One easy way to reduce your environmental impact at home is rethinking the way you store food. Many consumers buy food in extremely environmentally unfriendly, single-serve packaging, and then throw that packaging away. By choosing to store food in a different, more eco-friendly way, you can reduce your environmental impact and help break our country’s addiction to individually wrapped everything.
Here are a few quick tips to help get you started.
Glass, glass, glass
Glass is an easily accessible, eco-friendly storage option when it comes to storing food at home. While glass containers may be a little more expensive than plastic, they are nontoxic, recyclable, and extremely long-lasting. Glass containers can easily be reused for storing a variety of foods and other household items. Not only does glass keep food fresher, but it helps green waste recycling. Using glass also lessens the amount of energy used to make plastic. Glass containers are a solid investment because you won’t have to replace them frequently and if you happen to break one, you can easily recycle it without feeling guilty.
Plastic definitely should not be your first choice for food storage, but there are some plastic containers, like the ones made from recycled polypropylene, that are easily reusable. These containers are recyclable, dishwasher safe, and BPA free. It’s important to only use BPA free containers — otherwise, you’ll be putting yourself and your family at risk of being exposed to harmful chemicals. These containers can be made using materials found at plastic recycling programs or centers, which 60% of us, or 148 million Americans, have access to. This is a great way to turn old plastic products into new, better products.
Reduce Foil Usage
Aluminum foil is one product you should be wary of, surprisingly. The production of aluminum leaves behind tons of nasty chemicals, polluting both surface and underground water supplies. Additionally, the energy costs to produce the material are substantial. Fortunately, there are recycled foil options that you can use and still feel good about.
Additional environmentally-friendly food storage options can include:
- Silicon containers
- Pyrex containers
- Natural parchment paper
- Stainless steel latch containers
With a little time and effort, you can easily transform your food storage process into an environmentally-friendly one. You probably already have plenty of containers and storage options around the house, you just haven’t thought of using them yet.