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10 reasons to ditch plastic food storage

In June IKEA revealed that it would stop selling all single use plastic products by 2020. Starbucks then announced plans to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 – saving over 1 billion straws globally every year. It seems the plastic free movement really is taking off. Here in Australia this month the major supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, have banned single use plastic bags. A welcomed move given that Australians throw away over 7,000 every minute. That’s over 400,000 plastic bags every hour and over 10 million every day!

I’m hopeful these changes by big companies will get us all thinking more about ditching plastic. That’s why I’m talking here about eliminating plastic food storage….

10 reasons to ditch plastic food storageFor a couple of years now plastic storage has been a thing of the past in my kitchen. My move to glass was driven by ten big reasons. I recently shared these when writing for a local health business that I’ve been working with. It’s a business that, like me, believes in investing in your health today to prevent disease tomorrow.

I’m sharing the post here – if it prompts even one reader to reconsider their attachment to plastic I’ll be happy:

Protect Your Health – Choose Glass & Ditch Plastic:10 reasons to banish your life of plastic food storage

10 reasons to ditch plastic food storage


22 thoughts on “10 reasons to ditch plastic food storage

  1. I think this is all wonderful progress. When I was in a little shop in New Zealand, I found some interesting food wrappers that look like fabric, and are washable. They supposedly last about a year, and they’re not expensive. Are you familiar with these? Works just as well as a plastic bag.

  2. Hello Laura, I love your post. Nowadays, everything is just full of plastics… Every time I go to store, I am thinking how everything is just wrapped in plastic. I told myself months ago that I will try to buy things without plastic and you know what – almost impossible in area where we live!!!! Incredible and sad together. And I agree… I have chosen different types of containers than plastic ones. Very nice post! 🙂

  3. I don’t drive, so I need to carry bags around, just in case I’ve forgotten a bottle of milk or a dozen eggs.. Cloth bags so I can wash them.. I believe that if you’re going to take away something people find convenient, you need to replace it. I don’t think that more plastic is the answer. You can’t clean them. Truly one use bags. I find it interesting that having rid us of the free plastic, Coles offers one free miniature plastic toy to children of parents who spend thirty dollars. In store. There’s Macca’s too, bringing out plastic figurines free with happy meals. There you go, Laura. There’s my rant.

    • Hi Mary – happy to hear our rant and I hear you on the plastic toys too! And yes more plastic isn’t the answer….but I’m optimistic that this hangs by the supermarkets will see more people like you switching to cloth bags – I think consumers will start to feel plastic bag use on their conscious much more than before!

  4. A good share Vero where I live plastic is king I do believe that companies and manufacturers need to be more responsible. All these ideas are great and we can do our bit but the plastic keeps coming. Governments need to address this as a serious problem and work through taxes that would get the corporate mind focussed.

  5. I’ve started switching over, bit by bit. Some of the commenters mentioned how hard it is to buy w/o plastic – here it’s plastic & styrofoam. And I love shopping at Aldi, but even most of their veggies come wrapped in plastic.But every bit of effort helps!

    • Hi Mollie glad you’re making the switch and yes I hear you on Aldi – it’s the same here too….I’m sure more change is on the horizon 😊

  6. This is so important! Most cities in my area have banned plastic shopping bags so I’ve finally gotten into the habit of keeping reusable grocery totes in the car. Straws are the next big push and I hope that other packaging will come next! Every bit helps. Thanks for the lovely post.

    • Thanks so much and it does sound like we’re playing catch up on the plastic bag front here in Australia. And couldn’t agree more – every bit of plastic avoided is one less bit that ends up in landfill or the ocean!

  7. hi Laura
    I read somehwere that plastic bags are most often used only once! A horrible waste of resources and terrible for the enviroment. Great poast and I am working on reducing the use of plastic as much as possible to hope to over time go plastic free.

  8. I’ve been recycling plastic bags (they seem inevitable here) for bathroom waste trash collection, and for kitty box scoopings.

    I would love to store more things in the fridge without plastic — I try to use clear ones I get unavoidably along with shopping – fabric storage in the fridge for me alas means out of sight, out of mind… then, mold. I have moved to glass when I was bringing my lunch to work, to microwave in, and have moved much of my cabinet storage to glass — but too bulky for general leftover fridge use.

    As for straws out at restaurants, I don’t open them for my ice tea or water — I haven’t yet gotten my brain working far enough ahead to request NO straws prior to placing the order. That should be a next step.

    Thanks for posting!

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts – it sounds like you’ve made plenty of progress away from plastic – and Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say!

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