Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to evaluate and reduce your plastic storage containers.
All right kids…we’ve talked about soap and gluten so far during the Spring Cleaning: Get the Junk Out! carnival, not exactly anything that made you put your scrubbing gloves on. This week we’re doing some serious spring cleaning…It’s time to get down on our knees. We’re going in the plastics cupboard, boys and girls!
Here’s your “Katie-is-a-green-nerd” story for the month: at Christmastime, we got my in-laws some new glass storage containers, but they came with the condition that they had to get rid of at least as many plastic containers. Helping my mother-in-law sort through her plastics cupboard was a cross between an archaeological dig and a board game with half its pieces missing.
If you’re nodding your head because you could commiserate with my mother-in-law, you had better accept at least the baby steps challenge from Beth of My Plastic-Free Life tomorrow.
Choose Your Level:
- Throw away, recycle or repurpose orphan containers and lids (unless you’re already flying with Flylady, you know they’re in there!) Here are some tips to reuse plasticware for non-food purposes. You could donate usable plastics, but not dangerously damaged ones.
- Get the dangerous stuff out – no. 3, 6 and 7 plastics, damaged containers from microwave use, etc. It’s go time. If it’s cracked, gouged, melted or otherwise all messed up, cut your losses. Plastic isn’t so good for you, as Beth Terry will show you tomorrow.
- Consider what you really need to function as a household. I have been surprised that although I’ve missed a few things that I boxed up to “stage” the house to sell, I haven’t wanted for much. Chances are if you get rid of some plastic, you’ll never miss it. How much does your family really need at one time to store food? Join me in striving for simplicity.
- Get some lovely glass containers with lids to replace some of your plastics. There are a lot of advantages to glass storage containers, and you may soon find that you require even fewer plastic containers. At the very least, you can put glass containers on your wish list for the next gift-giving holiday, or even a Klean Kanteen water bottle. These are a bit pricey, but I’ve seen them for just a few dollars at Walgreen’s. Just make sure they’re made of stainless steel, not aluminum. Even cheaper? FREE. Wash and reuse every single glass jar that your food comes in: spaghetti sauce, olives, soy sauce, everything. I love free. 🙂
UPDATE: The comments have some GREAT ideas, including lunch packing supplies, more free glass storage, how to freeze in batch and store flour. Keep reading! I just found this company for plastic-free lunch packing gear: EcoLunch Gear. They look awesome!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for Beth Terry’s amazing plastic story, her steps to success in ridding your plastic cupboard of plastic, and TWO great plastic-free giveaways. If you’re a blogger, you can link up any posts related to getting out the plastics, including:
- facts on the harms of plastic
- reviews of plastic alternatives
- discussion of plastics, glass, etc. for storing food
- what else can you think of?
Image from number657.