The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
June 10, 2011

Airtight Glass Food Storage Containers from Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic sent me a few of their new airtight glass containers with stainless lids to review a few months ago, and the containers have been sitting in the pile beside my desk along with other cool plastic-free products that companies have sent me to test. So today, I finally unpacked them from their plastic-free mailing box (Jay doesn’t use plastic packaging materials or plastic tape) and gave them a try. My verdict: they are very, very cool.

(Coincidentally, they are 10% off through the end of the month. I guess I have good timing.)

airtight glass food storage container

Now, before I get into my review, I have to say that you don’t have to buy new glass containers to store food without plastic. Repurposed jars from foods like spaghetti sauce or pickles or peanut butter work well. And you can sometimes find secondhand glass containers at thrift stores, yard sales, etc. We do all of that. Our refrigerator is glass jar heaven. But glass jars are not always the right size; they waste refrigerator space since they are not stackable; and sometimes, as much as we try to reduce our impact by buying less new stuff, it’s just nice to spring for well-made, durable, useful, and frankly beautiful things.

Here’s what I love…

The lids. Unlike other glass containers with plastic lids that inevitably crack over time…

cracked plastic container lid

these containers have unbreakable stainless steel lids. Inside the stainless steel is a ring of silicone, which creates the airtight seal, and a silicone button in the middle which adjusts the pressure, allowing the lid to seal and unseal easily. Silicone, while still a polymer, is more resilient than plastic.

airtight glass food storage container

airtight glass food storage container

I love that the container fits well in my freezer. As you may recall, we use Anchor glass refrigerator containers for our homemade cat food because they are the right size, stack well, and both container and lid are made from only glass with no other materials. But those containers are not airtight and not appropriate for storing foods long-term.

I also use Life Without Plastic’s airtight stainless steel containers in the freezer, but it will be nice to be able to identify the contents through the glass. I’m thinking they will work well for storing my garden veggies if and when that time comes.

Note about freezing: Yes, you can freeze glass containers.  BUT allow the contents to thaw gently.  I wouldn’t put them directly from the freezer into the microwave.  And leave some room at the top for expansion.

airtight glass food storage container

Airtight glass containers are also useful for transporting lunch to work since the container can go directly in the microwave, sans metal lid, of course. And oh! Ice cream! I’m going to take one of these with me the next time I pick up ice cream at Tara’s!

The Giveaway

Jay has offered to give away one large square glass container to a My Plastic-free Life reader. But I’m having a failure of creativity right now and can’t think of what I would like to ask you to do to enter the drawing. So how about this? Leave me a comment with an interesting fact you think most people might not know. It doesn’t have to be about plastic. Anything in the world. Seriously. Anything. I’ll choose the winner… oh, you know, when I get around to it.

By the way, Life Without Plastic is a Canadian company, so all you Canadians — please go ahead and enter!

07/07/2011 Update:  The contest is over.  The random winner of the glass container is Green Girl in Wisconsin.  Congratulations!

Happy Weekend!

Disclosure: Life Without Plastic is an advertiser on this site and provided me with containers to review and another container to give away. However, they have not compensated me for doing this review, and my opinions here are my own.

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200 Comments on "Airtight Glass Food Storage Containers from Life Without Plastic"


Guest
2 months 8 days ago

Silicon and glassware is really the best combination for keeping things. No weird residue on your containers and so easy to wash and store!

Guest
5 months 21 days ago

I personally prefer glass jars and containers to plastic simply because they
are more durable and are microwavable. Hence, you do not need to transfer
your food items into a separate plate or box before heating them up. However,
the one factor that I dislike about glass containers is the fact that they
are fragile. Thus, when you are moving out to a new place or to your new
office, you need to be extra careful to prevent any unwanted breaking of your
glass products. Other than that, I think they are perfect to store anything
and everything.

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Mike Landini
10 months 17 days ago

Over time, the silicone seal will give out. I give it a year or two.

Guest
1 year 2 months ago

Do you know of any plastic-free (maybe amber glass?) travel containers (under 100ml) for shampoos, etc.?

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Girlunderthesea
1 year 6 months ago

@Sarah sunshine.  Leave it in the sun for day.

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Jerryji
2 years 10 months ago

l was more concerned about the extended freezer life. I think you can get a year out of almost anything, and what does freezer burn look like?
Thanks

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Ms. Adventuress
3 years 11 months ago

Mason jars (Ball/Kerr) now sell many of their jars as “freezer safe” in grocery stores. Very affordable. I love the 16oz wide-mouthed size for just about everything (drinking glass, refrigerator storage, etc.) I’ve not done my research on the lid seal, which I’m sure contains something I’d not be happy about…but I wonder if it’s so minimal that it’s still better than others?

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Karen Hebl
4 years 22 days ago

Good covers for use in the microwave are unbleached round basket type coffee filters. They allow steam to escape but keep food from spattering (too much, sometimes food still spatters but is usually kept to the glass plate of the microwave).

If you save your black, green or white tea bags to use when you plant plants (under the plant, near the roots) you will not have to water as often. Also if your plants are acid loving then the tea bags help to lower the pH, great for those people who live with alkaline or hard water.

Put a drop of food coloring into your rain guage to make it easier to read.

I could just go on forever. This is so much fun. Thanks for the blogs and chance to win such a great prize. I have been saving glass containers (I don’t buy many cans anymore, alas except coca cola which I am quitting due to many cavaties) to use in storing food stuffs for quite some time. Gee, I am 61 and have never had so many cavaties just from coca cola. Go figure.

Guest
4 years 23 days ago

Not sure if the contest is over but here goes: did you know the length ratio of your ring & index fingers show how much testosterone you were exposed to as a fetus? I won’t get into the details here, but a BBC series I saw on the subject was quite interesting.

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Cindel :*)
4 years 29 days ago

It is possible to grow kidney and lima beans in the garden, but dangerous to eat them freshly picked from the plant.
Kidney beans contain a poison called lectin. Fully cooking kidney beans is what destroys the poison. However, undercooking the kidney beans actually doubles the amount of lectin poison (pre-cook before adding to crockpot).
Lima beans contain cyanide and it is important to boil them first while venting off the steam (otherwise the cyanide gas is left to roam your home).
These beans already found in cans at the store have already dealt with these issues :*)

I know this (after the fact) by learning the hard way: I unknowingly poisoned myself one summer. There was no waning on the back of the seed packets to not eat these fresh. The good news is that once I stopped eating the fresh beans I recovered fully.

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Keri
4 years 1 month ago

I could use another glass storage container…especially one that seals! Anyway, a tidbit of information that most people may not know:

Deaf people do NOT consider themselves disabled. We consider ourselves a linguistic minority (in the case of the U.S., American Sign Language is our language). =D

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Martha
4 years 1 month ago

OK, I just returned from Alaska, where I did not find any plastic on the beaches —even though I expected rubber duckies after reading the book Moby Duck about the container of plastic bath toys from China that spilled into the Bering Sea en route to the states. My little-known-fact is that “Moose Chew” is the name for stripped areas of bark on trees, showing where moose have dined during the winter months.

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RC
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that most people open bananas incorrectly? Don’t pull from the stem; squeeze the peel at the other end, and voila! A very easily opened banana. :)

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Amanda R.
4 years 1 month ago

Walmart vision centers will refill eyeglass cleaning solution bottles for free.

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Val
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know snakes have two penises? No, I don’t know why! But I want to have a chance at getting the container.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

I remember using plastic containers whenever I ate lunch at school before. But I only use the containers now because it is more convenient. The glass container is nice because the lid could not easily crack. But I am not comfortable with glass containers because I was thinking I am more prone of breaking it. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Sarah
4 years 1 month ago

To add to that, Maddie- most fruits and vegetables are, botanically speaking, the fruits of the plants. Anything with seeds is a fruit. Basically our produce falls into four categories: fruits (cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, apples, mangoes, berries, corn, etc.-again with the seeds), leaves (lettuces, herbs), flowers (cauliflower and broccoli), and roots (sweet and regular potatoes, carrots, ginger, etc.).

I love this random-knowledge fest!

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maddie
4 years 1 month ago

A lot of people may already know this… tomatoes are fruit not vegetables.

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TraciFree
4 years 1 month ago

Random Fact: The name for Oz was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

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Heidi Molnick
4 years 1 month ago

Hi, on a new path to glass free as well! People may not know I shaved my head when I was 22. :)
Thanks for the give away!
~h

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Lydia
4 years 1 month ago

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was originally entitled Headcheese, but was changed at the last minute.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

The average cocoon contains about 300-400 metres of silk.

Doesn’t that sound delightful?

Um…these containers look AMAZING. AMAZING!

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Alyssa Lee
4 years 1 month ago

Last summer I freecycled a good bit of the family’s tupperware away and am now ready to take the next step to invest in some high quality, non-toxic reusables! One of my favorite random facts that might actually be more well-known than I think it is (but I didn’t know it before so that’s all that matters) is what actually causes the headache of a hangover (not that I’ve ever experienced it!).

Alcohol causes the hormone vasopressin to be inhibited so water isn’t absorbed by the body and is instead excreted quite readily, which is why people often find themselves urinating quite a bit after a night of drinking. The body’s muscles needs this water and so they take the water from the brain, resulting in a tightening of the membranes and an unfortunate painful feeling. So remember, keep hydrated! :D

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Sarah
4 years 1 month ago

I’m sorry to say, Tami, that that’s not entirely true. I lived in Indiana for the past year and we certainly used daylight savings time.
Indiana is funny about time, though. There are only two parts of the state on that use central time (one near Chicago, IL and one in the Southwestern corner of the state). Everyone else is on eastern time.

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Tami Lewis
4 years 1 month ago

indiana doesn’t use daylight savings time.

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Natalie
4 years 1 month ago

“Natalie, what about green or brown wine bottle glass? Or the blue or amber glass that essential oils come in?”

I don’t know. It is mostly plates, glasses, jars, oven dishes, the brown and green kind, which are not sold anymore, at least here is California, without a legal warning sign about lead.
Yikes! I hope it is not also in the wine bottles and oil and supplements/vitamins bottles. Although I have seen a warning sign at a grocery store recently that there was lead in their imported balsamic vinegar bottles.

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Sharonus
4 years 1 month ago

I don’t know if most people won’t know this, but it’s an interesting fact shared by my DS (6). “Did you know that Greenland is covered with ice and Iceland is very green?” :)

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TrishB
4 years 1 month ago

Cochineal is also used to color Snapple and other beverages.

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rita
4 years 1 month ago

fun fact: elephant poop is apparently chock full of nutritious things (due to the fact that they eat varied plant life and only process a small portion of it), so a remedy for a cold is to make a tea out of the ele poop!

Guest

I love random facts!
here are two of my favorites:

Its actually a myth that Van Gough cut off his ear because he was crazy/ had been rejected by a lover or whatever. He had cauliflower ear and couldn’t afford to go to the barber to have it drained, (brutal times those post impressionists lived in) and got desperate and tried to drain it himself. When he couldn’t stop the bleeding, he like anyone who’s done something dumb like this, freaked out and ran into the street for help where there happened to be a prostitute who helped him. So there’s this big fat myth surrounding something that isn’t any more crazy than anything I’ve done to an ingrown toe nail.

Also. Pugs are the oldest known breed of dog.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Interesting fact? Hmmmm I once played the Mayor of Mars in my 5th grade school play. I look good in green! If I win please send with brownies in it. We could do it like an experiment- checking out to see how they travel in nice glass containers!

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Rebecca,
You had me seriously thinking about the pomegranate comment…I even thought about it in the grocery store as I passed the pmegranates!! I wonder if perhaps there are or were smaller varieties of this fruit that would be better suited for this type of use…

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Rebecca
4 years 1 month ago

More random condom history: halved lemons and limes have been used in the middle ages in the east like the above mentioned pomegranate. The acid kills sperm. And sea sponges have long been used as a form of birth control by soaking them in vinegar or strong alcohol like brandy and inserting them. they can also be used like tampons, but are reusable.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Burlap is awesome!
It’s
renewable
mold and mildew inhibiting
inexpensive
long lasting
strong and light
reusable A LOT
and comes in all sizes!

I used it instead of garbage bags for moving.
After 4 months of storage in a leaking basement, I’ve found nothing moldy or even musty smelling that was bagged in burlap! Meanwhile, a wicker basket full of my kid’s school projects and a forlorn baby moccasin had mold so bad everything crumbled!

AWESOME!

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Kacie
4 years 1 month ago

Washington DC resident don’t have voting rights – in elections or congress – yet they’re taxed. Residents want statehood so they have representation but have been denied.

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Tracy
4 years 1 month ago

Dodge City, KS is the windiest city, not Chicago.

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CM
4 years 1 month ago

know of any microwave-safe non-plastic cover solutions to prevent splatter?? using a ceramic plate to cover a plate doesn’t allow the steam to escape… perhaps someone knows of lids with holes for steam vents?

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ksenia
4 years 1 month ago

“data” is a plural word. Thus, “these data indicate that the above glass jars are awesome”.

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Stephanie PH
4 years 1 month ago

Love your blog & I’d love to win!

Here’s my fact (maybe interesting) – You can pour leftover pickle juice under your gardenias to help them thrive, They like acidic soil.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Wow Beth! this is such a fun contest! Thanks for the awesome review and for the great idea of asking subscribers for a fun fact to enter the contest. I am really intrigued by fact number 70! We look forward to finding out who the lucky one is!

For those interested, if you *like* our Facebook page, you will find out about all the contests that you can participate in to win one of our products: http://www.facebook.com/lifewithoutplastic.

-Chantal at LifeWithoutPlastic.com

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Note: I don’t sell farro, nor do I have anything to do with the web site I linked. I just love to eat it!

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

If you’re looking for a different type of super-grain, try farro. It is the best-tasting grain I’ve ever eaten. See this web site for more:

http://www.chefshop-gourmet-food-store.com/6458.html

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Julie
4 years 1 month ago

Anytime I am asked for a fact, my mind immediately goes to the Kids in the Hall and the “It’s a fact” girl. Then, I wonder if 30 Helens had to agree for it to be an actual fact. I love and miss that show.

My fact is KITH related: One of the stars – Dave Foley – also played a character named Dave on another great show: NewsRadio.

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sui
4 years 1 month ago

An interesting fact? UMMMMM…
It takes 3 gallons of water to make one plastic gallon bottle of water. But you probably already knew that :X

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

With all the natural disasters around the world, making sure your family is prepared is top priority. Adding freeze dried food storage makes being prepared easy!

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Erin
4 years 1 month ago

Pennsylvania (my home state) was the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate. Pennsylvania was also home to the first baseball Stadium, the first automobile service station, the first computer, the first daily newspaper, the first American piano and, of course, the first American flag.

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Rachel
4 years 1 month ago

These look great! And the comments are very fun and interesting too.

Here’s a fun fact: if gardening makes you happy, you might have a soil microbe to thank.

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jul/raw-data-is-dirt-the-new-prozac

“The results so far suggest that simply inhaling M. vaccae—you get a dose just by taking a walk in the wild or rooting around in the garden—could help elicit a jolly state of mind. “You can also ingest mycobacteria either through water sources or through eating plants—lettuce that you pick from the garden, or carrots,” Lowry says.”

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

[…] My Plastic Free Life has a great glass container giveway. […]

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Kelly
4 years 1 month ago

I started a model making class, the kind that architects take, and the list of stuff to buy included one time use plastics like foam core and a big plastic cutting surface. So I sent my instructor the wiki info on the toxicity of foam core and told him I was going to build my model on old cardboard. He said OK. Then I came to class today with my little wooden cutting board from my kitchen as a cutting surface and they looked at it like “wow, you can just use a cutting board” instead of the plastic sheet with a grid on it that has only one purpose, to cut out model pieces, that cost over $25 ON SALE! So I’m pretty happy you inspired me to be an example in this class on how we can not only design green buildings, but we can build the models green too!

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Dana
4 years 1 month ago

I am still freaked out by the darkness behind doors. But only late at night when I’m alone!

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Kacie
4 years 1 month ago

You can kill ants in your home without pesticides by laying out corn meal or grits for them to eat which is fatally too much for them to digest.

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Lara S.
4 years 1 month ago

The historic range of Jaguars included the south of the United States, and in the south extended much farther to cover most of the South American continent .
including part of the Patagonia. In total, its northern range has receded 1,000 kilometers southward and its southern range 2,000 km northward. It is now extinct in El Salvador and Uruguay.

I like the containers! I have stainless steel containers with crappy plastic lids that break easily, but I’ ok with them for now.

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Xan
4 years 1 month ago

So I only read the first twenty or so – hoping this isn’t a repeat.

Before modern condoms, we had condoms made from natural rubber (made by taking what amounts to a dildo and dipping it in a vat of rubber). Before that people made condoms out of natural intestine, tied off on one end.

But before those come the really interesting birth control methods. In the Renaissance they sewed condoms out of linen or silk (complete with an irritating chafing seam). In ancient Greece they used half a hollowed out pomegranate (how it fit is beyond me). In ancient Egypt they used a mixture of crocodile dung and honey – honey so it wouldn’t make you ill. It has antimicrobial properties.

Personally, I’m fond of our modern versions.

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Tara
4 years 1 month ago

Vinegar can be used as a fabric softener. It works really well, is a LOT cheaper, and leaves your towels way more absorbant than when you use other fabric softeners.

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paul de vinny
4 years 1 month ago

History does not always repeat itself.

— John W. Campbell

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Carissa
4 years 1 month ago

‘God bless you’ was originally said because people believed your heart skipped a beat and there was a chance you could die, so others must bless your soul so you go to heaven. Turns out your heart does not skip a beat so nowadays ‘God bless you’ is said out of habit and no real purpose! But try not saying it when people sneeze, it is very hard!

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paula barrett
4 years 1 month ago

vegetables seeds from produce which is not organic rarely, if ever, will reproduce.

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Suzanne
4 years 1 month ago

Female Spotted Hyenas have a pseudopenis. And they give birth through it.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Happy Birthday is also a copyrighted song, which is why most restaurants have other silly birthday songs — so they don’t have to pay royalties.

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chicknlil
4 years 1 month ago

one more thing- a sheep’s wiener is called a pizzle and they have the largest scrotum proportionally of all domesticated stock

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chicknlil
4 years 1 month ago

Cows do not have 4 stomachs. They have one stomach with 4 compartments. To tell if sheep and cows are hungry, look at their left side in front of the hip. If the area is depressed, feed them. If it is flat, they are satisfied. Sheep do not have top teeth! They have a hard plate instead. Milk weed, when eaten by sheep, reacts in the stomach and creates cyanide and can potentially kill them. Cats are the most carnivorous animals. Pigs cannot look straight up. To get pigs to drink more water during hot weather add cool aid to their water. Pigs cannot sweat ergo they wallow. Elephants have 4 knees. A turkey chick is called a poult. The fleshy thing sticking out of a turkey’s forehead is called a snood. Nobody knows why some goats have waddles . A goat without horns is sterile. Always lead a horse from the left side. An acre is based on the ammount of land that oxen can plow in one day. One acre of pasture sequesters more methane in one day than a cow can emmit in one year. There is more life in the soil than all of the life above it. Soil the thickness of a dime, spread over an acrea equals one ton. You can repair a bush or tree that has been split by wrapping it in white first aid tape and sealing it with candle wax. Burley tobacco is harvested by hand, hung in a shed on tier poles to dry, and then taken down removed from the stalk. The leaves are categorized by grade and baled. They are then trucked to a collection site for sale. Hay is dried grass for animal feed. Straw is left over from the wheat harvest and is animal bedding. Fresh eathworm castings are shiney. Large corn fields durring hot weather can create ozone (not a good thing). Electricians don’t wear wedding bands because it is a shock hazard. Happy Birthday is the most commonly sung song in the world. New Zealand only retains 20% of their young people, the rest move away. The average American uses 60 gallons of water per day. Blueberries like coffee grounds. They add acidity to the soil. 1969 CJ GT Mustang is the largest Mustang ever made and rare.

Fact: I have way too much random stuff bouncing around in my head.

I may not have the most novel nugget but I have the most!

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder who noticed that his goats would “dance” after eating the fruit from a certain kind of tree.

The caffiene in coffee beans is meant to be a defense mechanism for the plant, but humans have grown to enjoy the effects.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Beth & Carla,

I was thinking about this a lot recently. Several states in the US have these types of laws regarding manufacture and sale of electronics. That is the main reason that Best Buy started it’s recycling program because as an electronics manufacturer they are required in some states to recycle a certain percentage of what they manufacture/sell. Since they’re a national company it was easy for them to roll out their recycling program in all states, even those that don’t require them to. It makes business sense for them because they can actually sell their recycling (kind of like credits I guess) to other manufacturers like Sony, etc so that those companies can say that they are meeting the state’s minimum requirements. They also get a small amount of money from the actual recycling companies (all located in the US) who make their money by selling the raw materials they pull out of recycled items and by fixing and reselling salvagable electronics.
Wouldn’t it be nice if ALL manufacturers, not just those who produce electronics, were required to recycle a percentage of the crap they make. It would actually get companies to start thinking about recycling the way Best Buy does, not just as good for the environment but as a way to actually make money. Then the companies that make all this impossible to recycle plastic garbage would have to think twice!

OH! and I saw a commercial for a product that should go on your wall of shame…it’s a plastic boiled egg maker. Why boil an egg in it’s natural shell when you can boil it in plastic and get extra chemical “flavors” leeching into your eggs? yum!

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Veronica
4 years 1 month ago

We take way less time preparing meals these day. In fact, in 1860 ‘Godey’s Lady’s Book’ advised US women to cook tomatoes for at least 3 hours. I guess with their men out to war they had plenty of time to properly make tomatoes!

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Amy Metzger
4 years 1 month ago

The word nerd comes from “ne’er-do-well.” :)

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Tracy Haughton
4 years 1 month ago

Gut bacteria influence brain chemistry and behavior, and, in many cases, are the root of mental illness.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517110315.htm

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Lydia
4 years 1 month ago

I remember this from 7th grade biology.

The human eye blinks more than 4 millions times a year.

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Cheryl
4 years 1 month ago

My nine year old son would like you all to know that more men are struck by lightning than women. So we’ve got that going for us…. ;)

Thanks for the chance to win–those containers look wonderful!

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Melissa Hunter-Kilmer
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that there is a special kind of earthworm that is sold for gardening purposes? It’s called the red wiggler, and it’s bred to breed really fast. Of course once it’s turned loose in your garden, it will breed with what my dad (an earthworm farmer) used to call “wild worms” and the offspring won’t breed as fast as the red wiggler parent. Also, red wigglers are kind of pretty. They come in colors from yellow to orange to pink to red to brown, sometimes all on the same worm, and their stripes are more noticeable than those of wild worms. I know all this because I counted red wigglers for shipping one summer. I got pretty sick of them, but they seriously rock for gardens!

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Zabet
4 years 1 month ago

I was told by an Agriculture major in college that the average circumference of a bull’s scrotum is 32 centimeters.

I’ve never been able to forget it. *shudder*

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Amy S
4 years 1 month ago

It takes 3.4 billion gallons of crude oil to manufacture the 18 billion disposable diapers that are used in the just the US alone EVERY YEAR!

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that fresh raw coconut water has the same blood constituency as our plasma? So identical it is, that it has been used to transfuse into our soldiers through IVs during world war II when there was a lack of medical blood fluid. The body readily accepts it! So for most of you out there who think coconut water IS a health food – you’re right, its great for us but even better if its raw. The stuff you get in cans and cartons is all pasteurised.

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Karli
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that, when clean, rats actually smell sweet? (I have pet rats. It’s really true!)

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Max
4 years 1 month ago

Random fact since you were talking about room to expand. Due to heat in flight the SR-71 grows about a foot compared to when it is on the ground and due to that heat the aircrews would have to stay in the aircraft an hour after landing before getting out of the aircraft.

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greg
4 years 1 month ago

A sad and strange fact, The US uses the most toilet paper in the world over 50LBS per person a year!!

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Cristie G
4 years 1 month ago

While only 3.6% of people in the U.S. use illicit drugs (excluding marijuana) each year, the U.S. government spends about $500 per second on the war on drugs.

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Here is something interesting that I found out from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution…. it grossed me and the kids out…

Hard candies with a shiny surface have shellac applied to them (confectioners glaze). This shellac is made from resin secreted from Lac bugs. Yummy! Imagine eating bug secretions! They also use it for time release pills according to Wikipedia.

I could have swore that Jamie said the bugs were crushed but Wikipedia says it is their secretions… either way… VERY gross.

I have snaplocks that are supposed to be made out of silicone on top but I like the idea of stainless steel instead! I use my old plastic containers for things like mixing up concrete patching compound.

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Rachel
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know the sole of a horse’s hoof is called a frog?

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Carla
4 years 1 month ago

Beth, re: Ottawa and recycling. I had the same thought too, that all plastics would be accepted in order to get more people to sort their waste even if not all plastics would be recycled. But, I looked into it and the City has found markets for those plastics, and it will cost the city ($46,000 estimate) Still, I don’t think this provides license to buy more single use plastic. Mostly I was appalled that the target is so low (60%).

re: GST. This was a Canadian tax, now replaced by the HST (harmonised sales tax) which brings together the GST (federal tax) and the provincial tax where you are (Ontario in my case, so PST). In theory, the HST is for ‘superfluous’ things, but in reality, the HST catches a whole bunch of things that many consider necessities (school supplies, for example and I forget what else).

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

I’m drawing a blank. Most of the world co-sleeps with babies/young children and nurses past 2. How’s that?

Guest
4 years 1 month ago

Here are a few cool and random facts to put me in the running for those containers – I’ve been wanting to try them!

Cattle are the only mammals that pee backwards.

Humans are born with 300 bones in their body, but once they become adults, they only have 206.

Can openers were invented almost 50 years after the can was invented.

Ants never sleep.

Ears of corn always have an even number of rows of kernels.

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Natalie
4 years 1 month ago

They look great!

Fact: colored glass usually contains lead.

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4 years 1 month ago

The requirement that the fact be interesting is stumping me a little, I’ll be honest. I have countless numbers of uninteresting facts, but interesting is another story.

OK – how about this one:

My 2-year-old can fit out our front window. And I know this, because I found him on my lawn, wearing his boots and holding his hands in the air triumphantly, after he jumped OUT of said window.

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4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that Reno, Nevada is further west than San Diego, California.

I already posted, but this is a fun fact.

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Bridget
4 years 1 month ago

The veins in dogwood leaves have natural latex in them. Gently pull the leaf in half (between tip and stem) and you will see the strands of latex

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michelle in Colorado
4 years 1 month ago

Hydrogen Peroxide will get blood out of cloth.

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sunnysandiegan
4 years 1 month ago

Children often enjoy fruits and vegetables when they have a hand in growing and/or harvesting them.

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sunnysandiegan
4 years 1 month ago

The local honey worked for me and my seasonal allergies!!!

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Pam
4 years 1 month ago

By buying locally-produced honey, your body gets small doses of the same pollen that can trigger your allergies. In the same fashion that a vaccine works, by giving your body the honey, allergies may be dramatically reduced! So the closer you live to the beekeeper, the better off you are! (via FactMe.com)

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Jen I.
4 years 1 month ago

Want to win! So here’s a random fact I just learned…. Did you know that in 1934 in Detroit ( where I’m from) there were over 20 potato chip companies? Only one remains today ….

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Erin
4 years 1 month ago

Ohh, those look lovely. Here’s my fact:

Chia seeds, the now-fashionable omega-3-rich seed you can find at health stores, are the same as the seeds used to make Chia Pets back in the day. Who knew in the 80s that those little guys were keeping such a secret :)

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Laura
4 years 1 month ago

The geographers cone snail is the most venemous animal in the world.

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4 years 1 month ago

one thing which stuck me was the fact that the packaging is plastic free…that itself scores 100 on my ranking!!

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4 years 1 month ago

absolutely love the dialogue you’ve started here. If ever you need to be reminded of the value of your blog, Beth, look to these comments and know that your site remains a source for thoughtful discourse on needed information and delightful pick-me-up info! and tho’ I can’t think of a bloomin’ worthwhile thing to add, I’m thrilled to know of an alternative to my coveted Pyrex, and I vote for the tornado info left by Jen (I think)!

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4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that regularly eating locally produced honey (and it does need to be local — check out your local farmer’s market) can help keep seasonal allergies in check?
I prefer to use honey when I make jam (using Pomona’s Pectin) to cut down on sugar intake and enjoy the benefits of honey in a variety of forms.
I love to preserve and put up food by freezing as well and have been looking for an alternative to the re-purposed plastic containers I’ve been using. These containers definitely sound like a great alternative. Thanks for the tips of freezing food in glass containers.

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4 years 1 month ago

I think that the glass storage is the best way to go as it it non reactive and won’t impart any flavors of plastic odors to the foods kept in them. I currently use canning jars for most of my chores, but I think I will have to purchase some of these containers. A bit expensive on the get go but worth it in the end!

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Anali
4 years 1 month ago

Did you know that GST(I have no idea if this is just a canadian tax) is a goods a service tax, which means that you pay tax on things that are either, considered unnecessary for life, or products that someone has to prepare or make for you.

For example, if you bought cake at a store you would pay GST on a single piece of cake, but would not on a whole cake. The reason behind this(They say) is because you are obviously not buying this cake to feed a family if it is just one slice, and someone had to take the time to slice it.

So, basically, things you need to survive, mainly food and children’s clothes, are tax free, but items like gum, individual serving items or restaurant meals are taxed.

But, toilet paper and toothpaste are taxed. Go figure.

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joe
4 years 1 month ago

people who avoid doctors live longer.
would love to win that. joe

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Sara Jennings
4 years 1 month ago

Hmmmm…I am having a hard time coming up with a FACT that others may not know. I tend to deal on emotion and passion rather than fact. I also think most facts can be disputed with other equally valid facts. Hey, perhaps that is my fact…that most stats and facts can be argued to be untrue based on other stats and facts. So lets just try to look at what seems to make the most sense with love. I want people to treat me the same way they want to be treated, therefor I treat them well and this also means not shopping at places using sweatshop labour because I wouldn’t want to be treated the way those workers are. I also treat plants and animals with the same respect for the same reason. Think about what feels right and then do that.

I LOVE these dishes. I have been searching far and wide for glass containers to use in my refrigerator for my veggies and have yet to find any at thrift stores or garage sales. I may have to buy new, but right now I am trying to avoid that.

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Carol
4 years 1 month ago

Little known fact: For every dollar white families have in savings, black families have ten cents. Sad but true.
But I vote for Julie’s sprouting tomato seeds!

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4 years 1 month ago

Those are fantastic containers!

Fun Fact: If you spray Raid or other insecticide, you kill ALL the bugs, including the mosquito-eating bugs that take longer to regenerate. This results in further imbalances in bug populations as mosquitoes and other most pestilent bugs breed faster than their predators (spiders, for example) and perpetrates the need to keep spraying.
Best way to deal with mosquitoes and other insect pests? Quit spraying your whole yard and just spray down your body with a personal bug repellent. This method is most effective AND least harmful to the environment.

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yuki
4 years 1 month ago

Don’t buy CFLs. Seriously, CFLs are bad for the environment and incandescent light bulbs are way better but if you still want to save on energy, buy LEDs. CFLs contains mercury and are both harmful to the environment and our health. Here is a list of precautions to take when one CFL breaks and it’s something you DON’T want to have to deal with!

@ Elizabeth Are you on board for Apple Cider Vinegar?

Thanks for the giveaway!

Yuki

yuki@michelf.com

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rachel
4 years 1 month ago

I’d love to win this! We just moved and I culled our plastic Tupperware-I want to replace with glass.

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Julie
4 years 1 month ago

Tomato seeds can sprout from inside a tomato. I know this because last week, my hubby sliced one open to find that ALL the seeds had sprouted into little green vines. Weird.

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4 years 1 month ago

If you are prone to migraines and feel one coming on, drink a cup of a strong, caffeinated beverage. If done early enough, in most cases it will stave off the headache. (This was a lifesaver when I was getting 1-3 headaches a week early in my pregnancy — saved all of my caffeine intake for pending headaches.)

And we’ve had our Pyrex for several years without any lids cracking … so far.

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Sunny
4 years 1 month ago

Ever live in a home with mold problems? Many buildings are constructed now to be tightly sealed – the reason being that it takes less energy to heat or cool the building. However, if there is no air flow to dry out damp areas then the mold flourishes. Air flow in new buildings often means energy consuming fans and air exchangers.

Have you ever been in a log constructed home? Solid walls that breath. A well designed and properly finished log home reduces the energy required for heating and cooling, and with the added breath-ability of the natural materials, in 30 years I have never seen mold problems in log homes, including homes that are 100+ years old.

Consider this too:
Common construction methods include factory processed wood or metal stud walls, filled with insulation, layers of plastic, plywood, & gyprock, then finished with stucco or siding on the outside (vinyl, metal or wood) and paint or wallpaper or wallboard on the inside. Each and every one of those materials requiring processing energy and chemicals, with many wasteful and harmful byproducts.

For a log home there is minimal processing to the log before it is put into place during construction, and minimal requirements to finish and maintain it. The parts of the tree (a renewable resource!) that you don’t use to build with can be used for smaller projects, become fuel for a heat source, and the very last of it can be composted. That’s a lot of value out of a few cans of chainsaw fuel, compared to the manufacturing plants for all the other construction materials.

Though it isn’t a realistic opportunity for everyone, it’s still interesting to think about when we consider the different ways plastic affects our lives. I don’t consider myself old-fashioned, but I love learning about how our great grandparents did so much with so little.

The glass containers are beautiful; I would love to have some to share with my family and friends.

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Cameron
4 years 1 month ago

Fact about The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss:

The line “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie” was removed more than fourteen years after the story was published after two research associates from the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss about the clean-up efforts of Lake Erie. The line remains in the DVD of the special.

This is one of the many things that stuck with me after reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck.

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