I’ve been environmentally conscious for years. But ever since my husband and I started talking about having a baby (and especially since I got pregnant last year), I’ve been more and more concerned with avoiding toxins and chemical crud. If money were no object, I’d love to build a super-green house with no chemicals in it at all, but alas – money is an object. For me and everyone I know. So I’m doing whatever I can to minimize our exposure to chemicals… but my kitchen floor is still made of vinyl, and that’s just the way it has to be. My goal is to be frugal and green, so I take whatever steps I can that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
I’ve been concerned lately about storing food in plastic containers. I’d much rather use glass, since I don’t want my storage containers to leach into our food. I have lots of glass mixing bowls of various sizes, but none of them have lids. I can use plastic wrap on them, but I hate generating waste every time I store food. I see glass bowls at thrift stores all the time, but they never have lids. I saw a set of four pyrex bowls with lids in a catalog, but they were $50. Ouch. Then I remembered a commercial I had seen on tv ages ago for Smart Lidz (I didn’t remember the name, and had to look it up – they are lids that fit on any container). Yesterday I bought a set of four lids for $10. They fit on my existing mixing bowls, and although they are made of plastic, they don’t touch the food, so I figure it’s ok.
So now I have glass food storage containers! All of my pyrex bowls came from thrift stores to begin with, and I use them for mixing and serving – now I can use them to store leftovers too. It’s one more step towards the green lifestyle that I want, without spending a fortune to get there.