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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.


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.

96 Responses to “No More Plastic Food Containers, Please!”

  1. Mark Grogan says:

    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!

  2. sesen says:

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

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  4. HannaMae says:

    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=’’ ></a&gt;

  5. Elizabeth Newell says:

    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 sipping.

  6. carlosthompson73 says:

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

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  8. Shannon says:

    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. :(

  9. Bart says:

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

  10. HD Marsh says:

    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 =-.

  11. Keri says:

    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.

  12. Jenessa says:

    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 enter the giveaway and am interested in the bottle. Thanks!

  13. 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 YOU. You continue to inspire me every day – just last night at my son’s school event I was thinking of you. (Hope to get a post up on that).

    So yes, I’ll enter the giveaway fro one of the stainless reusable containers (and if I win, I hope my kids don’t lose the top!)


  14. Kory says:

    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!!

  15. Frances says:

    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 to being available to their nurslings – a sacrifice, I know, but it’s not forever!

    3) I left a comment on your guest post at KS.

    4) You better believe I left as many comments on Katie’s ss container giveaway review post as I could!

    8) I became a follower on Twitter. :)

  16. Billie says:

    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 prevent plastic from coming into my kitchen via grocery shopping. This has been pretty successful as a matter of fact. I am bringing in about 3 to 4 oz a month these days.
    .-= Billie´s last blog ..Enough is enough =-.

  17. Amy says:

    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 hardest for me, since I freeze a lot of meals ahead of time. I’m also not willing to toss my containers if they’re still good, and if plastic is bad for our bodies, why would I donate it to someone else? My plan is to slowly phase them
    out, replacing them with non-plastic alternatives, and using them for other storage purposes around my home instead. You and Katie gave some great references on great alternatives and I plan on adding them to my wish list.

    (2) As an undergraduate chemistry student, part of my research was going to be on BPA leaching from plastic baby bottles. This before the issue became publicly recognized. Althought I wasn’t able to actually perform my experiments because some instruments I needed broke, I decided at that time that if I ever had kids, I wouldn’t use plastic baby bottles. However, as I’ve gotten closer and closer to the possibility of actually having children, I’ve realized that non-plastic alternatives aren’t readily available, so I’m glad to learn of sources for these alternatives.

    (3) I left a comment on your guest post at Kitchen Stewardship.

    (4) I left a comment on Katie’s review of Life Without Plastic containers.

    (5) I posted a link to my blog post entitled “…”

    (6) I already subscribe to Fake Plastic Fish through my Google Reader.

    (7) I became a fan of Fake Plastic Fish on Facebook.

  18. Eliza says:

    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 our plastic sippy cups and replaced them with stainless water bottles. When the baby gets big enough for them, we’ll go from there.

    I’d love ideas on repurposing the plastic sippy cups. They aren’t great for storage because they don’t stack well and are opaque.

    I’m interested in the giveaway, but we only need a baby bottle for another few months. So, I’ll pass on that.
    Just found the blog today! Love it! Thanks!

  19. Sudha says:

    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 =-.

  20. Deirdre Hopkins says:

    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.

  21. Sharonus says:

    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 a replacement lid. They’ll very likely ask you for your address and offer to send you one for free.

  22. Virginia says:

    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.

  23. Sharonus says:

    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 juice, but I did want them to have water available so they could drink when they needed it.

    One thing I do, is try to minimize the number of sippy type cups we have. That’s really a result of living in a small space, trying to minimize the plastic I do choose to use (like for the sippy lids), and the high cost of non-plastic alternatives. Sure, it’s a pain to have to wash a cup more often, but do you really need a whole drawer full of sippy cups like my (other) sister-in-law had!? :)

    For the parents that are moving to glass, I’d be pretty particular about what you use. We bought a nesting glass bowl set from Costco (with plastic lids) and if they’re dropped, it’s almost like the bowl explodes. We’ve had this happen a few times and it’s so worrisome, I’m planning on giving away that bowl set (to a young child free family!) and purchasing Pyrex. (When I can find a good variety at a decent price. :))

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway for the stainless container!

    – I am subscribed to your RSS feed for FPF
    – I am a fan of the Fake Plastic Fish Facebook page.
    – I follow @FakePlasticFish on Twitter!

    Thanks Beth!


  24. Kelly G. says:

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

  25. Kelly G. says:

    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. 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. It’s really hard to be frugal and try to avoid plastic. I can buy a plastic sippy cup for $1 and it seems to last years…I WANT to change over but am trying to find a balance between safety and price. I know ultimately safety is more important, but like I said, the stainless steel one broke right away! This baby bottle you are providing looks like it’s got all the right features. It would be nice to have for our next child that is on the way. I’d like to investigate other options for my kids.

  26. Tressa says:

    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 on canning from our garden this year. Love the stainless steel baby bottle. I think it is a better option than glass. I plan on breastfeeding when we have kids, but will want some bottles around for hubby to use. I dont like the idea of sippy cups though. I think we will use a mostly empty small cup. I know my brother’s kids liked drinking from straws a lot. Maybe a straw in a stainless bottle would work.

  27. Angie says:

    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.

  28. 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
    .-= rachsbabycakes´s last blog ..Giant Cupcake "Happy Second Birthday!" =-.

  29. nicole says:

    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 glass jars to store things in. Good Idea! and I don’t have to spend money on new storage containers! :) I’m excited about this new start.

    1. I am following you on Twitter!

    2. I’m also a fan on facebook!

    3. I subscribed!

  30. Gabrielle says:

    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

  31. Laura says:

    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.

  32. Lisa says:

    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.

  33. Martha Radatz says:

    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 a bit confused about what I was supposed to do with all the numbers you listed, but cannot do #7 as I don’t do Facebook or Twitter—trying to cut back on time sucking quicksand, i.e. the computer.

  34. 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 empty. Maybe there’s something like that near you?
    .-= chickadeescout´s last blog with fonts =-.

  35. Kelly says:

    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!

  36. 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.

  37. Heather says:

    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 processed items at all I’ve lost my source for other sized jars! We do have a few plastic baby spoons and such, but I’m not sure I want to use our metal ones when the baby is tiny and doesn’t have teeth to protect their gums. I find myself more and more amazed at all the plastic in our lives and we are doing our best to limit ours.

    I’m very interested in both the baby bottle and the stainless steel container!

    2. I find bottles to be a necessary evil for when I work. I pump and freeze and daddy is able to feed the little one while I am gone. We actually had a hard time getting Little Guy to take a bottle as I headed back at 12 weeks…babies prefer mommy! We don’t use the traditional sippy cups, we have some old tupperwear no valve kind that he likes. I’m sure it would be better to get away from them totally, but I’m not yet ready for the constant mess/breakage that would occur with glass cups. He is practicing and we will get there. I’ve not bought a stainless steel one since the top is still plastic…doesn’t make sense. The cup that Katie pictured (all stainless) is one that interests me now!

    3 and 4 will be left shortly!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. amanda k. says:

    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 to be willing to feed it the healthiest food available. (that said, I’m not a mommy and I imagine my views will change when I start popping out the little ones). About sippy cups, however… I work in a nursery and I don’t know where we’d be without sippy cups! Many of the kids do use stainless steel cups, though. It’s great to see all the little eco-concious toddlers!
    3) I already subscribe. Hurrah!
    4) Already a fan on facebook. Hurrah again!
    5) Following on twitter, too. Yay for social media!

  39. Braedy's World says:

    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 time and time again at the store. It’s an all-natural hemp blend, great stuff!! I also started using soap nuts after reading your post and I love them!! I purchased To-Go Ware utensils and care them around with me to cut out plastic cutlery as well. After seeing your post on PlanetBox lunch kits, I bought one each for my two oldest nephews in school to use rather than disposable bags or plastic lunch kits. I’m all free of plastic bags and use my own cloth bags, as well as cloth bags for veggies/bulk bin items.

    I’m interested in the bottle for my brand new nephew born on Mar 25th!!

    You’ve been a HUGE inspiration for me and helped me cut out plastics in so many aspects of my life for well over a year now. I’m making steady progress, and one day I hope to be plastic free. Thanks!!
    .-= Braedy’s World´s last blog ..Sad days… =-.

  40. Amanda W says:

    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. I would rather have him drinking water and having it available to either no water or the sodas and juices that are lots of moms portable drinks. So, the conflict continues …

  41. Amanda W says:

    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.

  42. 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? =-.

  43. Andrea says:

    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:

    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 death! I went back to work after a year both times, and pumped milk. For the younger two I bought glass bottles for milk storage and they drank it from a cup; with the oldest I stored the milk in polycarbonate (yeah the bad stuff) bottles, but he refused to drink milk from anywhere but the source, so I think he’s probably OK. Once a glass bottle did break in the cooler at daycare (but it was well contained and did not splinter, like some types of glass do). I would probably try out the stainless steel one if I had babies now. Sippy cups are handy if you don’t want to clean up spilled milk 85 times a day. I preferred the ones that had a cap with an opening (yeah they were plastic) to the kind that require sucking, because that valve always gets moldy and nasty. The best cups, though, once they don’t throw their tableware off the high chair, are Fiesta Ware tumblers–nice heavy bottoms so they’re much harder to accidentally knock over than flimsy plastic.

  44. Rob says:

    “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! =-.

  45. Delilah says:

    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).

  46. Jana @ The Summer House says:

    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 @ The Summer House´s last blog ..Disneyland Lion King Parade =-.

  47. 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 him to be able to feed them pumped breastmilk as well. I didn’t actually know there were stainless steel bottles, so I’d be curious to try it out. I’ve also registered for some wooden items on my baby shower registry (like teethers, rattles, and spoons), and I have nothing plastic on there, although I’ve received some plastic hand-me-downs, like a baby tub, that I will use briefly (or not use) and then pass on because I don’t know of non-plastic options.

    As far as reducing plastic, we do a lot! I bring my own containers for a ton of stuff I can get in the bulk aisle at the Davis Food Co-op: bread flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, various kinds of rice, beans, lentils, split peas, dry milk, baking powder, baking soda, herbs and spices, freshly ground almond butter, polenta, oat bran, wheat bran, ground mustard, and probably more that I can’t think of (bulk eggs! I reuse my egg containers, although they’re paper, not plastic). I try to remember to bring my reusable plastic containers for things like the olive bar, although I don’t always remember. I store some foods in plastic, usually things that I don’t plan to reheat in the plastic later, and I use my plastic containers for freezing foods. We use glass for our everyday leftovers that we microwave at work, or we transfer to ceramic bowls. I tried to use bar shampoo, but my husband didn’t like it, nor did he like the refillable natural shampoo at the co-op, so I’m stuck with the usual giant corporate brands. I carry my own bamboo utensils, and a glass straw (although I almost never use a straw, so it just doesn’t get much use). I shop almost exlusively at the co-op and the farmer’s market, and almost never take plastic bags for produce unless I really need it (this confuses vendors at the farmer’s market, even though it seems like it should be common where I live).

    Some things I haven’t found a great solution for, like contact solution (no pun intended). I just can’t switch permanently to glasses. I do a lot of sports, including swimming, and I hate wearing glasses for them, not to mention I can never seem to get glasses that have quite a strong enough prescription for me (and I am blind without lenses of some sort). Also, I haven’t managed to wean myself off of toxic cleaning products in plastic bottles, although I am slowly improving. Laundry and dish soap, too, continue to be problems for me – I would like to get in the habit of making my own.

    Still – I’m trying!

  48. crystal says:

    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

  49. Kate F. says:

    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.

  50. Pure Mothers says:

    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 the stainless steel baby bottle. What a great idea. I only hope it isn’t so cool that mom’s will be swayed to bottle feed over nursing. ;-)
    .-= Pure Mothers´s last blog ..Gardening in Great Britain =-.

  51. monkeyjen says:

    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 :-)

  52. Amy says:

    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 that at the very least, we’re cutting down on waste. Next stop – getting rid of the plastic kids cups and moving them to glass.
    2. I’d never thought too much about sippy cups until your post — I don’t think they were around when I was a child, either – I guess my parents just trained me straight onto a regular (albeit small version) cup! What a crazy thought. Now that baby #4 is on her way, I need to give this some further thought.

    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway and thanks for the inspiring and thought-provoking post.

  53. Tracey says:

    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 *cringe* *hide*.

    I’ve never had a glass bottle broken by my two rambunctious children. Okay, once, my grade two child flung her entire bag with lunch at another child, and the bottle broke when it hit the concrete. But use as a weapon aside, NEVER has a glass bottle broken on us. We still have a 4 ounce glass nurser bottle from the 60s here.

    Nothing makes me itch to intervene more than seeing little ones sucking on plastic, except maybe little ones sucking on Coke.

    PS I DON’T need a baby bottle – I’m done!
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..Green Living Show FREE! =-.

  54. Kristy Brady says:

    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 glass containers with polypropylene lids to stainless steel, but the expense will make the transition slow. My biggest recent achievement was the purchase of 4 ReUsies – reusable cotton snack bags to replace ziplocs. I love them! Thanks for all your advice!
    7. I’ve been a fan on facebook for about a month now.

  55. Anne Tobin says:

    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 lunch to avoid this, but I haven’t gotten my act together.

    Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  56. Jessica says:

    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.

  57. Jennifer says:

    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. :)

  58. Suzy says:

    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 haven’t bought glass straws yet (they also are on my wish list), but I have been refusing straws when we are at restaurants.
    6. Already subscribe to email updates.
    7. Already a fan on facebook.

  59. Dana says:

    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

  60. Kate says:

    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. We tend to just put our glass in the oven if we need to heat something. It works fine, you just have to think about it a few extra minutes in advance. But seriously? Re-heating home-cooked food in glass containers in the oven doesn’t take any longer than cooking frozen dinners in the microwave.
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Baby Steps in Personal Care, part 3 =-.

  61. Heather says:

    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 your microwave was taking up (or turned it into storage, if a built-in), replace it with a toaster oven to heat up food when you need to. You can’t heat plastics on the stove or in ovens, which makes them less convenient to use for storage, especially when the alternatives are oven-safe.

  62. Sarah says:

    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).

  63. Sarah says:

    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. :)

  64. MicheleP says:

    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 – and even thrown sippy cups. One child in my life thinks it great sport to throw her sippy cup on the floor and she is simply handed it back. Admittedly there is a bit of lax parenting going on, but it’s the sipply cup that allows it. Second, recent studies have shown that the current generation of children snack more often than any generation before. A trend to more snacking started several decades ago but it is getting worse. Sippy cups get the habit of eating at will started early. Instead of finishing a drink at a table, children seem to have a sippy cup with or near them all day (often with caloric beverages). I am delighted to hear there are anti-sippy cup articles out there. I will go seek them out.

    6. I have been a subscriber for a while now. You are my favorite blogger and a role model.

    I would be interested in either of the giveaway items. I don’t have baby, but I know someone who does. It would be a great gift.

  65. Emily says:

    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 a soft plastic or are plastic. I just used a very small metal spoon with the girls. I mean, I don’t plan on shoving the spoon in through a not open mouth so why ‘pillow’ it with plastic. The soft, colorful plastic certainly looks useful but is totally unneccesary.
    Great find though on the bottles… I have a lot of baby gifts to buy this year.

  66. Carla says:

    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: All the best.

  67. Gretchan J says:


    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 your efforts, but despite this we continue to find plastics invading our lives.

    Just last week, on thought occurred to me in that we shop in bulk at the co-op, and purchase in bulk via neighborhood group buying clubs. What I’m realizing is that most all of those products are shipped in plastics as well. What’s a girl to do? How can we truly be rid of plastics in our lives?

    My most recent conclusion is that by sourcing direct, either thru farmer’s markets, via local producers at their production sites, and growing and creating your own foods can you begin to become plastics free. Also plan on doing without products that choose to continue to market in plastics. While it might sound at first like a meager life, consider its profound effect on your health and the consumer overload of choices now available to all of us. Couldn’t we all relish a break from choice sometimes?

    That’s all I have for now. Keep up the good work everyone.

    Beth, I would love to enter for the stainless container. We’ve been carting all of our glass containers to the take-out carts for splurge lunches and I’d like a better way to enjoy my to-go.

  68. Niki says:

    #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 stainless steel containers are expensive, we don’t eat that many jarred items, and many of the jars we do use are too small to contain leftovers etc.. And now, I have a baby on the way. I absolutely need glass and/or stainless steel bottles. Therefore, I am entering the contest for both items.

    #2 I plan to breastfeed, but I am strongly in favor of bottles. First of all, I’m in favor of them for whoever wants to use ’em. I’m not a huge fan of tying women to hearth and home. Secondly, I want others to be able to feed my baby. Partly this is for me (an occasional full night’s sleep; an overnight research trip; sanity break) and partly this is for the baby (I’m very intrigued by the hypothesis that it is in our nature to raise and be raised by multiple “allomothers” — see Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy). I expect to be the primary feeder for the first few months, and I plan to use pumped milk in the bottles, but I also recognize that it may become necessary to supplement with formula. In any event, we will need some bottles around here.

    #6 I already subscribe via RSS feed.

    Thanks for this post.

  69. Condo Blues says:

    I’m a fan of your facebook page.
    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..Plastic Free Renaissance Style Lunch Ware =-.

  70. Condo Blues says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.
    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..Plastic Free Renaissance Style Lunch Ware =-.

  71. Condo Blues says:

    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.
    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..Plastic Free Renaissance Style Lunch Ware =-.

  72. Beth says:

    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 a challenge at times. But, all in all, we feel so much better about how we’re living and the environment we’re providing for our son. Thank you for all the inspiration!

  73. Chrissy says:

    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 need to read more of your site, but I am having a problem figuring out what to do with them if we don’t use them for food. (Or if we do, we really get inundated! About one a week or two!) What do you feel about recycling?

    Oh, and I’d love to win the stainless container! :)

  74. Jacquelyn says:

    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 pantry with reused glass jars, mason jars, and those wonderful gallon-size glass storage jars.
    It’s a long, involved process extricating plastic from our lives, and it will never really be complete until we can affect change from the top down, and take plastics out of one-time- and every-day- use production on the commercial scale.
    .-= Jacquelyn´s last blog ..Rainy Farmer’s Market =-.

  75. Eleanor says:

    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 _could_, but it tastes horrid. Any acidic drink will taste nasty and metallic.

    The hitch I encounter with the bulk bins (which I am obsessed with, thank you East End Food Coop! Best Bulk Bins in Pittsburgh!!) is remembering to clean and bring with me all the containers I need – and my fiance needs (he’s the worst at planning and list making, he just doesn’t do it at all). so we end up with even more containers. I wish they weren’t even an option, not for any money. I realize that would turn off a lot of customers, but it would motivate me. I guess I need to enforce personal rules a little better!

  76. Emily says:

    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.
    3. I left a comment
    4. and I left a comment
    Thanks for the great giveaways!

  77. AlwaysLearning says:

    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.

  78. Mandy says:

    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. Thanks for doing this giveaway and more importantly, this blog! Just yesterday I went to the store and forgot my reusable bag, and the cashier asked me 3 times (!) if I was SURE that I didn’t want a bag for my 2 items. There is a world out there that needs to change their prospective (and it wasn’t long ago I was a part of that world) – thanks for being a part of the change!

  79. kanmuri says:

    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.
    .-= kanmuri´s last blog ..The Big Move =-.

  80. 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 storage.

    I also appreciate the non-food use suggestions as I was feeling bad about wasting so many plastic containers.
    .-= Sense of Home´s last blog ..Preserved Lemons =-.

  81. shona~LALA dex press says:

    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 the contest, I wouldn’t know what to do with the bottle + others would get great use from it.
    .-= shona~LALA dex press´s last blog ..REMAINS OF THE EVENING =-.

  82. Ryan says:

    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! The next step for me I think will be to invest in some cloth bulk bags.

    Thanks for all that you do! Keep up the inspiration :D
    .-= Ryan´s last blog ..Plastic Beach =-.

  83. Angie says:

    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 :)
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Menu Monday (on Tuesday) =-.

  84. Angie says:

    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 blog ..Menu Monday (on Tuesday) =-.

  85. Angie says:

    facebook fan
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Menu Monday (on Tuesday) =-.

  86. Angie says:

    retweeted and followed
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Menu Monday (on Tuesday) =-.

  87. Angie says:

    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!

  88. Nelle says:

    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.

  89. Sarah says:

    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 for people able to eat gluten, but not a lot (okay, nothing!) for those of us who can’t. So, I started experimenting with making my own crackers and granola. So far so good… :o)

    I’m definitely interested in the stainless steel container, but don’t have a baby for the bottle. :o)



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