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10 Ways to Get Plastic Out of Your Kitchen

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10 Ways to Get Plastic Out of Your Kitchen

Earth day is right around the corner–what better time to take a hard look at your plastic consumption?

Plastics seem to invade every aspect of our lives, and the kitchen is no exception. From cooking to storage to packing food for on the go, there are places that we can ditch the plastic in favor of safer, more Earth-friendly materials. This Earth Day, take some time to inventory the plastic in your kitchen and see if your kitchen can go plastic free. What a great way to make your Earth day action last the whole year!

Plastic is no good for the planet, and it’s no good for people, either. Plastic pollution is a serious environmental problem. It pollutes our waterways, causing ocean dead zones and killing countless numbers of aquatic life. You don’t want plastic coming in contact with your food, either, especially hot or acidic foods. Plastic cooking utensils and food storage containers can leach toxins into the food that it touches. No, thank you!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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4:25PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Thanks ! I use Pirex with plastic lids more and more.

12:38AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

some of those are good ideas, others aren't very practical. i have a few glass containers for pasta etc but for bulky foods, i have them in plastic ones as they're lighter than glass. i've had carpal tunnel surgery in both hands as well as nerve re-alignment in one, so heavy containers and lids are problematic. i rather a plastic box for lunch mostly as over here in the uk, there isn't many metal ones out there, unless you pay an extreme amount of money for them. 'sistema' items are quite popular here, so i use them for sandwiches, cold pasta etc. i try to keep the plastic tubs from takeaways and use for spices in bulk, various tea bags etc. when shopping, i have my own bag/s and buy fruit loose but have my own bag/container to put them into. most of my pans are stainless steel as well, so although i cannot/won't get rid of all my plastic, i'm very aware of the plastic i do have; i reuse them as much as possible and when i can't anymore, i take them to a charity shop or recycle them. do i get some points still?!

11:44AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Helpful

4:53PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I'm getting there. I have glass containers for lunches--they do have plastic lids, but the lids don't go in the microwave. Have some cloth bags for sandwiches. Need to make more. There aren't any plastic utensils or bottled water, and very few plastic bags. Can't use the powdered dishwashing detergent--too humid where I live. It becomes a rock. Good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

6:30AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

thanks

11:56PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

For the Dr. Bronner's issue, I think you could buy their paper wrapped soap and make it into liquid soap. There are several recipes for that, here is one, for example: http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/how-to-turn-a-bar-of-soap-into-liquid-hand-soap/

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Have always preferred glass for storing foods rather than plastic, fabulous ideas!

11:02PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

i'm working towards plastic free more and more every day. currently i'm only about 7 out of the 10. thanks for the tips and reminders! plastic is not good!

7:49PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

great tips

1:32PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

For me, no bottled water. I have a stainless container for work. I use a travel mug for coffee. I have glass containers, bakeware and pitchers and am weeding out the plastic. I try not to buy anything in plastic.

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