In fact, going green can start from your kitchen. If you spare a few minutes of your time examining your kitchen apparels, you will find that you have so many plastic container. Inside your fridge could be yoghurt containers, milk jugs, meat wrapped in plastic. You might also find your pasta stored in clear plastic containers or the dog food in another plastic bottle. With the so many plastic containers used, how do you go green exactly?
What is more hip than to go green these days? As the earth is suffering from the global warming, more and more people are getting concerned in avoiding their participation in piling up the unrecyclable goods in the landfills. So yes, it is more than just being hip and green. It is a need that has to be addressed quickly.
First of all, you have to realize that plastic is recyclable. It might not be easy to recycle, but that is the job of the recycling company to worry about. However, not all of these plastic containers are accepted by the recycling companies.
Plastic users like us should realize that there are different kinds of plastics used as materials in different kinds of goods, including plastic containers. These types of plastics are distinguished and marked by a number that is normally printed at the bottom of the containers. The number represents the plastic resin identification code.
Learn about the different resin codes and remember which are safe for storing food products and which are not.
Below are some suggestions on how you can better treat your plastic containers so that they are safe to use for you and the family.
1. When you have to purchase a plastic container, go with high-quality food storage containers. These will last for years and that is a reason enough not to fill the landfill with one-time use things only.
2. Fatty foods like meat and cheese, especially when hot, should not be stored in plastic container or plastic wrap. These types of food are likely to help the transfer of plastic toxins.
3. Use a nonabrasive soap when washing reusable plastic containers. And do it with your hands. Dishwashers and other detergents can scratch plastic, which can encourage bacteria to stay.
4. Don't microwave foods in one-time use plastic containers like yogurt tubes or take-out bowls. They can melt or warp and can possibly transfer harmful chemicals into the food.
5. Also to be safe, don't use microwave-safe plastic containers in the microwave. The microwavable label means that the plastic doesn't melt or fall apart when used in the microwave. But it does not guarantee that it doesn't leach chemicals into the foods.
6. Get rid of your old plastic containers. Especially when you see that they are badly scratched, it is one obvious indication that you should stop using it to store food. However, you can still use the container to store non-food items.