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Which Plastics to Never Use with Food

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4. If you don’t get rid of all of your plastic, at least retire old plastic containers, especially those that are heavily worn or scratched. Older plastics tend to leach increasing amounts of toxins as they age. Use them to organize and store non-food items.

5. Be careful of serving and storing hot foods or foods made with fats or oils in plastic containers. These foods more readily facilitate the transfer of plastic toxins.

6. Never microwave foods in plastic containers. “Microwave safe” means the container won’t melt or warp, but doesn’t mean it won’t leach. Heating plastics increases the potential for leaching of chemicals into your food.

7. Never microwave food in yogurt tubs, take-out bowls, or other one-time use containers. These containers can warp or melt, possibly causing harmful chemicals to migrate into the food.

8. Avoid using plastic sandwich bags or plastic wrap products.

9. If you must use plastic wrap, make sure it is a brand free of both BPA and PVC. Ziploc, Glad and Saran are promoted as being free of BPA and PVC–but remember that these plastics live for 1,000 years–in our landfills.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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4:57AM PDT on May 14, 2015

Simple but significant enough

4:04AM PDT on May 14, 2015

Interesting, thanks

12:57PM PDT on May 11, 2015

ty

1:54AM PDT on May 8, 2015

Shit. I use plastic too

6:17AM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

Thanks

5:51AM PDT on Apr 26, 2015

interesting

9:12AM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

best is to eat straight in the shop :))))
no bags
no containers
just imagine

( i am kidding :))))) )

3:46PM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

3:34PM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

So, is a place like Lakeland good to buy from. . .?

8:18PM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

But I have to have something to put food in to freeze it for later use. Is aluminum the answer?

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