Day 65 / 365 … only 300 more posts to go!
The guestpost Elizabeth did at the start of this kitchen focused theme got us started on how to store our food properly to make it last longer and avoid impacting the environment. This link she shared from Kitchn about how to store your produce to elongate its life is super informative and worth a read (click here)
I’m going to jump right into this story because it is a long one and important one to understand. Especially if you’re someone who cooks for many, stores their food, works outside of the home, or sends their kids to school with packed lunches or packed snacks for the park.
These are one of the worst guys in your
kitchen roster as it’s all made of plastic and plastic is the worst.
of crude oil for the manufacture of plastic products takes its toll on the
soil, water and air of our planet, polluting it in just about every way
possible. Plastic wrap is made form polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) and/or
polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is produced with the use of crude oil
(petroleum .. like the stuff you put in your car).
poisonous during production, use and incineration, they also cause huge harms to the environment. (read more here)
create cling film manufactures need to add softening chemicals called phthalates,
(the same thing they put in your soaps, water bottles and detergents), which
are known to cause hormonal disruption and developmental problems in both adults
and end up in the landfill or incinerator. In the landfill the toxins from the plastics
leach into the soil and water disrupting the ecosystem and wildlife. When
burnt, poisonous gases are released into the air.
Parchment paper has been used for centuries and thus it can
be made from natural materials. The main material used in this paper is wood pulp, which for
the most part comes from sustainable and renewable forests; however, cutting down and processing trees does come at cost to the environment as trees take hundreds of years to regrow, and significant water and energy is used in paper
production. To top it off, the processed paper which is eventually going to make its way to your kitchen is then chlorine bleached, which causes harm to the environment
and your health, as does the paraffin wax which is added to it.
instead of paraffin and don’t bleach their paper significantly reduces the
impact your wax paper makes.
well, so it won’t live a long life in the landfill and can break down in under 90 days in your backyard compost.
wax, fsc certified and chlorine free)
From wrapping up leftovers to
sandwich covers, aluminium foil is a versatile part of our lives.
made from virgin materials which have a devastating impact on the environment.
The raw material which creates aluminium is bauxite ore
which is mined through open mining practices which are amongst the most harmful
practices for the environment and humanity as a whole. Once the raw materials have been mined, a shit
ton of additional fossil fuels are used in the transport and ore refinement. Then comes
the production side, which like most things eats up energy and water.
it takes decades to degrade. It is said that foil lives at least 400 years
before breaking down. Yup, that bit of shiny paper you used to cover tonight’s lasagne will outlive even your great grand children. Even if it ends up in the incinerator, the toxic metals and gasses it is made up of are released into the atmosphere.
I’ve written about plastic
numerous times on this blog, the environmental effects of its production does
horrific things to the environment and wildlife and it doesn’t really matter
what type of plastic you’re using, even the recycled stuff hurts us.
types of plastic, only three of which (to date) have been proven to contain
chemicals that leach into your food and cause cancers. If you
must use plastic food storage (which I don’t recommend) you should check the
bottom of the container to make sure the number 2, 4, or 5 are listed. If
another number is there, then it contains BPAs or other harmful chemicals which will cause you and your
children a hole host of health pains (read more about them here).
hell on the environment and your health, they’re not even easy to recycle. First of all, because each type
of plastic requires a different type of recycling not all recycling centres even take all plastics. Second, even if it makes it to the
recycling, the recycling process itself releases toxins and chemicals into the
air. Third, it never biodegrades. It just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces
and finds itself in the stomachs of wildlife and fish slowly suffocating them
to death and causing huge issues with our biosphere.
earth already. In fact we have 5 gyres of it in our oceans. We don’t need new plastic
to be produced.
with our dollar. Each time you find yourself with an item made of
plastic in your hand, remind yourself it will outlive you and your
grandchildren and your grandchildren’s grandchildren and then their children
to. And then decide if you’d like your offspring to live in a world drowning in plastic’s and toxicities, and if not, put the damn thing down and walk away.
you to choose from otherwise, so make a smarter choice. If you can read this,
you can do it!