By now we all know about the dangers of BPA, the synthetic estrogen that’s linked to a host of serious diseases, including breast cancer. And these days, it’s fairly easy to find BPA-free plastics, from baby bottles to food storage. But thanks to this recent article in Mother Jones, we’re now wondering if any plastic is truly safe.
Sounds like it’s time to take matters into our own hands, right? While it’s nearly impossible to avoid plastics altogether, it is fairly easy to minimize exposure. One of the easiest ways to cut back on plastic is to switch to glass food storage.
Now we know what you may be thinking: it’s an expensive proposition to go out and buy all-new glass food storage. But if you think about it, glass containers will last you a lifetime, so they’re pretty much a one-time investment. Plus, if you’re creative enough, you can find a wide variety of glass storage on the cheap. One of our favorites? Extra-large Mason jars. In fact, we only use glass jars for our juice cleanses.
To inspire you to toss the plastic, here are our top reasons why we love glass:
Keeps food safe
You don’t even have to worry about possible exposure to petrochemicals or synthetic hormones
Glass storage containers are aesthetically pleasing to look at, whether they’re neatly stacked in the pantry holding dry goods or in the fridge filled with leftovers
Makes less of a mess
If you get freezer-safe, oven-proof glass storage, you can go from fridge to oven to table with less mess and clean up, a culinary win.
Prevents stains and odors
The hard, glossy surface of glass repels food odors and residual flavors, which also helps keep food fresher, longer.
Pops into dishwasher
Glass can withstand high temperatures, so it doesn’t melt or breakdown in the dishwasher like plastic.
Is inherently green
Using glass reduces landfill and saves energy on plastics recycling.
Have we convinced you to make the switch? It’s such an easy change to make, especially when the benefits far outweigh the risks. And when it comes to your health, there’s no better time to stop procrastinating than the present.