Plastic: it’s amazing, isn’t it? From the finest fishing line to the sturdiest industrial shelving, plastic is flexible and solid, transparent and opaque, fabric and furniture. If you consider plastic syringes, infant car seats, Kevlar body armor and a host of other applications, it’s clear that plastic saves lives. But one thing it doesn’t do well? Store food.
The National Resources Defense Council has a comprehensive round-up of the problems with storing food in plastic, from environmental (“producing a 16 oz. PET bottle generates more than 100 times the toxic emissions to air and water than making the same size bottle out of glass“) to sustainability (petroleum is a non-renewable resource and only about 7% of manufactured plastic is recycled annually) to personal health (dioxins, phthalates and BPA, oh my!). Although the FDA continues to maintain that our current levels of exposure to BPA are considered safe, they offer the consumer advice on reducing BPA exposure. The National Toxicology Program admits to “some concern” for adverse effects of BPA on fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures.
Not to be all conspiracy-theorist, but it’s not just BPA. Ten years from now, there will be another BPA-esque boogeyman and industry will scramble to reinvent the plastic wheel once more. And that’s not to say that I’m completely anti-plastic (reference life-saving applications above): it’s just that it really doesn’t make sense for food storage. Glass is inert, a renewable resource, a less destructive manufacturing process, durable, attractive, and oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
The one area where glass food storage doesn’t beat plastic? Price: glass food containers are notoriously expensive. I’ve been slowly (oh, so slowly) building up my supply of glass food storage containers, everything from Ball & Weck jars to glasslocks, from stylie counter-top storage to a couple of ancient Italian glass containers that I bought at Conran’s in Boston (I’m really dating myself now). So when Mighty Nest got in touch and asked me to partner with them in spreading the glass food storage love, I jumped at the chance.
Mighty Nest sent me the Lys Square 6-piece nesting food storage set from Duralex and also a set of 6 Lys Calotte pasta or salad bowls. I’ve long been a fan of Duralex tempered glass – in fact, I have some of their stacking kitchen bowls – and who doesn’t love the iconic French bar tumbler, the Picardie? The great thing about this food storage set is that all of the sizes nest within one another (very important in a 64 sf kitchen). The largest size is perfect to hold a big batch of soup, while the smallest is great for pesto, chopped herbs, peeled garlic. They are freezer and microwave safe, and sturdy enough for banging around in my most hectic kitchen days. The one thing I would change about these is the lid: it seems to fit a bit loosely, so that if the container is at all over full, the lid will not fit snugly. The pasta bowls (the Lys Calotte plate) will come in handy for holiday entertaining and are a good shape either for pasta or salad or to act as serving dishes at a party or holiday meal.
Consign those mis-matched takeout containers to the recycling bin, and give glass a try. You’ll be glad you did. The giveaway is open to all with a US shipping address (sorry, far-flung peeps!): one lucky winner will win a 6-piece set of Duralex food storage containers and a set of 6 Lys Calotte bowls.
Lastly, Food in Jars, Autumn Makes and Does, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, and Tasty Yummies are all hosting Duralex giveaways this week thanks to Mighty Nest. So much glass for your kitchen: so little time.
There are 8 possible entries per person:
- Leave a blog comment answering the question, “What have you done, if anything, to reduce plastic use in your kitchen?“
- Join the Mighty Nest mailing list
- Tweet about the giveaway (include @local_kitchen and @MightyNest)
- Like Mighty Nest on Facebook
- Like Local Kitchen on Facebook
- Follow @MightyNest on Twitter
- Follow @local_kitchen on Twitter
- Follow Mighty Nest on Pinterest
For each entry, you’ll need to come back here and leave a separate comment telling me that you liked/followed, etc. Ditto if you’re already a liker/follower. (Sorry, but Rafflecopter does not work on my blog, so we need to go old skool. Also, please be patient: I do moderate comments, so they may take a while to show up, but never fear, they are there, and I am diligently checking the spam folder as well. I’ll delete any comments that seem redundant, but please have faith that your comment will make it through in the order it was received.) The giveaway will run for one week: the winning entry will be chosen via Random.org and announced on November 20th. Good luck, and thanks to Mighty Nest for making it all possible.
Update: Congratulations to winner Nicole, with comment 59, who says: “I JUST moved out from living with a roommate who owned a massive set of glassware–and I’m missing it sorely! So far, I’ve used a lot of canning jars that I have, including saving old jam jars, mustard jars, etc. Bought fabric to make bowl covers instead of using plastic wrap, and I also use a fabric bag instead of plastic ziplocs for transporting dry goods.” Be on the look-out for your new glassware in the mail from Mighty Nest, Nicole, and enjoy!
For those of you who didn’t win, check out Mighty Nest’s collection of Duralex online: maybe drop a hint to a certain jolly guy in a red suit? Mighty Nest has a great track record for shipping glass safely, carefully wrapped in recyclable materials. Thanks again to Mighty Nest & Duralex for sponsoring such a generous giveaway.
Disclosure: Mighty Nest provided the Duralex glass food storage set and the Calotte bowls for my use & review, and will supply the same for the giveaway winner. Other than these products, I received no compensation for writing this post. As always, my opinions remain my own.