I read an article recently, which spelt out how bad plastics are for your health, and that elements of them appear in the most unlikely places. HERE is a link which explains the downsides of using plastic. I thought about it, and came to the conclusion that whilst I'm not panicking about it, it does make sense to try and get rid of plastic storage containers and also any plastic gizmo's in the kitchen. First to be replaced, was my plastic colander and matching bowl, which had been useful over the years for washing fruit or veg in and leaving to drain. I had only replaced my previous metal colander because it was useless at draining, but now I have a deep metal one with lots of holes in all the right places! (£1 from the car boot sale this morning!)
Being frugal, I had been in the habit of washing and re-using plastic bags (freezer bags spring to mind). Perhaps that hasn't been quite such a good idea. However, storing things in the freezer (especially left-over portions of curry and such) will be slightly more problematic now, so I shall have to put my thinking cap on and ditch the ice cream containers and the like I had been using. I used to have foil containers which I bought from Iceland, many, many moons ago when freezers suddenly became THE thing to have way back in the 70s (though I dare say many folk had them before that). I will have to see if they have them in Wilko's.
The plastic linings on cans are also suspect . . . and of course bottled squashes, mineral water, anything like that. It will take some checking of supermarkets and trying to find things in bottles and plastic-free packs, and some stuff just won't be without a plastic cover I dare say, but when I do my next grocery shop I shall try and find alternatives. Baked beans only come in cans or those plastic fridge containers - but we only eat a can or so a week. I shall replace tinned chopped tomatoes with passata. Then start thinking about anything else I use regularly which is tinned. I will make sure I take my own home-made bags for the fruit we get at Abergwili which is normally put into their thin blue plastic bags. My husband's home-mixed muesli will now be stored in one of my spare big earthenware jars and that will free up the big plastic storage container for holding nuts and bolts or something in his workshop. At least our spring water comes from the tap and without a plastic wrapping, so I shall be drinking much more of that!