Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge Tip 4: Tackle Your Plastic Container Collection

Published on Tue Mar 27 20:04:00 UTC 2012
Kerri-Ann Jennings

Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge Tip 4: Tackle Your Plastic Container Collection

Toxins get into our bodies through more than just food. We are exposed to them through our carpets, lawn chemicals—even our clothing. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you detox your kitchen and your diet.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 4: Tackle Your Plastic Container Collection

Many plastic containers contain BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor, which could be linked to prostate and breast cancer, infertility, heart disease and diabetes. Set aside containers marked with recycling code “7” and not labeled BPA-free and retire them from food-storage duty. And when it’s time to clean them, take the time to hand-wash any plastic food-storage containers. A 2003 study found that plastic bottles released more BPA after they were cleaned in the dishwasher. (Find out 9 green must-have items for your kitchen.)

More tips to say bye-bye to BPA:

For more Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge tips, visit the Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge landing page.

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