Dos and Don ts - Plastics

Dos and Don ts - Plastics:

  • Replace plastic water bottles, cups, cutting boards and food containers with glass, bamboo, cloth, wooden, ceramic and stainless steel products.
  • Eat and cook with fresh foods rather than canned foods.
  • Especially limit your use of plastics if you are pregnant and/or have young children who are at a greater risk since they are still developing.
  • Find a food store where you can get your fresh produce and meat wrapped in paper, rather than plastic.
  • Use aluminum foil to wrap food rather than plastic cling wrap.
  • Bring your own bags whenever you shop, not just for the supermarket. By bringing your own bag, you alone can save between 400 and 600 plastic bags per year.
  • Check out the Hot or Not List when looking for more tips on how to reduce your plastic use for good.

  • Use plastic containers or bottles with the recycling numbers 3 (Polyvinyl Chloride, PVC), 6 (Polystyrene, PS), and 7 (Other), which can be found on the bottom of the containers.
  • Microwave plastic containers.
  • Wash plastic containers in the dishwasher. If plastics are being used, wash by hand with warm water.
  • Use harsh chemical detergents on plastic products.
  • Use plastics that are old, worn, and scratched.
  • Forget children and adults can ingest small amounts of BPA when drinking/eating from cups or containers with the chemical