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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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9:49PM PST on Feb 26, 2015

A lot of people on this post say to use glass. Well that's no good to freeze food in. It's a pain in the bum - you have to watch what you eat, where the source is - and then what to store food in. Does it never end.

7:11AM PST on Feb 12, 2015

thank you

9:30AM PST on Dec 19, 2014

TY

12:54AM PST on Dec 18, 2014

Thank you for posting.

4:43AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

You don't need plastics for ants!

11:38AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Don't use any of them at all around food. They bind with whatever they're touched by. Why do you think that trash bags made out of "recycled" plastic stink to high heaven? Save your glass jars and re-use them. Easily and completely sterilized, and much safer.

6:38AM PDT on May 3, 2014

Very useful thank you.I use glass whenever possible.

8:15AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Thanks for this information

8:01AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

I used Tupperware for years in fact still have some floating around. But darn it if you don't use it for someone to take food home with them and it's gone forever never to be seen again. Tupperware is not cheap and I haven't heard of Tupperware in a long time.

7:42AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I miss glass bottles ...

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