“Don’t Put Food In THAT!” or, ALL Plastics Will Get Ya!

by Ravi

Gawd how we love our Lock’n Lock food storage containers – How humans over the ages ever got along without these is a mystery to us.   Old, miserable  Tupperware (burp!) is to these great containers as a horse-drawn sledge is to a minivan!

(I have to laugh at that pic I found – look at all that horrific food-like stuff in there!)

There is only one teeeensy weeensy problem, they’re made of…

PLASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!)


OK, OK, I’ve calmed down. whew! that was creepy – I’ve been putting my family food in PLASTIC for all these years and thought it was no problem!

But here, as you can see, there ARE problems – BIG problems for both our bodies and our planet:

Plastic Recycling Symbols and their Health Impacts

So what to do? not only is almost every last thing you but wrapped in plastic of some kind, but we’ve been sold plastic food containers for YEARS! Well, here’s an approximate overview:

Somewhat safe:
#1 polyethylene terephalate (PET) used only once
#2 and #4 polyethylene – #2 and #4 (High density HDPE #2 and Low density LDPE #4 – this is what Lock’n Lock’s are made of -). HDPE is used for milk, water, juice, and yogurt containers. LDPE is used for squeezable bottles (honey, mustard, etc.).
Unsafe:
# 5 polypropylene (catsup bottles, yogurt containers)
#6 polystyrene (Styrofoam)
#7 polycarbonate (Nalgene) water bottles
Never use:
Food or drinks heated in plastic containers in a microwave.
Styrofoam cups (polystyrene #6), especially for hot liquids.
#7 polycarbonate (Nalgene) water bottles
Plastic baby bottles. If you must use bottles, use only glass baby bottles with silicone, not latex, nipples.

Do not reuse plastic water bottles, & don’t forget to have children wash their hands after using the bathroom.

But ya know what? after doing this reading, we’ve gone to using the all-plastic containers for dry goods only (the “relatively safe” ones) and bought lock-top GLASS – this is the only, best and truly SAFE food storage option.

As for the literally 10’s of thousands of chemicals that were just “grandfathered” into our system with NO REGULATION WHATSOEVER, (that FDA is really on their toes protecting us…. NOT),  here is an absolutely EXCELLENT interview that will set your hair upright – but these are things we NEED to know!

A Warning by Key Researcher On Risks of BPA in Our Lives

Toss the plastic – go GET SOME GOOD OLD GLASS HERE!

 

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11 Responses to “Don’t Put Food In THAT!” or, ALL Plastics Will Get Ya!

  1. Ro says:

    The lock-top glass (alternatives to plastic) look great – but what about the “plastic” tops? Are they ok?

    • daiaravi says:

      Hi Ro –

      Look – we simply can’t 100% avoid plastic in this life – BUT the MAIN POINT is that the plastic covers on the glass containers DO NOT COME IN CONTACT WITH THE FOOD! We have noticed that we rarely wash the lids of these containers – cause the food never touches them – or only a little – The plastic in the covers of the glass ones is also the “relatively safe” HDPE plastic –

      it’s having the food – with varying levels of acidity – sitting in the plastic for days where the questionable chemicals can leach into the food. The glass locks have all the convenience of the plastic ones without 99% of the risk–

      if that still freaks you out – there’s good old glass jars HOWEVER NOTE! – mason Jars and most others have a plastic insert in their covers – the little plastic layer you see inside the lids MANY HAVE BPA!! Even the old fashioned standard “Mason Jar” has admitted to BPA in that little plastic ring!

      Like trying to escape a firestorm…!

  2. Marta says:

    I thought #5 plastic is “relatively safe” too? Can you provide more information on that?

    • daiaravi says:

      It is considered “relatively safe” but part of the problem is the recycle-ability of the plastic (for mother earth) and #5 is not yet reasonably recycled so it seems – it has it’s advantages – here’s a good informative post about #5 specifically (note i would VERY MUCH STILL use glass at home on a regular basis)

      http://eco-officegals.com/2009/01/24/is-5-plastic-safe/

  3. Franco says:

    Hi Ravi,

    sorry for going off topic but I’m waiting desperately for part 3 of the “dairy is paleo” series! Any idea when you have it ready?
    Btw, did you notice cattle herders beeing much taller then hunter-gatherers?

    Good blog you have!

    • daiaravi says:

      so sorry Franco – spring hit us here and we’ve been everyday getting the greenhouse planted and revved up for summer (it’s our income…!)

      i have all the resources sitting there for part 3 but have yet to construct the post – i’ll get to it! ( ;-0 )-

      and yes – look at the magnificent stature of the Massi! will try to find details on that in the nutritional view-
      thanks!
      Ravi

  4. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    We’re switching to all glass storage, as our budget allows, after reading about recent research that showed that the BPA-free plastic is often worse than the other plastic. I think ultimately there is no safe plastic.

  5. Franco says:

    Not only the Masai. They’re tall but scrawny. Low overall calorise according some research I found. Old time Nuer, Watusi(Tutsi), Dinka are even more impressive. And not only height. Their faces are very pleasing(from my european view), dentition the best among african tribes. Weston got something right there.
    I could go on but…

    Best,
    Franco

  6. Tracee says:

    Oh, I didn’t know they made glass locking containers. I’m glad you mentioned that.

  7. hellaD says:

    Nice, thanks so much for sharing this with Grain-Free Tuesdays, very important have a good resource list like this.

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