One example can be reusing old 5 gallon plastic buckets to grow food when you don't have enough ground space to plant. This is a great idea under the “Three Rs” rule known as: Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. You may have also seen some YouTube videos and many different "How To" articles for growing food in 5 gallon buckets. I disagree with all of them.
I strongly suggest against reusing any 5 gallon plastic bucket for growing food. Residue from the original contents may remain in the bucket. Products such as Paint, Sheet Rock Spackle, or a toxic cleaning agent, may still lurk within the cracks and corners. In addition, the plastic will contain BPAs (BisPhenol A ) that can leach into the soil and then into your tomato plant, eggplant, or any food, being grown. Now, this won't kill you tomorrow, but why risk adding contributing factors to issues later on in your life. I see this like cigarette smoking, over time you may have problems.
Personally I avoid eating food grown in any plastic container, served in any plastic container, or stored in any plastic container. Only three (3) things Do Not leach carcinogens into our food and drink. They are Glass, Porcelain and Wax Paper. So instead of 5 gallon plastic buckets, try a good old Clay Pot that is just about the same size of any 5 gallon plastic container. Clay pots have been used for thousands of years and still don’t cost much. They can be reused year after year and are great for growing inside when winter arrives. If you wish to learn more facts on BPAs, please use this LINK to visit my page at EnergyHotwire.com.
We all need to live a more sustainable life and growing some of our own food that we consume is definitely part or that solution.
Bill Lauto, at Going True Green
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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