Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Crazy Idea

Last week, I went to a farm to purchase 50lbs of potatoes and 1/2 gallon of maple syrup and met the farmer's wife. She's a sweet lady who's very down to earth and a conservative Christian. We chatted a bit about Nourishing Traditions and healthy living. During our conversation, she mentioned that it would be best for me to put the maple syrup into glass jars when I got home. Plastic gets into our food and alters the flavor. I remembered a friend of hubby and I's who nearly died from cancer suspected to be caused by an over-exposure to plastic. While he was going through chemo, he learned about the dangers of plastic, particularly in our foods.

So, today I had a crazy idea. I wonder if I could successfully eliminate as much plastic as possible in my home. Can you imagine how difficult that can be? I mean the computer alone, the fridge, Bubby's toys, even parts of my garments...plastic. Still, I might give it a go and see what I can eliminate.

The picnic was great, by the way. We all had a grand time. The weather was cool, but not too chilly and the food was excellent. Hubby picked out a Christmas tree while there, too. We have a string on it so we know which one it is when we come back for it in December.


Emma said...

I don't think that's a crazy idea at all! You can buy a lot of different sized glass jars at the Container Store. In addition to using glass for health reasons, I think that it is ascetically more pleasing than plastic anyway.

Courtney said...

I've been on a quest to eliminate the plastic in our life too. It's a slow process and pretty pricey to replace all that plastic with glass. I'm doing pretty well, though, in the kitchen. Replacing plastic clothes hangars for wood will probably take decades! ;-)

My one area where I'm a little stuck is plastic bags. I just find them so useful to freeze food and store my homemade bread. I haven't really come up with good solutions yet. I know you can, freeze, and bake, Kate. What do you do?

Mrs.M said...

Just popping around today and this article caught my eye. An answer for Courtney is wrap in freezer paper then aluminum foil. The foil can be reused. This works about as good as plastic bags or boxes.

Courtney said...

Thanks, Mrs. M! I do wrap my items in foil and THEN put them in plastic bags. :-) Good to know the foil w/ freezer paper will be sufficient!