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Which Plastics to Never Use with Food

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10. Avoid deli-wrap and similar generic packaging since you can’t ascertain the plastic type used. When sliced cheese and meats are sold in plastic bags and/or plastic deli wrap, transfer them as soon as possible to unbleached wax paper or a safe container.

11. Remember that if you are pregnant or nursing, BPA chemicals are passed through your bloodstream directly to your baby.

12. Instead of mixing petroleum (i.e. plastic) with your food, use inert alternatives such as glass and ceramic rather than plastic food storage containers. Reusing jars is a win-win; and you can often find glass storage containers at flea markets and thrift shops. Or simply store food in bowls covered with a plate.

Try alternatives like these:

Pyrex Food Storage containers
Crate and Barrel’s Refrigerator Dish

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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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6:17AM PDT on Apr 30, 2015


5:51AM PDT on Apr 26, 2015


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?

7:45PM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

Certainly, plastic and food doesn't really mix at all.
Interesting article.

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


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