Plastic Wrap vs. Water/Electricity
I posted this quandry on my blog today, but thought I'd post here and see what you all think.
I've been trying to cut down my use of plastic, and keep what plastic I do use to the recyclable kind (which means anything with a screw on top around here). This means cutting my usage of plastic wrap, which I had been using mainly to cover leftovers in the fridge (I store things in the bowls they'll be served in next to save on dish usage & maximize my own efficiency).
So I started covering bowls with salad plates, which works quite well to keep things from drying out or absorbing fridge smells for a couple days.
The only problem is, this results in more dishes needing to be washed. Since I cook at home almost every night, our dishwasher is already chock full by the time it's loaded in the evening, and now with the extra dishes, the only way I can keep up is to run it twice daily, rather than once daily. Obviously that uses extra water and electricity, not to mention my time loading/unloading twice per day rather than once.
So I'm curious as to how others out there have solved this problem. My husband says that since we don't (and won't) have kids, the extra plastic is cheaper and better in the long run, since we still won't be adding nearly as much plastic to the trash stream in the long run as those who have kids. He thinks it would be better to conserve water and electricity in the long run. And I don't buy plastic storage containers for food, so it's not like we will be tossing a lot of that out eventually either - all my dishes are stoneware or glass (hence the plastic wrap). I do use foodsaver bags for storing food long-term in the freezer...
Anyways, any comments? Which would you choose? Handwashing dishes isn't an option around here - I've never, in my whole life been able to force myself to keep up with the dishes by handwashing them, so I just don't fight it anymore - I'd rather have a clean kitchen daily than constantly battle my own severe dislike of "dish duty".
If they'd just make a compostable/biodegradable plastic film, my problem would be solved...