Food Containers & Storage

The One Thing You Should Always Do Before Recycling Anything — Recycling

Recycling has come a long way in the last decade. It used to be that you could basically only recycle cardboard and aluminum cans — but not, say, cartons made from laminated paper or aluminum foil. Fortunately, technology has improved and people have created a market for items made from recycled materials, so these days we can recycle more and more things.

But there's one thing that hasn't changed from the dawn of recycling: You must, must wash out your containers before you put them in the recycling bin.

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The One Thing You Should Always Do Before Recycling Anything — Recycling

Recycling has come a long way in the last decade. It used to be that you could basically only recycle cardboard and aluminum cans — but not, say, cartons made from laminated paper or aluminum foil. Fortunately, technology has improved and people have created a market for items made from recycled materials, so these days we can recycle more and more things.

But there's one thing that hasn't changed from the dawn of recycling: You must, must wash out your containers before you put them in the recycling bin.

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The One Thing We’re Buying from Anthropologie’s 30 Percent Off Sale — Shopping

Anthropologie is currently having a massive sale: 15 pages of clothing, accessories, and kitchen gear are all 30 percent off. We want many of the things, but it's the end of the month and we have bills to pay. So sadly, that means no pineapple-shaped measuring spoons, no adorable serving bowls, and no table runners. There is one thing, however, that we're definitely buying — as soon as we're done writing this post.

Keep reading to see what it is.

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Ditch the Plastic Wrap and Go Green with These Food Huggers — Amazon Deal of the Day

If you've ever used half a lemon (read: if you cook at all), you know how annoying it can be to try to keep the unused portion fresh. Do you throw it in a plastic baggie? Or cover it in plastic wrap? You don't want the lemon to go to waste, but you also don't want to fill the garbage with unnecessary trash.

Enter: this set of Food Huggers.

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The Storage Bag Trick for Organizing Your Fridge Better — Storage Smarts

I run a tight ship when it comes to my refrigerator. I can't stand a messy fridge, so I spend a lot of time trying to prevent that. I find myself frequently pulling leftovers that have gotten pushed to the back of the fridge to the front so they won't get forgotten about, and lining up various condiments. Beyond this, there is one tool I lean on daily to keep my fridge in the shape I like it: zip-top bags.

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5 Things You Should Know About BPA — Storage Smarts

Studies from the last few years have reported that more than 90 percent of Americans have BPA in their systems. It's hard to avoid: We get most of it by eating food that has been in containers made with BPA. It's also apparently possible to pick up BPA through air, dust, and water.

Don't panic. Instead, take a minute to educate yourself about BPA, the dangers of it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

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