Greener and healthier food containers.

5 07 2011

So,  you cook at home, and you bring your meals to work instead of buying fast food. Great! Can you do anything else to reduce your footprint? Well, yes, you can! And that involves what kind of container you choose to bring to work, which also could be having an impact on your health!
For example,  you prepare a sandwich and you use Saran wrap, which you promptly discard after you eat your sandwich. Or maybe you chose a ziplock bag which you got rid of right after! While those might seem practical solutions, there is still the disposable factor. You could maybe use a plastic container to bring your food to work, then you go home, wash it and it is ready to be reused. That seems like a good solution to me!

The main problem with plastic containers is if you are going to warm them up in the microwave with your food. Plastic containers might contain BPA (BisPhenol A), a potential hormonal disruptor used to make plastics. As you warm up your container in the microwave the BPA might leach out into your food, which you will be ingesting in a couple of minutes. This is also why you should avoid putting plastics in the dishwasher machine!

resin identification symbolsSo, how do you know if your plastic has BPA? It might be stated in the description of the product that is does not have BPA. Ever since Canada got rid of BPA in baby things in 2010 it has been a big deal, you will even find signs of “BPA free” in things that have never had BPA int he first place, as glass and metal containers! But not all products state that they have or not BPA. If you look at the recyclable sign and it has a number seven, then the product *might* have BPA, however, if it says it does not, that is OK, not all category seven contain BPA.

Even when your container was not made with BPA (which is not always stated) there are other chemicals that leach from plastic when they are heated, and you might not want to eat them! So you can place your food in a porcelain plate before warming it up, you will be at ease that nothing will be leaching into your food.

Also, make sure to let your food cool down before putting it in plastic containers for storage, or pass it to glass bowls. You do not want any chemicals leaching into your healthy made meals!

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