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Reynolds plastic wrap and Saran plastic wrap are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (#3 for recycling). This kind of plastic can be unhealthy. I found out that Glad plastic wrap is made from low density polyethylene (LDPE, and #4 for recycling). This kind of plastic has no known hazards. However, Glad's website does say that their plastic wrap contains "proprietary cling agents used at low concentrations which are FDA compliant." So who knows what that is. Even so, I think I feel more comfortable with Glad plastic wrap.
 

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We have some of the press and seal at home, and I'm not sure about it's health properties, but I can tell you that it doesn't really work, either. I was tempted by the commercial. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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So is aluminum foil safer than plastic wrap? Obviously glass jars are the safest, but that's not alway practical.
 

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I've had one box of plastic wrap in my lifetime. It was the Glad brand. It didn't work worth crap, doesn't cling to anything. We bought it 3 years ago and the box is still in the drawer more than half full.<br><br>
We store leftovers in glass Pyrex bowls or CorningWare. They have plastic tops for covering but it doesn't touch the food and we don't microwave so I'm fine with that.
 

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i second the unbleached wax paper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I use glass containers or parchment paper as much as I can, but I admit I still use some plastic. Leftover bread for example. We don't go through it fast enough to leave it in paper so I end up storing bread in a gallon size freezer bag. I reuse them a few times, but the problem of chemical contamination is still an issue. Also, freezing meat. I buy some in larger quantities (a months supply at a time) and freeze most of it. I feel I need to wrap it in plastic to prevent freezer damage. Are there altermatives? I do use Natural Value brand, which is at least PVC free.
 

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What about the plastic sandwich baggies? If nothing hot is put into them are they still bad?
 

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I have a question along this topic line too, I'm trying to switch to safe food storage containers and I'm wondering... (not trying to hijack, sorry if that's what this is...)<br><br>
What do you guys use to freeze stuff like soups, leftovers, etc? Mason jars? Are those freezer safe? If I keep all my jars from stuff that I've bought (ie applesauce, nut butters, etc) are those freezer safe too?<br><br>
And what about things from the grocery store that come in plastic-- should I be transfering them into something else-- I mean even tofu comes in pastic, and the organc salad greens, braggs, miso-- when I start thinking about it just about everything!!! Is this ok as long as they aren't heated/microwaved/washed in the dishwasher and reused?
 

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i use jars for the freezer also pyrex glass containers w/plastic lids and keep the food off the plastic.<br><br>
when i do use plastic I first wrap in unbleached paper then use the plastic.<br><br>
I will transfer things most often...and try to buy non plastic but it is difficult with some things or go for the more expensive non plastic brand. I havent bought any braggs partly for that reason...I use traditionally aged shoyu instead and am now buying frozen berries in unbleached paper. In the end, I do my best to get as little exposure as possible.
 
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