Let me tell you a quick story about a girl who liked convenience in the kitchen. She had plastic everywhere. She stored all her food in plastic, heated the food in those containers, took lunch to work in those containers. Plastic is everywhere and so she never gave it a thought.
Why would you want to ditch the plastic, anyway? Plastic is convenient; it’s not heavy, it’s cheap, and it can be thrown away.
My kitchen used to be all plastic containers. Until I started reading more and more about the dangers of plastic, and how inconvenient to our planet plastic really is.
Let’s compare plastic and glass
At exception of a small part of the plastic that gets incinerated (releasing toxic fumes into the air), every plastic ever created is still out there. Experts don’t even know how many hundreds of years it would take to decompose. Most of the plastics don’t get recycled because one of their convenience selling point is that they travel well and can be thrown away. This means they travel outside of one’s home never making it back to the recycling bin. Plastic is made from petroleum, and petroleum derivatives; every time plastic gets manufactured new resources are used, and as a byproduct toxic waste is released, polluting the air and waterways. Sure, plastic can be recycled, but each time plastic is “downcycled”; plastic loses it’s integrity and quality, becoming something else that eventually won’t be able to be recycled or reused. Also, and most concerning to me, plastic contains toxic chemicals, like BPA among others, that can leach into your food.
Glass on the other hand will never lose its integrity, it can be recycled time after time and will always go back to being raw material to form new glass. Most glass out there is in fact at least 25% recycled glass, some as much as 100%. Glass is inert material, meaning it won’t react chemically with anything else. This is why glass is a good option when heating food, nothing will permeate or leach, as opposed to plastic which does both each time we heat something in plastic.
No brainer, right?
Here are 10 reason to switch from plastic to glass in kitchen
- Glass is free of toxic chemicals and won’t leach into your food
- Glass is dishwasher safe; plastic on the other hand degrades each time it’s washed and heated
- Glass preserves the quality and flavor of the food
- Glass won’t absorb smells or stains like plastic does
- Glass is actually a lot more economical, even if plastic is cheap, plastic will eventually break down but plastic can last a life time
- Glass is multipurpose; besides storing food, glass can be used to cook, bake, heat, and freeze foods safely
- Glass is 100% recyclable, it will always be raw material for more glass
- Glass production is less taxing on the environment (less pollution, less use of natural resources)
- Glass is perfect for storing anything; from leftovers, to dry bulk items, to fermented drinks
- Glass is way better looking than plastic. Glass jars and containers are all the rage now, and with good reason!
My current favorite food storage glass containers: Frego
I came across Frego, and this fairly this new concept (company was launched in 2012), while searching on Amazon for more glass containers. There was something that really caught my eye. They come in a FDA approved silicone sleeve. Why do I think this is a great feature:
- Container can be placed in the oven or microwave and it won’t burn your hands
- Silicone is easy to grip, no slips
- If dropped, glass won’t break
- The double sealed lid will prevent any spills and keep food fresh
- It can be the perfect container for traveling with food, like packing a lunch or for a picnic
- You can write on the sleeve with a sharpie your kids’ names or even a cute note
I don’t know you, but I think the silicone sleeve is genius! As much as I am in love with glass for it’s safety and durability, it’s not great for carrying because it could break, specially if you send it to school with your kids, or if you are reheating your lunch at the office’s microwave the glass get pipping hot. That is why I was really excited about getting even more use out of my glass containers.
Some of the things I really like about my Frego now that I have been using them for a few weeks is that every part of my Frego containers is BPA, PVC, lead, and polystyrene free; I know my food is safe. Every part of Frego is dishwasher safe; top or bottom rack. Lastly, I feel good about traveling with them, no spills or worrying about them breaking. It’s become the perfect container for our lunches now that the weather is nice and we are hitting the parks more often.
Are you ready to make the switch!?
This post was proudly sponsored by Frego. A sponsored posts means I got compensated via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”