Plenty of people, including myself, reuse plastic food containers for storing and reheating food. Did you ever wonder if this was a bad idea? Could chemicals from the plastic leak into your food and cause you harm? This question was posed to the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green and you can read on to find out what he had to say:
Hey Mr. Green,
There has been a lot of discussion about hazards of using plastic, especially related to bisphenol A, or BPA. We try to avoid buying anything in plastic, but over the years we have acquired plastic containers, like one-quart yogurt containers, which we use to store food in the refrigerator. Is this a bad idea? We wash and reuse them many times and wonder if chemicals are leaching into the food that is stored? We also wash and reuse plastic bags to buy bulk foods. Could this also be hazardous? We have not seen this issue addressed and hope you have an answer.
-Rick in Berkeley, California