4 Food Storage Solutions That Are Not Made of Plastic

Abigail Blank - The Upside Blog | Vitacost.com/blog

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

You’ve seen the pictures. Plastic waste is ruining everything. From our oceans to our landfills a plethora of plastic bottles, straws, discarded food containers, and more have filled our planet with post-consumer waste that runs a chance of outlasting cockroaches in a nuclear disaster. We’ve created our own dystopian nightmare and its evil empire is operating in a fortress of BPA laden plastic bowls and #1 recyclable water bottles.

4 Food Storage Containers That Aren't Made of Plastic

We’ve got to change our ways. With a few small changes in your every day life you can make a big impact on the future of our planet.

Lose the plastic lunch bags

You don’t have to go as far as those uber fancy bento boxes with hand carved cheddar cheese fish and snap peas you grew in your garden, but packing lunch in one of these handy stainless steel containers provides versatility and sustainability.

2. Ditch old school plastic food storage

Mason jars aren’t just for rustic themed weddings and tex-mex restaurants. Inexpensive, sturdy, and endlessly reusable, mason jars come in a variety of sizes for storing everything from sauces to salads.

3. Pack it in paper

Paper bags are reusable, recyclable, often compostable, and made from fifty percent post consumer fibers. They can be a good compromise when you’re looking for something convenient and simple but still eco-friendly.

4. Replace your plastic wrap

Plastic cling film is one of the nastiest plastic products out there. And once you heat that stuff up in the microwave it’s basically a chemical bomb. Try using unbleached wax coated paper instead to wrap and store your food. Chlorine free and made without petroleum based paraffin, it’s a much safer and healthier alternative.