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Plastic-Free Storage

Plastic-Free Storage

Frankly, it is hard to find alternatives to the big plastic storage bins that are as cheap, long lasting, durable and convenient. But given that these containers emit the plastic smell for months, using alternative storage containers is well worth it.

If you are hesitant to give up all your large plastic storage bins, one rule to follow for a healthier home is to only use these in the basement, garage and other areas, where most people do not spend a lot of time.

For your living quarters, cardboard boxes, wood crates, chests, old suitcases and/or metal storage boxes are good alternatives. A good place to find these types of storage containers are yard sales, the Container Store and online.

Searching online I found some unexpected plastic-free container bins, including “Newsprint Bins” made from old newsprint that has been woven. The Container Store also has fabric bins, eco-fabric open bins, and bamboo bins!

I also found metal bins and wire mesh bins at mass merchandisers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, canvas storage bags, and wooden crates.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:03PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you.

12:03PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you.

12:02PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you.

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9:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Maybe the big plastic bins are the one good thing plastic is made for.....recycled, preferablyl....that you can store things free of worry about water, critter damage. For other storage, using all kinds of things other than plastic is always a better option.

9:51AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo.

9:51AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo.

9:50AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo.

12:18AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

thanks for the article

12:17AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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