Is plastic really dishwasher- and microwave-safe?
The EWG warns against reusing single-use plastics too, like water bottles or containers labeled #7 or #3 on the bottom. This classification system from the Plastics Industry, called the Resin Identification Code, describes the kind of plastic resin the product is made out of and which ones are safe to reuse. The type of plastic in water bottles is especially noxious because it can break down and release chemicals when used repeatedly or if left in a hot car.
According to Formuzis, although reusing objects is considered environmentally correct, in the case of plastic food and beverage containers, recycling is a better choice. If you want to reuse a container, he suggests buying a stainless steel water bottle without chemicals in the underlining so there is no risk of leaching. Glass food containers are also widely available.
There are many alternatives to using plastics for food storage today. To reduce your or your family’s exposure to potential risks associated with plastic storage, check out the website Life withouth Plastic. Another food storage group often ignored is plastic bags. They have some of the same problems as containers.
If you want some ideas for storing your produce safely, watch this clever YouTube video about an enterprising woman in Northern California who makes five reusable bags from one t-shirt, calling them “baygs.”
To your Health!