Healthy Living Small Step #3: Ditch the Tupperware


 

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series here.

If I were to say, “The next step to healthy living is to ditch all the plastic you have in your kitchen,” my guess is you’d scoff a bit and click over to a different site that is a bit more realistic.

We’re only asking you take small steps here, right?

That is why we are focusing on tupperware containers. There are a few reasons I made the switch from plastic to glass, specifically with my tupperware. My two primary reasons for switching are these:

  • When plastic is exposed to heat (or warm foods), chemicals leach into your food. Since tupperware is where I dump my leftovers, I don’t want to worry about that.
  • Glass is much more durable and worth your money over the long run. Not to mention, much better for the environment.

I have a combination of pyrex dishes and Mighty Nest Dishes. I like them both but seem to prefer my Might Nest Dishes a tad more. Yes, I still have some plastic tupperware but I primarily use those when my other glass dishes are occupied.

If you’re just wanting to start slow, my personal recommendation would be the Round True Seal Dishes. I have these and use them ALL THE TIME. Mighty Nest food storage containers. Great start for switching from plastic to glass.

Another dish I have found myself using regularly is the rectangular glass baking dish. This would be another one to have in your pantry. Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 9.01.12 PM

I’ll be honest. I’m still in the process of moving away from plastic in other areas of my home. I recently bought my first glass water bottle and bought stainless steel kids utensils. I still have lots of other areas that need updating but I’m just taking baby steps. It isn’t cheap to move away from plastic either. However, I think that long-term I will be really glad we moved this direction.

NEXT UP: Small Step #4: Sneak in Exercise

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Comments

  1. Tara says

    I made the switch 5-6 years ago. Love the Snapback glass lid sets from Costco. A great variety of sizes and they nest nicely in the cupboard. Love pyrex too. I sorted out and recycled most of my plastic/tupperware. I do have a dwindling supply at the back of a low cupboard that I pull out and use for sending home leftovers from parties/holiday gatherings. I make it clear I don’t want them back. LOL

  2. Rachel says

    Way to go, Tara! Thanks for the tip about Costco ones.

    • Tara says

      I just noticed autocorrect “incorrected” my comment. They are SnapLock containers at Costco, not snapback. 🙂

  3. Sheryl Brock says

    We started switching to glass storage containers a few years ago as well and I’m so glad we did for many reasons. I really appreciated this post and it got me thinking about all the plastic our little ones are putting in their mouths (pacifiers, sippys, spoons, etc.). Do you all have any thoughts or recommendations for kids products?

    • Polly says

      I’ve been going through the same thing, Sheryl. I’d recommend looking at Mighty Nest for alternatives. A lot of times you can look and see what is on their website and then find it on Amazon for cheaper. 🙂

      • Sheryl Brock says

        Thanks! That’s very helpful. 🙂

  4. Kim says

    So what about using plastic for cool/cold leftovers or dry goods?

    • Rachel says

      I don’t think that’s a huge deal. It’s when they get hot that they leach. But, you do have to make sure they don’t get scratched and to only wash is cold or warm water, because that also allows for leaching. Honestly, I still use plastics some for things like you mentioned but I’d like to one day use all glass.

  5. Becky says

    Our family switched to glass a few years ago. It was my 85 yr Father who wanted to make the switch. We use mason jars and other jars as well. By the way I LOVE your Blog. It’s one of the highlights of my day, being able to sit and read your blog… Keep up the AWESOME BLOG.

    • Polly says

      I use a lot of mason jars as well. So glad to have you as a reader!

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