I have slowly been eliminating plastic containers from my kitchen. With all the information flying around about PCBs and toxicity in plastics, I decided to recycle my glass spaghetti sauce jars, peanut butter and almond jars, and any other jars or bottles that could be repurposed as storage containers for various food items.
Truth be told, I love the look of glass jars full of nuts, grains, and seeds lined up in my pantry. I also use them for leftovers in the fridge, and as flower vases on my windowsill. I store and display loose change and safety pins in vintage ball jars.
Whenever I hit a tag sale, I am on the lookout for gray-lidded Mason/Ball jars, and have incorporated them in my pantry as well. I had accumulated enough Ball Jars to serve as centerpieces for my eldest daughter's June wedding. Beautifully simple!
I have a gluten free kitchen and have invested in lidded jars from Wal-Mart and Target to put my Bob's Red Mill flours, starches and dry mixes. As you will see in the photo below, I labeled the jars with my Dymo Labelmaker to avoid confusion!
So instead of dumping my glass bottles and jars in the recycling bin...I am doing my part to repurpose and beautify my home with new and vintage jars. While I continue to buy plastic bags for lunchbox items...I feel very green when I gaze upon my efforts to reduce my carbon footprint!