After reading this book, Mr. F. and I finally girded our loins and tossed out a majority of our tupperware. Although we knew that reheating our leftovers in plastic containers was a Bad Idea, that didn’t stop us from doing it. What else were we to transport our lunch in?
We have since invested in some glass containers. Sure, they are a bit more cumbersome to transport but.......Oh My Goodness, people! These containers are awesome! You know how food can be really hard to clean from plastic containers-like melted cheese that has somehow fused with the plastic? Not really an issue with glass containers which makes them so much easier to clean. And from an aesthetic point of view--they look nicer, and they stay nicer for longer. Eventually, I would like to replace all of our plastic containers, not just the ones in which we store our leftovers.
this article. Doesn’t the fact that “public health officials have ‘grossly underestimated’ the role environmental contaminants may be playing in the 1.5 million Americans who are diagnosed with cancer each year” strike you as being severely incompetent and negligent? I also find it really disturbing that infants born today are “pre-polluted” due to the level of chemical contaminants found in their cord blood.
I think what bothers me the most about this topic is that there is little that I can do to prevent myself from becoming polluted and thus Baby F. Sure, I can stop microwaving my plastic, but I can’t stop companies from dousing everything I own in flame retardants. Also, even fairly simple steps like “eating organic” is difficult when you live in rural America, and your options are a bag of apples that have been in storage for a couple of years.
So, what do you guys think? Have you made some steps toward de-polluting your environment that you can share?