Glass Storage: Small Steps to Living Green Saturday, Step 1
Small Steps To Living Green Saturday
Step #1: Glass Storage containers
Why is this an important “green” step?
If you can’t store your food in a green and toxin-free way then any changes you make to eat more green (local, organic, whole grain, etc.), will not bring you as far as you can go!
Think about it…you spend all that time choosing your food based on where it came from, how it was “processed” (or if it was), how you prepared it, how you served it….how you store your food after it is prepared will be a major step in helping you live a healthier and greener lifestyle!
Conventional storage in the refrigerator and freezer has often been of plastic Tupperware containers and disposable plastic bags.
Though reusable many plastic storage containers contain toxins such as BPA, PVC, and phthalates. These chemicals are often a bigger problem than normal when they are combined with food. Acidic foods can help release the chemicals from the plastics into the foods that we then eat, as well as microwaving of the containers when they are reheated. Though some brands are moving away from using these types of chemicals in their plastics (such as the brand name Tupperware containers, but not all of their products are BPA free yet), plastic containers still have a shelf life. With use in storage and microwaving they absorb the taste of certain foods, as well as the colors of others, get warped (making the seal of the container less tight and shortening the lifespan of your leftovers), and in the end disposed of.
Disposable plastic baggies, though convenient and light weight as well as unbreakable, not only have the same toxic chemicals as many plastic containers, but they are also one time use items that then get disposed of. Plastic bags are now available using recycled plastic material and many people do hand-wash and dry their bags to reuse them but overall these “containers” for storage are not sustainable.
What does SAPsMaMa use?
In SAPsMaMa’s household we choose glass storage containers to store our food over other types of storage if possible. The brand we rely on has been Kinetic GlassLock storage containers and they have worked wonderful. They have multiple shapes and sizes from quite large to pretty small.
Have a block of cheese opened? A nice sized square container is perfect. Leftover diced onions or tomatoes from tacos? The smallest containers work great! Leftover Thanksgiving turkey that will last you months if put in the freezer? I think that is a call for the XL rectangle container!
We chose this brand as when we moved to glass storage this was one of the few brands available, more brands are moving to this type of storage and so more choices are available now! We also very much liked the silicone seal as silicone is a non-toxic material. Though we had hoped for a silicone or other material lid the lids were made of plastic, but the plastic was free of major chemicals we were avoiding. We also loved the size choices available! 4 sizes and shapes of GlassLock containers storing our leftover spaghetti from dinner, pancakes from breakfast, and turkey that is de-thawing from the freezer for turkey soup tomorrow! (Apologies for the dirty fridge!)
Green Pros of Glass Storage Containers:
- Toxin free…glass is non-leaching and chemical free!
- Can be used safely in a microwave and dish washer in high heat without worrying about chemicals being released into your food.
- Food can be stored as well as heated up (microwave or over!) in the same container….reduces dishes!
- Reusable and durable, can be upcycled or recycled if use as a storage container must discontinue.
- No staining or lingering smells and flavors such as from tomato sauces or onions
- Can safely store food in fridge or freezer
Cons to Glass Storage Containers
- Glass is heavy and breakable, which makes it sometimes an unwise choice if the food being stored will be used for a school or work lunch at a later date.
- Unless you have multiple sizes and shapes it is difficult to sometimes fit what you want to store: I had the hardest time with leftover pizza for a while!
- Glass does not expand, so if these are used in the freezer the lid might pop open if not enough room is left in the container, whereas plastic ziploc bags easily expand.
Learn more about Small Steps To Living Green Saturday at my information post!
This is one small step of many you may take to try to help your family live more “green” and eco-friendly in this modern world! I am using my family as an example in small simple steps through Small Steps to Living Green Saturday every week…come check out the rest of my tips and steps in my Green Resources tab!
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