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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 10:06 AM ET
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I prefer glass containers and about 90% of what I use for storing leftovers is glass (or ceramic) containers. I do use plastic containers for schlepping lunch to school/work. Glass is heavy and just not practical. I HATE to drink out of plastic so we have no plastic drinking containers at all.
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:19 AM ET
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I'm slowly eliminating the plastic.  I'll probably hang onto my leftover containers, though.  I figure using them for as long as possible is better than throwing them in a landfill.

I just bought some of these to replace ziplocks in DS' lunch box:

http://www.reusablebags.com/store/happysacks™-reusable-sandwich-bags-p-1457.html?osCsid=4bc721ef0e8f24e581d42254d3946d28

They're really cool. 

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:57 AM ET
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Those bags are cool, Mindy.

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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:45 PM ET
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We are slowly getting rid of the platics.  I have vintage glass refrigerator containers that we use, although they are worth some cash now.

They look like this but have vegetables on the tops:

http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=143695

You can buy them new at Kmart (Martha Stewart brand) and probably elsewhere.

We also juts store our soups and stews, etc. in the large stainless pots in the fridge. 

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 1:47 PM ET
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We haven't gone quite that far.  There are some places plastic is likely to stay--I do not like wooden utensils, and metal spoons on metal pans makes my SO run screaming from the kitchen.  We have found at least some metal items that don't make the horrible-pitched noise (I can't tell, but he really can) so we use those.

We changed pots to get rid of non-stick.  Last place is the bread machine, which I haven't figured out a way around.   Homemade bread with good ingredients is more important to me than eliminating that last non-stick.

We have at least gone to reusable plastic mainly.  My SO's family puts EVERYTHING in plastic baggies.  Ugh!

I can't find any leftover containers I like that aren't plastic. Ideally, I want glass bottoms w/plastic tops. See through, airtight, plastic not in contact with food, microwavable.   They need to stack politely in the cabinet, though!   I still want plastic for the freeze--as often as I get pummeled anything else is just asking for shattering.  If we buy a chest freezer I'd be willing to use glass in there.

We did move all our water bottles to stainless steel.  I would much prefer a glass one by my bed, since it doesn't travel, but I haven't found one yet that has a good top.

We should look into new cutting boards.  We have one BIG glass one but the rest are plastic.  Now that we haven't roommates to worry about we could move the others to glass. Again, knowing us, wood is not a good idea!

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Subject: Containers for Leftovers?
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 10:12 PM ET
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What type of containers do you use for leftovers? The glass things from thelink?

And what do you use instead of "saranwrap" type things?

I'm trying to think of other plastic items we have. I would love to get rid of it all!

 

 

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I went to mostly glass for storage several years ago after I read all the negative things plastics can do.  Pyrex makes some great storage dishes with plastic lids, so the food will stay air tight and fresh.  It does not have to come into contact with the food.  Has anyone noticed that even the fast food restaurants do not use the styrofoam containers anymore????  Had to be a reason they switched to cardboard and paper.  I never microwave any food in plastic containers.  I still use plastic to take food to and from work.  We do still have tupperware glasses and a pitcher that we (actually my husband)  use.  I will not drink from a plastic glass, he will.

 

Wendy

 

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Date Posted: 12/19/2008 12:57 AM ET
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I showed my husband the link with the glass containers, and he said that no way does he want them, that we still have too many children getting things into and out of the refrigerator and they would break too easily. :-( So I'm stuck with the plastics for longer.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 4:56 PM ET
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while I'm not there I do have the reusable plastic containers for most things and try to limit my plastic bag use...and when I do I reuse them when I can unless they had raw meat inside.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 12:30 PM ET
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I have the glass Pyrex containers with the plastic lids, too. Like these: http://www.amazon.com/Pyrex-Storage-18-Piece-Round-Clear/dp/B000HAVOC6/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1229793692&sr=1-21

Something like that might be better for you, Jari. There are a bunch of different companies that make containers similar to the Pyrex ones.

I use these for liquids: http://www.amazon.com/Frigoverre-Glass-Pitcher-68-Ounce/dp/B001JA3EZS/ref=sr_na_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1229793692&sr=1-1  They are great, but too heavy for kids.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 9:28 PM ET
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I havent eliminated it completely but we have stopped using throw away plastic like baggies. I instead bought plastic containers that can be reused. I buy meat in bulk and seperate it at home so that im not buying as much plastic or syrofoam packaging that goes in the trash. Im an incredibly clumsy person so glass containers are not really feasible for us. Dont believe Im that clumsy I have a swollen wrist right now because I smacked it on my chair last night while I was just sitting there playing cards.

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Date Posted: 12/27/2008 11:59 PM ET
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If you use the nylon liners in your cans, what do you do for trash pick-up? We ae required to bag our trash before we put it into the can, so that it won't fly out of the can and onto the road and into the environment, either here or from the truck or at the landfill. We use the plastic bags since this began.

The liners Are an interesting idea, though.

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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 5:56 AM ET
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Rainey, those liners are awesome!!

If I lived alone I would definitely do that.  I am lucky to get DH to recycle like we do.  He throws WAY too much goo into the trash for me to use liners like that.

 

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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 4:34 PM ET
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That is nice. We need a system like that!

Our city also promotes composting, and composts. It also promotes many other green ideas, such as not bagging leaves but letting them stay on the ground and mowing over them. I don't know if I'm aware of these issues and the city promoting them because of my interest in them, or if they are doing a good enough job that many others who weren't interested are now!

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Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:02 AM ET
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I think I should clarify some things about how plastic affects people.

First, plastic doesn't chemically break down. It can physically break down into smaller pieces but it is chemically inert and doesn't break down in land fills.

Second, it's the additives to soft plastics (like plastic bags and saran wrap) and plastics with the recycle symbol #7, called BPA (and other additives) which act like estrogen. All the effects you listed are correct.

Third, the nasty plastic additives tend to come off during long contact with food, liquids (like bottled water), or under heat.

Fourth, the chemical industry will naturally say these things are safe and people are "over reacting". Just like lead paint is safe, cigarettes are safe, and so is benzene, and asbestos. All perfectly safe, just like industry says.

Fifth, Discover magazine (April 2008) said scientists who study these things are "terrified" (their word) about these additives. Because these additives screwed up their unrelated experiments with rats. The scientists were not studying BPA when their experiments were messed up. But the results were astounding and clearly hazardous.