From Breast Cancer Prevention Partners: "Toxic chemicals present in food packaging routinely leach into food and get absorbed into people’s bodies. The regulatory system governing the safety of chemicals used in food packaging falls far short of what is needed."
Kick the can.
Many canned food companies continue to use BPA (or bisphenols), an estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer, to line their metal cans. Research shows that BPA migrates from the can lining into our food and then into our bodies. Choose fresh, frozen, or dried, but keep that can opener away.
Skip the plastic.
Plastics can leach harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates into your food and beverages—and then into you. Use glass and stainless-steel food storage containers and water bottles. Never microwave plastic—even “microwave-safe” plastic can leach chemicals into food when heated.
Ditch Teflon pots and pans.
Traditional nonstick pans can be coated in toxic chemicals. While they keep food and stains from sticking, they also stick around in the body for a very long time and may be linked to cancer. Make the switch to stainless steel or cast iron.
My favorite new plastic switch-out is resuable storage bags from Stasher.
And for many great sustainable options, check out my friend Tabitha's web store The Minimal Optimist.