How to Get Plastic Out of Your Kitchen

Studies conducted by various researchers around the world have found that many plastic kitchenware products contain a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA), which can be harmful to your health. In addition to causing potential health problems, plastic kitchenware is also harmful to the environment because it contributes to pollution and takes up a significant amount of space in landfills. However, there are many green and healthy alternatives to plastic that can be used in your kitchen. Continue reading this article to learn more about how you can get plastic out of your kitchen, and contribute to a healthier environment and lifestyle for you and your family.


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    Replace all plastic dishware and utensils with glass, porcelain, or stainless steel dishware. If you are hesitant to replace your children's plastic dishware with glass for fear it'll become broken, purchase plastic labeled as BPA-free.
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    Replace plastic cooking utensils with those made from wood, silicone, or stainless steel. Cooking utensils made from plastic have the potential to melt, or break down slightly into your food when cooking.
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    Replace all plastic storage products with glass, ceramic, or BPA-free alternatives. Examples of common storage containers you should replace are clear plastic wrap, plastic sandwich bags, and plastic leftover containers.
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    Replace your plastic or nylon cutting boards with wood or glass cutting boards. When you slice into items on the cutting board, plastic remnants from the cutting board have the potential to enter and contaminate your food. Glass cutting boards are also a safe alternative to plastic, but can cause your knives to dull at a faster pace. Wood cutting boards are great as well but must be properly sterilized after use.
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    Install a water filter on your kitchen tap to eliminate the need for plastic water bottles. Water filters can turn your tap water into healthier water that is free of pollutants and other chemicals, and can help you save the money you normally spend on bottled water.
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    Replace plastic on-the-go water bottles with those made from glass or stainless steel. A variety of manufacturers also develop BPA-free plastic water bottles for on-the-go convenience.
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    Buy produce and foods from the grocery store that are not already stored in plastic wrappers and containers. The plastic that resides in containers and wrappers may already have contaminated your food before you purchased it.
    • Bring your own reusable grocery bags if your supermarket does not contain BPA-free plastic bags or containers for produce items. Reusable grocery bags are a green alternative that can lower the risk of your food becoming contaminated by plastic bags.
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    Replace your non-stick cookware with stainless steel or cast iron cookware. Although non-stick coating can make your cooking experience relatively easier, the chemicals present in non-stick coating have been found to cause adverse health effects. Well seasoned cast iron is a great replacement for non-stick skillets.


  • If you have difficulty ridding your kitchen entirely of all plastic products, eliminate and lower your exposure to BPA and other harmful chemicals by washing your plastic with gentle soap and water by hand, and discarding any plastic products that appear cloudy or heavily scratched.


  • Never microwave leftovers and other food in any plastic container. The microwaving process will cause BPA and other chemicals to break down significantly and contaminate your food, which can lead to negative health problems.

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Categories: Care and Use of Cooking Equipment | Kitchen Cleaning