It wasn’t until my first daughter was born that I began to question the safety of plastics. Like most of my peers, I grew up with the 1980s-styled orange, yellow and avocado green plastic Tupperware.
Surely these weren’t dangerous?
But when I became a mother, I began questioning every single choice that I made for my daughter. And using plastics was one of them.
Now don’t get me wrong: If you opened my kitchen cabinets today, you would see that my family still does use some plastic, but we are doing so more sparingly as we slowly make the transition to glass storage containers.
Check out these 5 reasons why we’re making the switch to glass storage containers:
1. Glass containers are safer.
This has been my #1 motivator in making the switch to glass storage containers! I want my daughters to grow up in a safe, healthy home.
I do not advocate for regular use of a microwave to warm food (we prefer a toaster oven ourselves!), but I know that most of us do, at least occasionally, use them. Using glass storage containers to warm food in the microwave is especially important, as plastics are more likely to leach chemicals when they are warmed.
2. Glass storage containers best retain food’s natural flavors.
Have you ever warmed up food in a plastic storage container and then felt the food tasted, well, like plastic? Yeah–I’ve been there, too. With glass, there is nothing to leach into the food, so it retains the natural flavors!
3. Glass storage containers hold up better in the long run.
Sure, glass storage containers do break more easily if you drop them on the ground, so they do require more care, but if you do not drop them they actually hold up much better in the long-run!
I have noticed when I freeze crock pot pasta sauce in plastic, it will leave a red residue that won’t easily (or ever) wash off. This doesn’t happen when I store food in glass storage containers.
4. Glass storage containers are better for the environment.
Yes, plastic can be recycled, but it is each time it is recycled it loses more of it’s quality. Not so with glass; recycled glass is good as new!
5. Glass storage containers save you money over time.
Yes, converting to glass storage containers is an up front investment, but over time using glass storage containers–instead of buying and re-buying plastic baggies and the like–will save you money. Wash, rinse and re-use!
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Have you made the switch to glass storage containers? If not, what is holding you back?
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