plas•tic al•ba•tross
(plas-tik lb-tros)

1. The Plastic Albatross is a community-focused campaign that provides helpful information about toxins in PLASTICS and other household products, and how these substances affect our health and environment.

2. We encourage local families, businesses, and organizations to limit their exposure to and consumption of plastic and commonly used toxic chemicals to work toward a toxin-free future!

Jan
31
2010

How To Be Plastic-Free: Visit a Butcher

Butcher Paper

Butcher Paper

Since high levels of toxins bioaccumulate in animals and fish, avoiding toxins often means giving up meat. Another good reason to choose vegetarianism. However, for those omnivores trying to avoid plastic-packaged food, buying organic, grass-finished meat from the farmers market or food coop presents a BIG dilemma.

Plastic packaging of organic meat, while protecting it from spoilage and making it visible to consumers for inspection, seems unwise. All plastic leaches, especially when in contact with oily/fatty foods and during temperature extremes. “Food-safe” plastic is currently deemed safe for use, but previously-safe plastics (like PVC, the original plastic wrap) are now considered toxic. When it comes to food, I follow the Precautionary Principle.

So, what’s a omnivore to do?

Visit an organic butcher and ask for paper packaging!

I prefer not to eat meat, but my long list of food allergies makes it one of the few protein sources I can consume. After much searching, I’ve discovered the recently opened Meat Hook in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

While they do have plastic on hand, you can request that your meat be wrapped-up, plastic-free, with traditional butcher’s paper. Most of their meat ships from Kinderhook Farms (Animal Welfare Approved) and arrives whole or in sides. One of the owners assured me that very little plastic had ever touched the meat.

** UPDATE **

Dickson’s Farmstand at Chelsea Market in NYC is another great “plastic-free” butcher.