Food storage containers offer an array of benefits, most notably keeping foods fresh and free of bacteria and mold. Proper food storage can not only help prevent spoilage and associated foodborne illnesses, it can also help you save money and reduce waste.
Sure, food storage containers are convenient for housing leftovers and transporting food home from a restaurant or to work or school. They’re also great for beach days, picnics at the park and general travel. But did you realize that every time you opt for a reusable storage container instead of a carboard or plastic box or a sandwich bag, you’re doing your part to cut down on waste? And if you choose to eat directly from the container instead of transferring your food to a paper plate, you’ll be protecting the planet even further.
How to choose food storage containers
Food storage containers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be made of glass, plastic or stainless steel. Many are designed to withstand the cold temperatures of the freezer and/or hot temperatures of the microwave.
Here are a few additional considerations when selecting food storage containers for low-waste living:
- Make sure the container is airtight (to prevent moisture)
- Choose a container that is scratch resistant
- Opt for a container that can withstand temperature fluctuations without cracking or warping
- If choosing a plastic container, make sure it is free of potentially harmful Bisphenol-A (BPA)
- Choose a dishwasher safe container for added convenience
Eco-friendly food storage containers
Ready to say goodbye to your wasteful ways and start using food storage containers? Following are some popular picks to try:
Skip the disposable sandwich bags and try this reusable sandwich container instead! “Perfect for leftovers, salads and sandwiches,” it’s BPA-free, microwave- and dishwasher-safe and made “from 100% BPA free, recycled #5 plastic.”
“Pack entrees, salads, muffins and more, while saving trash from our ever-growing landfills” with this spacious storage container. Made of sturdy stainless steel, it boasts a leak-resistant #4 plastic lid and the metal container can be cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher. Free of BPA, phthalates and lead!
This “seriously safe” reusable storage container has a convenient divider which allows you to separate various foods with ease (no touching!). It’s made of food-grade stainless steel and contains no toxins. Plus, it won’t produce an unpleasant plastic taste, so you can fully enjoy your “litter-free lunch!”
Keep these BPA-free, dishwasher-safe food storage containers stocked with your favorite fruits and veggies! Their “FreshVent technology regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide” to help keep produce fresh and flavorful. Includes two medium containers and one large container!
This reusable sandwich cube is another great alternative to disposable sandwich bags. “Made from a lightweight, fridge friendly and food-safe silicone material,” it’s durable, easy to clean and boasts a convenient zipper closure for “hassle-free opening.”
Searching for a generous container to store cereal, coffee beans, dried fruit, grains and more? This 1.7-quart, BPA-free container is the perfect addition to any pantry! In addition to its airtight seal, it features an easy-to-use pop-up button and can be stacked to save space!
These BPA-free, lead-free, phthlate-free stainless steel stackable containers are perfect for packing small amounts of foods such as nuts, raisins, olives and dips for easy one-the-go snacking or lunches. A set includes three — but you’re going to want to order more!