Boy, I felt like Myra was talking directly to me. I have been really conscious of my plastic use lately anyways. So, after reading this post and doing a little thinking, I decided to take the plunge.
This weekend, I cleaned out my cabinets and kitchen nook and removed almost all of the plastic containers in my household.
The only items I kept were:
- Sandwich containers that we use to take sandwiches to school when we have lunch duty
- Tupperware mixing bowls, hot dog keeper, and bacon/lunch meat container
- The kids’ small bowls that we use for puddings, jello, and sauces
And, the reason why I kept these items is because I do not place them in the microwave. They never get heated, except in the dishwasher.
After a couple of hours on the project (with some breaks, of course), I collected quite a few containers.
Did I throw them away?
Of course not! That would go against my recycling side (insert smile). The Rubbermaid ones went in a bag to donate and the others went into my recycling bags.
While cleaning out, I realized that all of my glass containers were shoved in the back of one of my bottom cabinets. Not a good spot when you are planning on using them daily. So, a move was in order.
You will remember seeing my empty cabinet that I have been attempting to turn into a command center. Well, since my husband likes his catch-all spot, I decided I am not using that space wisely. So, this will be our new small container cabinet.
1. The Whole BPA-Free Issue
You are hearing more and more in the news about purchasing BPA-Free products. More products now even have a nice logo on the front that states they are BPA-Free.
The Mayo Clinic posted the following information about these items.
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.
BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They may also be used in other consumer goods.
Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods. This assessment is based on review of hundreds of studies.
I am an individual that doesn’t like to take chances. The FDA may say it is ok in small amounts and then in 10 years they may come out with different evidence. To be on the safe side, I am purchasing items that are BPA-Free and using more glass containers.
2. Washing Plastics
We are not huge fans of hand-washing dishes at my household. And, honestly, we just don’t have the extra time. We like to fill up our dishwasher, then run it when it is completely full. I have noticed that when we place some plastics in the dishwasher, they come out with a film on them. Or, they just don’t get clean (when used for tomato based foods, especially). So, sometimes, I run the same dishes in the dishwasher several times, which I do not like.
We never have this problem with glass. They seem to shine and clean nicely after a cycle through the dishwasher.
Let me just say that trying to keep plastic containers organized is a mess! If you are anything like me, you have different sizes and shapes of plastics. And, they DO NOT nest together very well.
It doesn’t matter how much I try to organize the plastics, they multiple FAST. The glass containers I have do not take up nearly as much space and they do nest nicely.
This is definitely a personal decision and one that I am not trying to push on anyone. If plastic is right for your family, that is great. But, it just hasn’t been working well for mine.