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Recycled Food Storage

November 11, 2010

A few weeks ago K and I were at The Fresh Market, poking around, when we found a few lines of recyclable and recycled food storage products. I had not seen this before in Price Chopper and Hannaford (maybe I just wasn’t looking?) and was really pleased to see this.

A few years back, K and I started investing in pyrex storage containers to replace our plastic sandwich rubbermaid-type containers as they wore out.  I felt better buying glass and not having to continue heating up my lunches in plastic.


Glass is a great food storage container, as it is easily recycled, doesn’t absorb odors or turn orange in spots after it holds spaghetti sauce overnight. It also won’t warp in the microwave. Plus, the Pyrex containers have a BPA-free plastic lid (that I take off when I microwave) that seals very well and is dishwasher safe.  But apparently there are recycled plastic food storage containers out there too!

Preserve is a not-so-new company (it’s been around since 1996) that prides itself on products made from post-consumer recycled material.

Preserve has partnered with Stonyfield Farm since 2001, collecting cups and scrap plastic from Stonyfield’s manufacturing facility as well as the used Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups returned to them.  They then turn the plastic into Preserve Toothbrushes, tongue cleaners, and razors.

Since Preserve’s products were made entirely from recycled #5 plastic, a number that is hard to find recycling facilities for, it started “Gimme 5” a recycling program of bins just for #5 plastic in Whole Foods supermarkets across the country and encouraged customers who couldn’t get to a Whole Foods to mail back their Preserve products back to the company. The returned products get recycled into plastic benches and picnic tables in turn.

It’s such a great cycle.  A product gets used, then recycled into something else, then recycled into something else AGAIN!

Another product we checked out were Green Genius Biodegradable Freezer Bags.  These bags are made with 15% recycled plastic, which may not sound like a lot, but is a lot more than many (if not all) freezer bags out there.


In case it slipped your mind, ASTM D4411 is the industry standard for determining biodegradability of plastic in an anaerobic waste disposal environment (like a landfill).  Based on third-part testing, this product is expected to biodegrade within 2 to 15 years – as opposed to most plastic bags, which are believed to biodegrade in about 1,000 years, if ever.

Ok, so it won’t biodegrade overnight.  But 2-15 years is a lot better then the current commercial options out there in our stores.  (BTW, their trashbags are really good too.)

The other thing I love about both these products is that they are BOTH made in the good ol’ USA.

So, even if you’re not able to give up plastic (since it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE), there are options out there, if we only take the time to look.  And if you are able to reduce your plastic waste, what a wonderful job you’re doing for the future of this planet, along with our reliance on foreign oil, since plastic is made with petroleum.  Check out Jen Is Green ‘s Reduce Plastic Waste challenge and push yourself to take one small step to towards putting less plastic in landfills. Because even after that biodegradable trash bag or freeze bag decomposes, all the plastic items in that trash bag will still be there.


Don’t forget about my Relaxation Bath Salts giveway! Entries are open until 11/18 at midnight!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 9:44 am

    this is awesome! I haven’t been to fresh market yet, but I really need to get there and check this out! thanks!! :-D

  2. November 12, 2010 12:13 pm

    I’ve been meaning to check out Fresh Market. Now that the farm stands are winding up it might be time to make the trip up there.

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