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Old 07-30-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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What is really good for the environment?

I just finished cleaning out that cabinet we see on TV all the time when all those plastic containers come crashing down. Only in my case, just spilling out. I keep them in a bottom cabinet. Lot of bottoms and top that don't match up. Out they go.

Every time I go to a yard sale or second hand shop, I always look for those glass containers our parents had. But those aren't useful when it comes to the freezer for small amounts like the juice of one lemon. I am given a good feeling when I see a program showing a city or other facility recycling their waste materials that are collected each week. It makes me feel better about having to use plastic. And our city does provide large containers for recycling. This building cooperates also. Do the tenants? For the most part they do.

I don't like using plastic. Get a spot of grease on it, and I swear even Dawn can't remove it. It might work great on ducks and others that are caught in an oil spill. But not on any plastic item I own. But I have to believe our city does something with it, since they provide a large container for us to place our empty bottles and plastic jars in them.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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I have a couple of sets of these glass food storage containers and use them all the time.

https://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hockin...age+containers

If I want to save juice from a couple of lemons or limes, I just use an ice cube tray and put the little blocks of frozen juice in a zip lock.
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Old 07-30-2016, 01:22 PM   #3
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I have a couple of sets of these glass food storage containers and use them all the time.

https://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hockin...age+containers

If I want to save juice from a couple of lemons or limes, I just use an ice cube tray and put the little blocks of frozen juice in a zip lock.
Mine are really old. Glass lids. I also have a large platter from the 1930's. I love old kitchen stuff. Including my green batter bowl that your got in the movies. A different piece each week.
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:36 PM   #4
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Addie try looking in antique shops.
Around here they work with hundreds of vendors from all over. You just might find them.

Speaking of recycling. my neighbor sent me a txt stating she's coming over to knock on my door to do a garbage can check. They lost theirs so I must have it. LOL!!

All they need to do is look in the yard. And get a life. S.T.A.T!
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Heck, I'm glad we don't have individual garbage cans here...I'd be chasing mine all the time. The wind is extra special here...
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:42 PM   #6
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For about $12, you can get a dozen Ball canning jars; pint or half pint sizes work great for storage. For another couple bucks, you can get plastic lids that are easier to use than the two-piece banded lids. I use them all the time.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:11 PM   #7
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I just finished cleaning out that cabinet we see on TV all the time when all those plastic containers come crashing down. Only in my case, just spilling out. I keep them in a bottom cabinet. Lot of bottoms and top that don't match up. Out they go.

Every time I go to a yard sale or second hand shop, I always look for those glass containers our parents had. But those aren't useful when it comes to the freezer for small amounts like the juice of one lemon. I am given a good feeling when I see a program showing a city or other facility recycling their waste materials that are collected each week. It makes me feel better about having to use plastic. And our city does provide large containers for recycling. This building cooperates also. Do the tenants? For the most part they do.

I don't like using plastic. Get a spot of grease on it, and I swear even Dawn can't remove it. It might work great on ducks and others that are caught in an oil spill. But not on any plastic item I own. But I have to believe our city does something with it, since they provide a large container for us to place our empty bottles and plastic jars in them.
Just because a plastic Tupperware type container is discolored, that doesn't affect its usefulness. We have some that we've been using continuously and often 2 or 3 times a week for more than a decade. If I looked there would be 3 or 4 in the fridge right now. I try to use them even when a Ziploc would be handier because they are a much better choice environmentally.

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Heck, I'm glad we don't have individual garbage cans here...I'd be chasing mine all the time. The wind is extra special here...
I fasten our cans to the fence with a bungee cord that we unhook on trash pickup day.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:46 PM   #8
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What is really good for the environment?

Discolored tupperware has never been an issue for me either. As long as it doesn't smell funny.

My garbage can stays in the garage until pickup day.
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I use more plastic than I should. I've started to use Ziploc sandwich bags to freeze one cup portions of soup, chili etc... I freeze them flat and break the contents into chunks when I'm ready to reheat them in a microwave safe bowl.

I use a few straight sided Smucker's peanut butter jars or salsa jars to store things in the refrigerator and freezer. They work great for storing half of a raw onion in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

When storing leftovers in the refrigerator for a day or two I usually do what my grandmother and mother did, put a salad plate or saucer on top of the bowl and shut the refrigerator door!

Remember the covers that looked like shower caps!

https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Elas.../dp/B005Q2HCY4
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I also hang on to plastic produce bags from the grocery store and use them for partly used veggies. Sometimes I'll use half an onion and half of two or three colors of bell peppers. I put all the rest in a produce bag so I can pull them all out at once the next day. That way, I'm less likely to lose bits and pieces in the back somewhere.
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