It’s almost impossible to have a 100% plastic-free kitchen after all, plastic is everywhere. It wraps our bread, it stores our peanut butter, and it holds our dried beans, gelato, and cinnamon. Just walk through the grocery store and try to fill up your cart with the things you need without buying anything plastic. It’s not easy. We have come up with few steps that you can take to create a safe and a plastic-free kitchen:
1. Never heat the plastic even if you use it
When plastic is heated, says Scientific American, it leaches chemicals 55 times faster than normal. So, never ever heat food in a plastic container in the microwave, or pour hot food (especially liquid) into a plastic container. Even if the container says its “microwave safe”, it’s still going to leach chemicals. Microwave Safe simply means the container won’t warp in the heat. This tip is especially true for baby bottles or containers where you place your homemade and healthy baby food recipes. Whenever you can, use glass baby bottles, or plastic bottles that specifically say “BPA-Free.” Don’t buy used plastic baby bottles from any shop.
2. Purchase only fresh or frozen food than packaged
It simply tastes better. It doesn’t matter what type of food or drink it is. It always seems to taste better when it’s fresh. BPA is in the lining of almost all packaged food because it helps prevent corrosion and food contamination. Whenever you can, buy fresh or frozen food rather than canned food. Or better yet, grow your own produce in your home garden.
3. Use Glass or Stainless Steel Containers
Dump your plastic containers and instead go for stainless steel containers. Glass containers are great too, but most of them still have plastic lids but then that again depends on the quality you buy but yes it safe too.
4. Ditch the Shop Wrap
When you’re buying cut cheese and meat from your deli counter, ask them to wrap it in wax paper instead of plastic. If they won’t do it, then rewrap it yourself when you get home.
5. Use a Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Stainless steel water bottle actually unscrews in the middle so you can actually clean it. It’s 100% BPA free. If you have an older Sigg stainless steel water bottle, then keep in mind that the gold lining inside likely has BPA in it. There was a big fuss about this last year. Newer Siggs have a BPA-free lining.
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