It’s Plastic Free July, and I'm challenging myself to find alternatives to single use plastic for an entire month - and to write a daily blog on the most interesting parts of the experience. I started my challenge today by looking at how I store my food.
Many of my meals at home come out of single use plastic containers, as I eat a lot of leftovers. Despite me never buying single use plastic containers, I have nearly thirty of them in my house - all given to me by restaurants or other people.
I wash and reuse them until they fall apart, but it’s far from ideal because these containers:
Never fully break down
Add toxic phthalates to my meals
Need regular replacing
I have also included my coloured reusable containers, because they also contain phthalates. (Apparently, coloured plastics are even worse!)
I wanted to start my challenge by looking for alternative containers, because it’s incredibly disturbing that instead of healing my body when I eat, I’m damaging it.
I’m going to find stainless steel or glass containers, and take them to restaurants instead. Then I’ll repurpose these plastic containers for non-food use, so that they don’t end up in our environment causing suffering to marine life.
How do you store your food without plastic? Let me know in the comments!
Inspired? Start your own challenge here!