When it first came out that these bottles were potentially dangerous, I was heartbroken (haha, probably a slight exaggeration, but if you know me, you know how much I LOVE water and having some with me at ALL times - these bottles were my main mode of water transportation for years). Anyway, we got rid of them (well, we tried to recycle them...hope that worked out). I still miss them, mostly the bright neon colors and the fact that I could drop them from any height and they'd remain perfectly intact, but I don't miss the stink (gross). We switched to metal water bottles (first aluminum and stainless steel, but now only stainless steel). We've been using our stainless steel bottles (Klean Kanteens) for a few years now, but I'm thinking about making the switch to glass. I get annoyed having to handwash the metal ones, hate when the paint chips off, and have always liked the ability to actually see what it is I'm drinking through a clear container. (I'll get to some ideas for glass water storage in Part II).
So why not just switch to safer plastics? Well unfortunately it's not quite that simple. Turns out new BPA-free versions could be just as bad as the old stuff. Check out this article for more information. The best thing to do is to replace your plastic food and drink containers with materials like glass, stainless steel, and silicone. In the past week I've seen that two major plastic container companies (Ziploc and Rubbermaid) are finally getting on board with offering safer storage solutions which was great to see!
|Rubbermaid Glass with Easy Find lids|
If you're not ready to part ways with plastic food and drink containers yet (I'm still holding onto a few things myself), the best thing you can do is to NOT heat up any foods/drinks in them. Extreme temps are the main danger with food and plastics. So even if you're storing foods in plastic, be sure to always transfer them to something glass before popping them in the micro. Also, be sure to get rid of (recycle) any old, cracked, or cloudy plastics. Damaged plastic is no good for business either.
So have you broken up with plastic yet? If not, what's holding you back? If you have, what are some of your favorite alternative food/drink storage solutions?
Preview for Part II: Kid/Baby stuff...this one is tricky!