Using Plastic to Store Food? Here’s Why You Shouldn't
You’re probably wondering why you shouldn’t use plastic for food storage. After all, the food product comes in a plastic container. Is it really wrong to use it again? Or could there be some danger lurking in that seemingly harmless container you have tucked away in the cupboard?
Plastic once had a lot of promise. It was cheap, lightweight and unbreakable. The look of it and the way it felt under your fingertips was enough to cause most people to say, "Ooh!" But, what seemed like an instant solution to our storage problems has created a new set of problems over time, both for you and for our environment.
Why storing food in plastic is bad
The dangers of storing food in plastic containers have been widely discussed. We’ve all heard about how BPA and phthalates leach from plastic containers into food, and how these toxins are linked to a variety of health problems, from reproductive issues to diabetes and obesity.
Toxins aside, plastic containers are also terrible for food. Plastic is a porous material that readily absorbs the smells of its surroundings, so if you’re using plastic food storage containers that once held garlic or onion or fish, you may be transferring those scents to your next meal.
Packing your lunch in plastic might make it more convenient, but it isn't worth risking your health. Try a reusable lunch bag or The Better Home’s greaseproof paper to carry sandwiches and wraps.
Are plastic water bottles safe?
Plastic water bottles contain a type of plastic called PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is less stable than other types. PET water bottles are typically clear and have a plastic smell, and they may release harmful chemicals into liquids over time.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a harmful chemical found in many plastics that has been linked to serious health problems. BPA can leak out of the bottle and into the liquid stored inside. It has been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and heart disease in adults. In addition, this chemical is particularly dangerous for infants and children as it can be absorbed into their bloodstream, potentially disrupting the endocrine system and leading to developmental problems later in life.
If you want to get rid of plastic water bottles, it is necessary to find an environmentally friendly alternative. You can switch to glass or copper bottles. Our range of stainless-steel bottles also make for a safe and eco-friendly alternative.