Change the World Wednesday – 11th July

The offending mouse

I used a whole paper towel!

As explained in the post on CTWW 27th Jun

This week I have been lazy, no Monday Moaning, not that I didn’t have anything to moan about  just didn’t get round to it. Yesterday slipped by and disappeared under the floorboards, one of those split work days when nothing really gets done, although I did blog a little.

I’m running a bit behind today, had to go and pay the rent, got my hair cut and bought a new mouse. It bugged me that I couldn’t find a mouse without plastic security wrapping. There was more plastic in the wrapping than in the mouse itself.

This week’s challenge:

This week refuse to use plastic wrap (aka cling film, cling wrap, glad wrap, etc). Instead, choose Eco-friendly, safe ways to store food. And, as always, we’d like to hear all about your efforts.

Or …

If you’ve already banned plastic wrap from your life, please review your food storage methods to see if there’s any room for improvement. For example, if you’re reusing plastic containers to store food consider glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers instead (old plastic containers may leach harmful toxins into your food). If you use aluminum foil to cover your food, consider covering food with an inverted plate, a lid from a casserole or pan, etc. And, please tell us about your efforts.

I win!

Part I: I don’t have cling wrap or plastic film in the house. Ergo, I don’t use it.

Part II: My food is stored in recycled margarine containers, although I do have a couple of larger plastic containers for bulkier or lots of stuff. My juice jug is also plastic, but it was bought at a time when economy was essential and I didn’t have the funds available for a glass one which I would obviously prefer.

Other storage is already in recycled glass jars and bottles.

BBQ trout from: sharon moore recipes

I do not use aluminium foil for storage, but it does a wonderful whole fish on the BBQ.

I use plates to cover any food that needs it in the fridge.

Click on the image for the credit and a great recipe.

So that wraps it up for this week, now I need more coffee.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on July 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I’m glad that you’re moving towards glass food containers. Those plastic margarine containers are “iffy” … I’ve read that as they get older, they begin leaching chemicals. Trouble is, they are so unstable that “old” for one container in the lot is different from another container so no one really knows when they become harmful. Plates are great “covers” aren’t they … I use them all the time! 🙂



    • >SF, I have always preferred glass. The margarine containers do get trashed every so often, or the cat gets them, down-cycling. There are two interesting posts tomorrow and Friday, they’re already written. Tomorrow’s is something you could think about for a challenge, maybe.

      As always, thanks for the RTs and Tweets.




  2. I think the type of plastic you use is also a factor. PP, LDPE, and HDPE – things most often used in dairy containers, are generally regarded as much better than the PET beverage bottles and PVC cling wrap. Still it’s a good idea to move away from reusing them too much.



  3. I wish I could give up tin fil. Doesn’t it contribute to Alzheimers? I gave up plastic wrap years ago but the baggies are a tough one. Use recycled paper towels and toss themin the recycling bin because otherwise I have to wash the cloth and use electricity for that. Who knows? I just do the best I can.



    • >Shane, yes it is related, as are all aluminium cooking pots and utensils. Here in Brazil, I haven’t found recycled paper towels yet, and I wash by hand, no machine, so the use of rags is economic.

      Thanks for the visit and comment, appreciated.




  4. Good tips. I often do cover with another plate. Just wash the cleaning cloths regularly and don’t mix up the food types.



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