Why Choosing Glass Over Plastic Matters

Infinity Jars for Food and Home Storage

 

Please Stop Using Plastic NOW

In a perfect world plastic would never have been invented.  I know, that is a bold statement; but had we known in 1907 what we know now about this harmful and insidious chemical product, we would have banned it immediately. Did you know that the first plastic based on a synthetic polymer was made from phenol and formaldehyde, with the first viable and cheap synthesis methods invented in 1907, by Leo Hendrik Baekeland. Phenol is both corrosive and toxic. Formaldehyde, aside from ALS risk or other nervous system consequences, is a respiratory irritant that causes chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and nose and throat irritation, according to the ATSDR. (The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) It can also cause cancer, and has been linked to an increased risk of asthma and allergies in kids. Plastics contain phthalates (click on the link to learn why the United Nations and World Health Organization view phthalates as a global threat) and are, among other bad things, on a long list of harmful endocrine disrupters. YIKES!  Why would we want to be exposed to this stuff?

Choose Glass Instead

Here is some trivia for you.

  • Americans consumed about 9.67 BILLION gallons of bottled water in 2015. Each gallon represents 7.5 individual plastic bottles 90% of which end up in landfills.
  • It takes 203 ounces of water to make a 16.9 ounce plastic bottle. Anyone see the problem with that?
  • At last count in 2015, there were 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea.(Source)
  • Plastic bottles in landfills will take thousands of years to decompose.
  • Glass has been around for thousands of years. It was first used to make jewelry and amulets and then much later for vessels and building materials.
  • The first hollow glass container is believed to have been created around 1500 BC.
  • While glassmaking was originally thought of as creative and artsy, science entered the game in the late 1500s with the invention of glass telescope and microscope lenses.
  • The first American glass was made in 1608 in Jamestown, Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Modern glass making is energy intensive. Approximately 22% of production costs are consumed by energy.  This, however, is far less than the 40% figure in the making of plastic.

5 Reasons Glass Over Plastic Is the Right Choice

  1. Glass is non-porous.
    Glass is inert. This means it is safer for storage of food and skin care products as there is no leeching of chemicals into the contents like there is with plastic, no odors or other external pollutants can penetrate the glass so your food retains its original flavor and no cosmetic scents can bother the person next to you, and nothing (no bacteria, detergent etc) is left behind after cleaning.
  2. Glass is a durable good.
    I love “economics speak” don’t you? Anyway, glass containers have a much, much longer “shelf life” than plastic. For example: plastic water bottles are single use. You buy it, you drink it, you throw it away.  Americans purchase approximately 42.6 billion individual 1-liter bottles of water each year (2015 figures). Globally, people go through roughly 200 billion plastic water bottles annually. Now, consider this. If you took a glass water bottle with you in the morning, full of life-saving water, then refilled it at work and at the gym; you will have personally reduced the number of plastic water bottles hitting the landfill by 3. Multiply that by 365 days in a year and you will reduce the number of plastic water bottles in the landfill by 1,095.  That’s just you. Something else that should impress you: water from your tap or filter at home costs you about 3 cents per bottle. Water purchased in that nasty plastic bottle will cost anywhere from 50 cents if you buy it by the caseload to over $3.00 if you buy it at the airport.  By using glass you will save money in the long run and help save our planet. This same theory applies to food storage containers and skin care product containers. With proper care (like not dropping them on concrete or knocking containers together in the sink or dishwasher), glass storage containers will last for many, many years. In fact, the Infinity Jars, pictured above, are incredibly strong. Let’s see: save money, save the planet —- looks like a win-win to me.
  3. Glass is 100% recyclable.
    When the time comes years down the road, to part with your glass storage containers, you can be confident that those containers won’t need to take up space in a landfill.  A glass jar can become a glass jar again, and again, and again. It can be reused by someone else, it can be repurposed, it can be crushed to be used as a soft surface for playgrounds or for pipe-bedding in the construction industry. or become part of the glass industry’s recycling process in the production of new glass products.It takes up to 60% less energy to make new glass products from recycled glass. Plastic, on the other hand, has little chance of becoming something valuable again and again. To give you a good picture, figuratively and literally, of the importance of the recyclability of glass versus plastic, please watch this TedTalk.
  4. Glass is efficient.
    I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any more clean-up than is absolutely necessary in my kitchen. Glass can help with that. Glass is so efficient you can prepare much of your food, serve it, and store leftovers all in the same dish.Side note:  I don’t think plastic tubs have a place on the dinner table!  Glass can go in your dishwasher on high temp settings as well.  Awesome, right? While these are great benefits there are more. Glass containers preserve their contents much better than plastic. You will see a dramatic reduction in waste due to spoilage and degradation. One of the best features of the Infinity Jars shown above is the preserving qualities of the dark violet glass on light-sensitive contents. I’ll talk more about that below.
  5. Glass will raise your consciousness.
    As a consumer, you have a choice. You can contribute to the deaths of our oceans, to the demise of global wildlife populations, and to the decline of human health by continuing to live a throw-away lifestyle; or, you can shift your mindset to a more sustainable lifestyle by making a simple yet powerful choice of glass over plastic. Of course, this is just one step of many we all need to take if we are to make a difference, but at least it is a step in the right direction.

Feature Review – Infinity Jars

Infinity Jars for Food and Home Storage

The glass containers featured here are from Infinity Jars. Let me first say they are beautiful and perfectly sized for the uses I have committed them to. Pictured here are the 5ml Glass Push Pump Bottle, 15ml Glass Push Pump Bottle, 15ml Glass Pippette Dropper Bottle and 150ml Glass Tall Screw Top Jar. There are over 30 different containers available from Infinity Jars, but as I will be traveling soon the three small ones seemed like a perfect fit for now. Based on appearances, these containers get a solid “10” from me for form: now for the function.

Infinity Jars are made from dark ultraviolet glass which is not just aesthetic. According to the company’s information, this type of pigmented glass blocks harmful visible light rays from degrading light-sensitive contents on the inside and lets beneficial light rays in to extend the shelf life of the contents. I’m not a scientist but this makes sense to me. I know that beer and wine companies use dark glass for many of their products to keep their light-sensitive products from spoiling. Sure, there are lots of products in clear glass containers but my research tells me these are products not typically affected by light. The dark glass is quite attractive and serves a good purpose; but it is impossible to see what’s inside. Don’t worry, Infinity Jars has you covered. They provide attractive, appropriately sized labels for listing contents and dates.

I’ve chosen to use the three smaller bottles for my skin care products. I use and highly recommend KINDri.  KINDri is a line of organic, cruelty free skin care. It is incredible for many reasons not the least of which is there are no harmful man-made chemicals in them, unlike those found in most commercially available skin care products. For this reason, my KINDri products have made their home in my small Infinity Jars. I know my KINDri skin care products will stay well preserved and protected even in my carry-on bag. NOTE:  TSA rules limit liquids in carry-on bags to no more than 3.4oz per container and all liquid containers in your carry-on bag must fit into one (1) quart see-through sealable bag for screening.

The small bottles are perfect for essential oils too. My bucket list includes learning to make my own essential oils – especially lavender. What I do know already is that essential oils are really sensitive to light. It doesn’t make sense to put in all that work to realize something so lovely only to have it quickly degrade because of the container it is in.  I think the small bottles, especially the one with the dropper, are perfect for tinctures too, like Black Elderberry during cold and flu season from Mountain Rose Herbs as well as my liquid B12 and D3 from Garden of Life.

The large 150ml screw top Infinity Jar is now the home of a blend of fresh, beautifully fragrant herbs from our local farmer’s market. I use a lot of herbs in my food preparation and they are sometimes quite dear in price. I don’t want to lose any of their quality so I am glad I have this jar to keep them as fresh as possible. **Note: this jar does not meet the TSA requirements so my herbs will not be accompanying me on my journey.


I hope you have found this post useful. My goal is to help my readers live a healthy, happy, plant-strong life and to encourage everyone to take care of our planet. I love sharing my recipes, educating people about the power of food to heal and maintain good health, and learning about the many conscious entrepreneurs who are working hard to make this world a better place. I would love to hear from you about this or any of my posts.


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Conscious Gift Giving Made Easy

 Conscious Gift Giving

Who doesn’t love the opportunity to offer a gift to someone you love! The joy on their faces, their warm embrace, their delight with whatever you have chosen for them makes gift giving such a pleasure, right? Then why is it there are so many people stressed out this time of year? Malls and sidewalks are filled with people rushing here and there, some panicking about the very few days left to “buy that special gift” and others treating clerks and cashiers like their own personal punching bags. The “giving season” has turned into a wrestling match with so-called adults physically fighting over merchandise, people screaming at each other in parking lots, and children crying as parents yell at them to hurry up.  Wow, this is NOT what gift giving is supposed to be about.  Let’s stop the madness, right now, and take a moment to be truly conscious about the giving of gifts.

A Gift From The Heart

A Gift From the Heart

 

When we choose to give a gift, whether it be at Christmas, or for someone’s birthday or anniversary, or just because; that gift is meant to be a reflection of our love and affection for the recipient and our understanding of just what will bring joy and comfort to the receiver. The true value of a gift is not measured in size or financial investment; its value comes from its essence, its intrinsic nature, its spirit.

 

The Greatest Gifts are Often Free

Holiday_8One of the things I used to do every Christmas Eve was people watch in a local mall. It was an interesting study in human behavior; but while the madness was somewhat entertaining at first, it didn’t take long before it stopped being fun. I found myself becoming increasingly disappointed in our society’s mindless lust for consumption of goods under the guise of Christmas gift giving. I saw people who clearly didn’t have the excess income required to buy the “latest thing” for their children; many people who wandered from store to store with glazed expressions that read “If I don’t get this right I’m in big trouble”; and then there were those who believed quantity would trump quality or thoughtfulness every time. This is clearly not what gift giving is meant to be. So, how do we change this? Here are some ideas.

  • Many of the best gifts are free! The gift of time being on the top of that list.
    148743755When my youngest was born just a few weeks before Christmas a dear friend gave me a hand-made booklet of coupons for childcare with suggestions on when to redeem them: if I wanted to take a nap, or have a long bath, or take a walk by myself, or just pop out to do some shopping.  My friend gave me the gift of time for which I was truly grateful and she enjoyed the gift of snuggling with a newborn baby and her older sister – something she found enormous pleasure in, too.
  • Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Reimagine

    Proud to recycle

    Proud to recycle

    I recently watched a rerun of a 1995 Seinfeld episode about regifting. This episode as well as most other Seinfeld shows made me laugh. However, the idea of regifting is not as offensive to me as it was to Jerry, Elaine and George.  I believe recycling, reusing, repurposing and reimagining are worthy ways to keep the things we no longer have use for or want out of the landfill and to give our creative spirit an opportunity to express itself.Craft, art and imagination projects for families to do together can make good use of items found around the house. There are some excellent websites available to help you find the perfect gift project.  Most importantly, sharing activities like this with your children or grandchildren has many additional benefits: you are spending time with them and you are teaching them about giving, and you are teaching them about caring for our planet – great life values for them to grow up with, right?
    http://craftingagreenworld.com/2011/03/01/crafting-a-vegan-world/
    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/how-to-make-upcycled-christmas-crafts-not-just-for-the-kids/

  • Make it Personal

    You may have people in your life, whom you truly care for, that don’t get out much. Give them the gift of an outdoor adventure to a local park, a museum, a concert at the library, a drive through neighborhoods with awesome light displays…there are many things to do in your community that don’t cost a thing but your time and a bit of gas for your vehicle.

    The gift of homemade vegan cookies or a fragrant box of homemade vegan soaps will delight almost everyone. You can even put together a do-it-yourself kit to give your loved one with a special note that you would like to enjoy making this gift together. Something for now under the tree and something for later when you can share special time together. Who wouldn’t love that! If you need some inspiration on the right organic essential oils to buy to give the gift of fragrance, just visit my friends at Mountain Rose Herbs (click on the ad to the right – Affiliate Link)

    For the special people in your life who love animals check out the Peta Catalogue for some wonderful gifts for them that help animals too.
    The gift of good health will last a lifetime. Maybe a gift certificate to a community center that offers social activities, exercise programs, and dance classes. What about a membership to Thrive Market. This online market has free delivery, excellent vegan, organic products that contribute to great health, and gives back to our communities by supporting families who are food insecure. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Cruelty Free Gifts Make a World of Difference 
    When you are purchasing a gift, please consider how that gift was made before you buy. There are many cruelty free, very high quality, beautiful gifts items available so you do have a choice. Check out GUNAS (click on ad to the right – Affiliate Link). GUNAS makes absolutely beautiful handbags that any lady would love. They are also cruelty free – and who doesn’t love that!
    You can also find beautiful vegan, cruelty free gifts at Amazon.com just search with the word vegan.
Heart Shaped World

A Love-Filled World

Gift giving should be a joyous activity. It should come from the heart and from a place of intention. Gift giving should not be stressful or cause anxiety or break the bank. I encourage everyone to be conscious about their gift giving this year and throughout the coming years. You will find the experience very pleasant and bring much joy to those who receive your gifts. If you choose to purchase a gift, please choose gifts that are cruelty free. If everyone does this, our world will be a much happier place.

 

Here is a wonderful gift – the gift of music – to give to someone you love.  My husband Graham Berry, a multi-instrumentalist, is a gifted musician. This album is all original music, written and performed by Graham. It will truly make everyone who loves music very happy.  To purchase go to itunes.com.  or amazon.com  or play.google.com

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa from all of us at Jazzed Up Veggies. May your celebrations be filled with love and joy and may 2016 be a year filled with happiness and prosperity.

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