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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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7:42AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I miss glass bottles ...

7:28AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thanks for the good info a lot of my kid plastics are #5 and glass isn't always practical for little kids.

7:44AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Good to know,Thanks for sharing

3:54AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Little wisdom for life

8:20PM PST on Feb 14, 2014

Thanks.

11:00AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

thanks.

3:05AM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Just what I'd been wanting to know, thanks

6:22PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Good to know. Thank you.

9:04AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

I try to avoid all plastic containers. Thank you for sharing.

2:39PM PST on Jan 3, 2014

it's like plastic bottles: water tastes disgusting out of them :-(
I'm so happy here in Germany that we still have glass bottles...

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