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Food prep/storage and plastics-taking steps?

LJS | Nov 7, 2008 10:44 AM

I am lucky enough to have a 25-year-old daughter who is deeply involved in the environmental movement. Some of the time I take her advice with a grain of organically-gathered salt: I haven't stopped wearing lipstick and nail polish, yet.

But her kitchen advice has been sound and, generally, just one step ahead of the pack. I have totally greened my home cleaning routine, eliminated phosphates and banned chlorine bleach, for example.

Kate has asked for enviro-friendly storage units for Christmas so that she never has to use plastics again. Then, in this month's issue of Good Housekeeping ( a rather conservative publication on envro-issues), there is a thoughtful piece that gives the plastics industry line on BPA/bisthenal(?). Not surprising as their advertising still pays the bills at major magazines. However, the writer conludes by saying she is getting rid of her plastic cutting boards and questions whether she will use plastics in her micro-wave in the future.

What is the temperature like out there in Chowland on this issue? Is it time to convert to To-go stainless steel 'tiffns', switch to wood cutting boards only and bring out those small pyrex containers with the glass lids?

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