Are plastic containers safe to store food?

25 Oct

On the bottom of plastic containers, you’ll see a number inside a triangle. It’s a code developed by the plastics industry to make sorting plastics easier for recycling centers; it also indicates what type of plastic the container is made of.
  
  
  

 

 
 
Do’s and Don’ts

Microwaving: Do use microwave-safe glass or ceramic. Don’t use any plastic, including plastic wrap and Styrofoam. Cover foods with paper, not plastic.
 
Refrigerator Storage: Do use glass, ceramic, stainless steel, or PVC-free plastic wrap. Don’t use plastic containers.
 
Lunches: Do use foil or waxed or butcher paper to wrap sandwiches and snacks. If you prefer the convenience of bags, look for ones made from number 4 plastic.  
 
Water: Do use glass or stainless steel or bottles made from number 2 or 5 plastic.
Don’t use any drink bottles made from number 7 plastic.
 
Freezing: Do use foil, freezer paper, or number 4 plastic freezer bags.
Don’t use any glass or plastic not labeled FREEZER SAFE-extreme cold can cause both to crack. Don’t put hot food in plastic bags or containers-let it cool first.
 

 

Pantry Storage: Do use glass, stainless steel, or number 5 plastic.
Don’t store food in any plastic container made from number 3,6, or 7 plastic.

Cheese: Try to buy cheese off the block instead of pre-packed. If you can’t, remove the plastic as soon as you get home.

Fruits & Vegetables: Avoid pre-packed fruits and vegetables. Buy loose whenever possible.

Cans: Try to cut down your use of foods packed in plastic-lined cans.

 

 

If you wish to read more about Healthy food storage, Green living, and recycling here are some interesting books:

  • Easy Green LivingThe ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home by Renee Loux
  • It’s Easy Being Green A Handbook for earth-friendly living by Crissy Trask
  • Super Natural HomeImprove your Health, Home and Planet by Beth Greer
  • 1001 Easy Ways to Earth-wise Living – Natural and eco-friendly ideas that can  make a real difference to your life / Reader’s Digest

 

 

Personal Note: ” You might want to check your plastic  containers and sort out the unhealthy ones!   

In my up-coming posts I will talk about Interior Design Principles and some helpful tips to use in your home.  So, stay tuned and have a happy and wonderful day!”   Beate

 

 

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