Avoiding Plastic

By Robyn Priebe on 07/21/2010
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Anyone who has attended any of my nutrition classes at Green Mountain at Fox Run has, at some point, seen me drinking out of a re-purposed tomato sauce jar.  The jar I used last week still had the tomato sauce label on it!  Now, it's not the classiest habit I have, but I do it to avoid drinking out of plastic. 

In the past, I used to be concerned about plastics migrating into food mainly when the food  touching the plastic was either hot, acidic, or had a high fat content.  However, now I'm concerned about plastics contacting any type of food or beverages I plan on ingesting.  In my home, all of our plastic food containers have been recycled or re-purposed, plastic cups are no longer used, and foods that are packaged in plastics are never put in the microwave that way.  I also make sure that if I use plastic wrap, it's not touching the food itself, but just covering the top of a container and we very rarely use any canned foods, in order to avoid Bisphenol A.

That said, I'm sure there's 100 other things I could be doing to further minimize plastic exposure.  I'm considering transfering items packed in plastic (like tofu) to glass as soon as I get it home from the grocery store.  I'm also thinking ahead about how to freeze all of my produce that's coming out of my garden without the use of plastics.  I'm a little nervous about filling a freezer with tons of glass containers.

What ways have you avoided using plastics for containing food/beverages?  Any great tips for stocking a freezer without using tons of plastic?

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