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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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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 ...

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.

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