Plastic likely dominates your kitchen, especially if you live in a household with young children. In recent years, the industry has come to recognize that certain plastics are worse than others and has made strides in eliminating the worst offenders. But in many cases, even products labeled “BPA-free” contain replacement chemicals that can be equally damaging. Case in point: The CDC found that 95 percent of Americans over age 6 have harmful phthalates in their urine and bloodstream.
The Simple Switch
Start by replacing plastic wrap and disposable baggies with cloth or fabric and storing food in glass containers rather than plastic ones. Stop buying water and other beverages packaged in plastic, and invest instead in a stainless-steel bottle for each member of the family to keep on hand. At the grocery store, bring your own produce bags and look out for the bulk bins. It's important to start somewhere and work on your quest toward a more sustainable home over time.
The key to going green is to view your choices as an evolution rather than a transformation. By making these small changes to your daily habits and buying choices, you can go a long way toward improving the health and well-being of your family and you.