Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get the Plastics Out

Plastic Food Storage Containers
source: Shaina

Today’s Spring Cleaning Carnival topic is about eliminating the plastics from our kitchen.

Head on over to Kitchen Stewardship to learn more about what inspired Beth to become plastic free and to learn more about the dangers posed by different types of plastics.

If you were to walk through my kitchen right now, you’d find plastic plates, bowls and cups for our kids and a few plastic storage containers as well. You’d also find Pyrex storage bowls (which I love and use for a variety of things, so I desperately need another set before I can get rid of the plastic ones!) and stainless steel water bottles. One of my constant companions these days is my 27-oz. Klean Kanteen water bottle. I’ve had it for about 2.5 years, and it’s a little beat up, but I find it so much easier to drink enough water (usually 100 oz.+) when I’m using it.

When I first started switching away from plastics, I really did it more for the aesthetics and to eliminate waste than for health reasons, but lately I’ve been considering taking a more drastic approach and eliminating most of the plastic, especially the plastic that my kids use.

But obviously I don’t want to create more waste by simply throwing all of the plastic I have away, so here’s a list of ideas for repurposing the plastic from your kitchen for non-food uses:

Plastic Food Storage

Plastic food storage containers can be used to hold a variety of household items. Not only do they keep little pieces contained, but they provide natural limits for the number of items you can keep.

  • Toy sets.
  • Trinkets and miscellaneous doodads.
  • Craft supplies.
  • Hair accessories.
  • Screws, nails, bolts, etc.

Plates, Bowls, Cups and Silverware

  • Use plastic kids plates as paint and glue palettes.
  • Keep plastic knives in the play-doh bin.
  • Add plastic cups and spoons to your sensory table for scooping beans, rice and sand.
  • Take bowls and spoons outside for digging and other adventures.

Beth is sharing tips for baby steps, making strides and a giant leap at Fake Plastic Fish. You can link up your own story and enter to win a stainless steel baby bottle as well!

Next week, we’ll be talking about eliminating refined sugar with Donielle of Naturally Knocked Up!

Do you still use plastic containers in your kitchen? Have you replaced any with wood, stainless steel or glass alternatives? What other ideas do you have for repurposing the plastic in your kitchen?

Mandi Ehman at Organizing Your Way