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I have this major love hate thing going on with it...<br><br>
I love plastic bins and stuff, but hate the toys, cups, cooking stuff, ext. How did you start moving away from it? Were do you still have it? How do you plan to get rid of what you still have, or are you planing on keeping it?<br><br>
Plastic things seem to keep showing up due to use only having so much $$ to live with and non-plastic things just costing to much... where do you find the balance?
 

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I started my hate of plastic mostly after the toy recalls started last year. Our rule about toys is simple: Nothing made in China - which keeps 90% of plastic stuff OUT of my house! Its wonderful, simple, and very easy to explain, and pretty easy, even for the relatives to follow<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> DS still has a few plastic toys (duplos & some stuff thats old that was mine/my brothers/dh's as kids, and some stuff for playing outside with - buckets, shovels etc, all made in the USA), but mostly wood/cloth.<br><br>
Then I started reading about pthalates & BPA, and ended up recycling all of my plastic food storage containers. I replaced them with glass pyrex/anchor hocking stuff from Walmart - all made in the USA with #5 plastic lids, so the 'better' kind of plastic, supposedly. I've been trying to avoid buying food in cans & plastic now and concentrating on buying everything I possibly can in glass as from what I've read it is one of the most eco-friendly options (infinetly recyclable). We still have old tupperware mixing bowls, but aside from that, we're a nearly plastic-free kitchen, which is wonderful<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I switched over to glass last summer and it took a good 2-3 months for me to do it. Every paycheck I'd allot $20 to buy Pyrex containers with lids for lunches and leftovers. I bought all my jars for storing dry goods at thrift stores. A friend from church gave me a couple cases of quart canning jars, too. Just switch over little by little and before you know it you will have a plastic free kitchen. =)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have this major love hate thing going on with it...<br><br>
I love plastic bins and stuff, but hate the toys, cups, cooking stuff, ext. How did you start moving away from it? Were do you still have it? How do you plan to get rid of what you still have, or are you planing on keeping it?<br><br>
Plastic things seem to keep showing up due to use only having so much $$ to live with and non-plastic things just costing to much... where do you find the balance?</div>
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I try to find <span style="text-decoration:underline;">estate sales</span>, yard sales, goodwill, etc. Estate sales are especially nice for finding vintage kitchen stuff because the estates are usually those of older folks... I just picked up a handful of really well used wooden spoons and I love using them! The handles are smooth from years of use. What have they stirred? Who have they helped nourish? I love the history (and mystery) of using vintage/antique items!<br><br>
A little end note: If you haven't considered this already... when you do replace the plastic stuff, remember to either recycle or donate to a charity like goodwill. When a young single mom is just starting out, plastic is better than nothing.<br><br>
Blessed Be
 
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