For most families, food is a central part of our Christmas and New Year celebration. So why not be prepared to skirt unwanted chemicals with your Holiday meals? Who knows – you might get to show off some of the non-toxic ninja skills you've learned from us 🙂
- Buy fresh produce and broths, soups, etc in Tetra Pak (cardboard “brick” cartons are made of safer layers of paper, aluminum and polyethylene (#2) and are also recyclable). You'll effectively remove the risk of BPA in epoxy linings of aluminum cans, glass jar lids and the bottom of some frozen cardboard boxes.
- Skip meat and cheese blocks wrapped in clingy plastic wrap – it's often made from PVC (even in health food stores). Opt for cheese in packages with Ziploc-style closures, and plastic packages that have been heat-sealed, because most of these bags are made from polyethylene. And ask your butcher to wrap your meat in paper. Keep in mind that we're talking about commercial plastic wrap, not Cling Wrap or Saran Wrap made for home use.
- Use glass, stainless steel, silicone, wood or BPA-free plastic dishes and storage containers for meals and leftovers
- Microwave leftovers in glass or silicone instead of plastic
- Don't reuse PET (#1) plastic food containers or cook/heat food in them – even if recommended by the manufacturer.
- Look for non-recycled cardboard boxes when ordering takeout meals like pizza, as they are less likely to contain BPA.
- Skipping polystyrene and Styrofoam containers (#6) is unavoidable at most restaurants, so bring your own reusable to-go container for leftovers.
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