishes that our kids use but was not sure how. I appreciate learning about Life Without Plastic and some of the available products. My son rarely gets a bottle but during the times he does, I’d rather him not be exposed to plastic toxins, and for my toddler, I’ve been researching a stainless steel sippy cup b/c he’s not yet ready for a real cup, despite what experts say. :)

Suzy
6 years 2 months ago
1. I’ve coveted stainless steel containers ever since I started reading your blog! Please enter me in that give-a-way. I now have the most awesome, IMHO, screws/nuts/washers/nails/bolts container storage system thanks to my old plastic containers. I can’t even bring myself to store food items in them anymore, and, if I did, my husband would most certainly heat them up in the microwave. I also use them for storing hair accessories, earrings, etc. We now drink our tap water out of a glass pitcher stored in the fridge. Do you know how hard it is to find glass pitchers? I… Read more »
Dana
6 years 2 months ago

I’ve been replacing our plastic encased, preservative filled store bought ingredients with natural, homemade versions ever since I started reading your blog. I am also buying the majority of our groceries from bulk bins and our local farmers markets. I’m even thinking of putting our microwave out in the garage, a mortal sin in my family because my father owns a microwave repair business. ;) Shhh…don’t tell him :D

Kate
6 years 2 months ago
I have KKs (Klean Kanteens) for my family. I like them a lot. My kids drink out of them almost all the time, when they aren’t nursing from me. I don’t worry *too* much about the plastic spout because the water really isn’t in them long. And I don’t put hot or acidic beverages in them. They’re also great to take anywhere, so very handy. We’ve been slowly replacing our plastic food containers with glass and right now, try to only put cooled food in the plastic if we have to use them. We don’t use a microwave at all.… Read more »
Heather
6 years 2 months ago
I would love to be entered in the container drawing, but not the bottle. I have 2 toddlers, but the last time I used a bottle was when my almost-3-year-old was about a month. My 18-month-old has never had one. Here’s something that will make “de-plastic-ing” easier, that is also much healthier: Ditch the microwave. They are worse for you than the plastic is. They are the LEAST nutritious method for cooking food, and there is some research that suggests that the microwaves alter the nutrients in food to make them actually poisonous. Once you have reclaimed the counter space… Read more »
Sarah
6 years 2 months ago

I hate baby bottles. I’ve had to use them upon occasion with my first two, but am refusing to use one with my 3rd. We’ll just go straight to a regular cup (no sippy cups either!- they’re just a glorified bottle).

Sarah
6 years 2 months ago

Wow. I followed the link from Katie’s site. I’m definitely going to be spending some time perusing your blog. I’m just getting started with the change-over. So far I’ve been reusing my glass containers from applesauce, spaghetti sauce, and the like. I am ashamed to say that most of my storage containers are still plastic, and am petrified about what is leaching out into my kids’ foods. I’m definitely going to be switching their stuff out for wood and stainless steel. I’d be interested in the storage containers primarily. :)

michelep
6 years 2 months ago
2. I have no problem with baby bottles. What else would mom’s use for breast pumped milk. But I am not so keen on sippy cups. I have to disagree (sorry Angie) that an in-between step is needed. Less than needed, I think it is a folly. Millenia of children learned to drink without a sippy cup. They only became commonplace VERY recently. So clearly they aren’t needed. But here is why I think they are a folly. First, there are no consequences to the child’s action. In my experience, adults around the child blithely pick up dropped sippy cups… Read more »
Emily
6 years 2 months ago
Hello Beth, Love that stainless bottle – what a good idea because in general bottles tend to hit the floor and glass ones may not be so safe. Even though I nursed, I did have some bottles on hand – daycare, babysitting ect… You know, I actually just ‘skipped’ sippy cups altogether. The girls did fine in the transition from bottles/nursing to cups. I just gave them like a tablespoon of milk at a time in a small cup and you go from mostly spilling to mostly drinking. Also, for some reason all of the baby spoons are coated in… Read more »
Carla
6 years 2 months ago

I would love to win the stainless steel containers, we have some, but could use more, that would be great.

For Niki –
Breastfeeding is nature’s food for babies, great that you plan to breastfeed. Just a note that even when not feedind baby from the breast, pumping is necessary to maintain milk supply and to provide comfort – and best to start pumping after breastfeeding is established at about 6 weeks. La Leche League has been very helpful, here is a link: http://www.llli.org/NB/NBsupplementing.html All the best.

Gretchan J
6 years 2 months ago
1. Since finding out several weeks back that both Ball (and other similar brand) type canning jars contain BPA in their lids, and that SIGG bottles produced prior to 2008 contain plastic liners with BPA, and that most canned foods contain BPA, and those two part checks and credit card receipts: BPA! (I digress), I feel a bit confused and more overwhelmed about my BPA-free options. So much for keeping BPA away from the family, despite all best efforts… Beth, your methods to eliminate all plastics from your daily life are commendable. We certainly fall along a similar spectrum as… Read more »
Niki
6 years 2 months ago
#1 Over the past year I’ve been transitioning plastic out of my kitchen, too. My primary focus has been health issues, so I gave in and bought pyrex containers with plastic lids (figuring that fats would not touch the lids, and they could be removed when microwaving). I purchased a few glass pantry containers, and beyond that I’ve been inspired by you to start using old jars as containers for bulk products. I bought Kleen Kanteen water bottles for my family so we could stop using plastics. Unfortunately, our kitchen still has a long way to go; new glass and… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

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6 years 2 months ago

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6 years 2 months ago

I recently found some small glass storage bowls with lids at Odd Lots. I use them to store cheese instead of zipper bags – which I still have to keep martial harmony :).

I’m entering to win both giveaways. My husband could certainly use the stainless steel container for lunches instead of the plastic one he prefers. I have a nephew still under construction. I don’t want him to start life with much if any plastic.
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Beth
6 years 2 months ago
This is awesome! I’ve never seen a stainless steel bottle before….and would really (REALLY) like to win this for my baby boy. We’ve been slowly converting over to a plastic free life ever since he was born and just found your blog maybe 3 or 4 weeks ago. So inspirational! It’s been difficult at times, but a really wonderful experience. We were big bulk buyers before so that part hasn’t been too bad, it’s mostly the slow replacement of dishes, utensils, cutting boards, packaging, etc that’s been challenging at times. And finding [affording] non-plastic toys for the little one! Also… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
We have been gradually getting rid of the plastics in our house, but since I have two little kids, I have stalled a bit (convenience and cost, etc.). But your website has inspired me to work a bit harder at it. I think the biggest problem we have will be yogurt. We eat a lot of it at our house from the big plastic containers. We have TONS around the house and they have become our go to food storage item. (For example, after our Easter dinner, I have about 5 or 6 in my fridge as I type.) I… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
Thanks for being such an inspiration, Beth! I finally did a huge purge of most of the plastic storage in my kitchen. I use mason jars for storing pretty much everything, but I still could use some stainless steel and/or glass containers for some things. The plastic that I do still have, I try to use carefully and sparingly – not for heating, etc. I decided that the kitchen is the most important place for me to make these kinds of changes, so I’m focusing on that area most at our house. I also replaced all the plastic in my… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
I completely loved sippy cups and bottles when I was little, and probably used them far longer than I should have (I do remember using them, after all). I have a coworker who drinks hot coffee out of an old Mt Dew bottle and I literally get the willies every time I see him do it. He’s a chemical engineer, too, so you’d think he’d know better. Since I switched to mason jars and ceramic mugs only, I can’t stand drinking from plastic, even straws taste funny now. BUT DON”T DRINK OJ FROM STAINLESS STEEL CONTAINERS. Well, I’m sure you… Read more »
Emily
6 years 2 months ago

I am entering both giveaways!
1. The area I find most difficult to eliminate plastic is for kids toys. There are lots of great alternatives, but I can’t help but have some nostalgia for certain plastic ones.
2. I don’t think baby items are ‘necessary,’ but I do think it nice to have the option occasionally.
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Thanks for the great giveaways!

AlwaysLearning
6 years 2 months ago

I LOVE your blog; it is truly inspiring! My question is how do you store milk? I buy organic, raw milk direct from the farm, but it comes in the typical 1 gallon plastic milk jug. I continue to advocate moving to glass, but the farm isn’t able to make this move quite yet. Please offer your expertise in this area.

Mandy
6 years 2 months ago
I just found this blog through Kelly the Kitchen Kop and it’s fabulous! I have finally (after 5+ years of slowly paring things down) become mostly plastic free, and it feels great. It started with the water bottles (stainless steel and glass now), then bringing my own bags to the store, then, like you, I started saving jars for storage. I have cloth bulk bags but need more – I use them so much. I would love to be entered into both giveaways. I am also a Facebook fan now and have left a comment on Katie’s blog as well.… Read more »
kanmuri
6 years 2 months ago

I’m a follower of your blog through google reader. I would be really interested in the stainless steel containers.
I started getting rid of plastic recently. My husband thinks I’m weird but since I’m the one in control of the kitchen, I still get my way. Since I just moved back to Canada and have to buy practically everything this is the best opportunity for me to start anew.
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6 years 2 months ago
I have no need for the baby bottle, but I did want to comment on this post. I have made it a goal of this month’s spring cleaning to clear out the kitchen plastic, thanks in part to your blog. I have enough glass containers for left-overs, but need to find a solution to the plastic we would put our sandwiches in for lunches at work. Also, in the summer I have a garden and the produce I don’t can I put in the freezer for winter. This year I need to find a better solution to the plastic freezer… Read more »
shona~LALA dex press
6 years 2 months ago
The day I discovered that Pxrex glass containers were fairly inexpensive at TJ Maxx was a big day in my kitchen…all the old Tupperware was put in a bag for The Goodwiil. The tops of these containers are plastic, but I’m not going to freak over it. In addition I had to re-stock some bulk items (stored in French lidded jars acquired over the years from thrift stores) + I got $1.00 knocked off my Whole Foods total…that’s 10 bags used, 2 market + 8 bulk. Yes, the plastic is slowly going away. Please do not put me in for… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago
Hi Beth, Just reiterating what I think I’ve already said…this blog and you are awesome. Since reading it, I’m continuing efforts to reduce my plastic consumption and I think it’s working! Since moving into an off-campus apartment (I’m currently a senior at a state university), I’ve started to get creative when it comes to food storage. My roommate and I bought a few plastic containers last summer, but now we have 4 people living in the apartment. So we’ve started saving (as you mention) our glass spaghetti jars and any other glass jars we can find. It’s turned out well!… Read more »
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6 years 2 months ago

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6 years 2 months ago

I tried to subscribe to email updates, but the image would never load for me to verify. booh. I’ll just have to subscribe via google reader and keep up that way. Thanks for the challenge and the baby steps :)
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6 years 2 months ago
Though I have no kids of my own yet, so these opinions may change, I think bottles and sippy cups are necessary. For one, bottles allow the father to help with feeding times. My good friend had to work after her first baby. She would pump at work and bottles allowed her son to still get many of the benefits of breast milk. And sippy cups allows some independence, without all of the mess. It is important to teach children to use adult things, I agree, but there needs to be an in-between step in my opinion. .-= Angie´s last… Read more »
6 years 2 months ago

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6 years 2 months ago

I still have some plastic storage containers I got as a wedding gift that I use, but will be replacing with glass when they wear out. I have tried to replace as much as I can with glass. We have a couple stainless steel things, water bottles, my favorite mug and a couple food jars. The cost has been a little prohibitive so far. I would love to win one!

Nelle
6 years 2 months ago

Beth, I am entering the giveaway for the container. I love your ideas. I wondered if you have any good ideas for freezing? I freeze a lot of concord grapes, blueberries, and raspberries over the winter but have always used plastic freezer bags. I have a small freezer attached to the fridge, so space saving is a must. Thanks.

Sarah
6 years 2 months ago
Hi Beth, I’ve been inspired by your blog in so many ways. I made my own composter out of an old Rubbermaid trunk to cut down on food trash so I can eventually stop using plastic garbage bags in the kitchen trash. I have stopped buying food packaged in plastic, using all of your hints above – it was not a hard transition overall, because I already shopped mainly from the produce and bulk sections. The most difficult part has been finding gluten-free pasta and snacks not in plastic. The bulk bins at my store have lots of snack-type things… Read more »
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