Spring Culling aka "Cleaning"

I got a jump on “Spring Cleaning” this week, culling tools – bakeware, cookware and gadgets – no longer useful in the creation of nutrient-dense, whole-food. Keeping all-things-Corning, glass, and cast iron, I discarded the few remaining non-stick pans, aluminum bakeware, and a crockpot. Most were decades-old, having far more nostalgic, than practical value. The most difficult for me to remove? The now-“vintage” Tupperware.

Tupperware: the very word conjures up the white picket fences of 1950s America. Launched into a world where women wore pinnies, daddy was breadwinner and rosy-cheeked children skipped home to eat Mom’s home-baked apple pie, these plastic storage containers changed the modern kitchen and sparked an extraordinary social revolution.How Tupperware Has Conquered the World

Image Tupperware Cover Even though my vintage pieces aren’t made from polycarbonate containing BPA, thought to pose a human, and environmental health risk, there are plenty of other chemicals used in the making of plastic – hormone-disrupting phthalates, or cancer-causing dioxins – which makes the decision easy to remove them from my home. While Tupperware has posted a comprehensive guide disclosing the “type” of material used in the making of their more recent pieces, I’m over the need to research which piece is less toxic than another. My goal? No toxins. And even though Tupperware makes a claim that all its pieces are “dishwasher safe”, any plastic that becomes misshapen or emits an odd odor, after being washed in the dishwasher, should be held-suspect as NOT being dishwasher safe.

While Tupperware offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty, I only wish they had a trade-in program, giving me glass food storage containers in exchange for their plastic containers.

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