In the past, I've often reused my plastic tub containers, such as ones for cream cheese, to store left-overs. But with the bisphenal-A scare, plastic is not such a user-friendly material any more. Even if you don't have any more polycarbonate bottles or bowls, many experts caution against microwaving food in any type of plastic bowl, since the plastic breaks down in the heat and leaches chemcials onto the food.
So that 's why this tip I read in National Geographic's Green Guide magazine is such a no-brainer: instead of saving plastic containers for food storage, save glass ones instead. Glass is safe to microwave, so you don't have to take the extra step of putting leftover food in a microwave-safe container.
So my Thrifty Green Thursday Tip of the Week is save your glass jars and bowls and recycle the plastic ones. For more tips, click here.