Do you use plastic bags in your freezer?
I’ve had a great question from one of our new readers, Donna.
Donna wrote to me and asked about using plastic bags for freezing food in.
She tries to recycle and reduce waste as much as she can but is concerned about disposable plastic carrier bags. Like most people, she finds them useful and is looking for alternatives.
“My comment is about plastic supermarket bags, we are advised not to use these and to use reusable shopping bags. How do other peaople store food in their freezers. I have always used supermarket bags for this to store homemade bread etc. and homegrown veg. If I dont have supermarket bags I have to buy plastic freezer bags which arnt at all biodegradable. Plastic boxes arnt an alternative as they take up too much space. I would welcome your comments.”
Personally for things that can’t be stored in rigid plastic boxes or old yogurt pots (we have a pretty large freezer, so space is not an issue) we use polythene wrapping. This is the sort of thing that toilet rolls, kitchen towel and magazines are wrapped in. You will also find some shop bought bread and frozen vegetables wrapped in polythene bags. Once we’ve reused the bags several times (polythene is pretty robust) we recycle them with the carrier bags at our local supermarket. Not all supermarkets offer this facility, so you’ll have to check with your local store.
I’d love to ditch the plastic altogether, but I’m finding options limited. I cannot find rectangular stainless steel containers in the UK. I’ve seen (and bought) some round ones, but they still have plastic lids, which, after just one wash no longer fit the containers. I’ve seen a tiny sandwich container which was rectangular, but this isn’t large enough. I contacted Tickle Trunk, over Canada I believe, with regards to some review products but they never responded to me Perhaps they thought I was too cheeky!
What ideas and suggestions do you have for Donna? How do you store your home grown veg or bread without using disposable plastic carrier bags? Fake Plastic Fish – what are your plastic free suggestions?