We are more aware than ever that how we save and store our food is just as important as our food’s sourcing and preparation. I used to cringe in disappointment after buying my ingredients at the local farmers market and consciously preparing the meal, to then put the leftovers in dubious plastic containers for the next day’s lunch. Given all of the confusion around plastics and toxic plastics, it's not the ideal vessel of choice for your nourishment. (If you've turned over a plastic container you'll typically find numbers. Numbers 2, 4, 5 are considered safer). Luckily, It’s easy (and not too expensive) to green some of the modern kitchen’s food storage staples.
1. Credo Produce Bag - We are all well-versed by now on the dangers of plastic bags (Props to the city of San Francisco for banning plastic bags in grocery stores). The plastic produce bags that we use before we even check-out at the register are also suspect. The Credo Produce Bags, which are made from 100% organic cotton mesh and specifically designed to hold fruits and veggies, are the eco-conscious solution to reduce and reuse bags for your produce. Bringing your own produce bags is a great way to ingratiate yourself with the farmers at the farmers market too! $19.95 for pack of four.
2. These glass containers from the Container Store are perfect for storing food in your fridge or freezer. They are also a great storage option for any kitchen staples that you are buying in bulk from quinoa, to nuts, to dried fruit. Starting at $4.99 each
3. PB Green Bags - Former elementary school teacher and current stay-at-home Paige Baran saw a lot of plastic waste at lunch time. She identified an opportunity to make it easy for parents to help green their kids lunches through her chic, PB Green reusable bags. PB Bags are made from a BPA-free, machine washable fabric. From Bob the Builder to Happy Hippos, to Hummingbirds, you can find the perfect lunch box set for little kids and grown-ups too. Bags at $6.50, Lunch sets at $20
This post was written by Colleen Wachob