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How to Pack It: Your Lunch and Plastics

There are plenty of reasons to avoid using so much plastic, both environmental and health wise. For instance, marine researchers have shown that plastic debris outweighs zooplankton in remote parts of the Pacific. Health wise, phthalates, a chemical added to normally rigid PVC to make soft products, are potential hormone disruptors and may increase infertility in men.

When it comes to packing lunch, most of us use plastic wrap, plastic baggies, and/or plastic containers to transport our food. First off we should all be packing our food in reusable containers to avoid adding excess plastic to landfills. I like to use pyrex containers since they are glass and microwaveable, but let's face it that is just impractical for little kids. Pyrex is too heavy, plus it's breakable. When shopping for reusable food containers, avoid plastics with the following number inside the recycling symbol: #3 (PVC), #6 (Polystyrene), and #7 (Polycarbonate). These chemicals are no good for our bodies or the planet!

Ideal Bite has some great suggestions for non-plastic food containers if you brown bag your lunch.


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EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I saw those from featured in yoga journal and bought two of them, they are really nice!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i use the pyrex ones too that are glass with a lid on them...come in different sizes so i use them for baking in and then just pop on a cover and the food is already in its storage container.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I like those Pyrex Portables with the lids that come with them. I can pack my food in them and pop them in the mic with no worries.
aanyanka aanyanka 9 years
I purchased a lunch kit at (®-lunch-stainless-steel-carrier-with-bamboo-utensil-p-801.html) a couple of months ago. It contains a stainless steel lunch carrier and a set of bamboo utensils (I believe its the same set lovekailua mentioned above). I love this lunch kit and feel so much better about not needing plastic containers to bring my lunch to work.
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
also, i got this to go ware set of utensils at a conference and they are awesome! google, to go ware and you'll get the website. i can now at least refuse plastic forks and stuff when i eat out and it is bamboo chopsticks with a fork, knife and spoon. definitely helps lessen our plastic consumption!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
Also, low progesterone can cause a whole lot of other problems by itself, not just infertility.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
Oh wow, thanks for posting this. I had just recently came upon this information while doing some research myself, and I read that plastics can cause this hormone disruption, and lead to infertility. My research, though, fell upon the fact that we should not be drinking out of plastics. Once I thought about it, I almost always have drank out of plastic (2 liter bottles, plastic bottles of water, sodas, plastic cups, etc.). Something gets in the water from the plastic, and mimics estrogen, so your body does not produce estrogen as it should because the brain already thinks you have enough. This, in turn, causes your brain to not produce progesterone as it should, and low progesterone is a VERY common cause for infertility. I know I have low progesterone myself and I can upon this info. very quickly during my research. I am now drinking in glass containers, I hope over time this will make a difference for me!
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