6 Non-Toxic Alternatives To Plastic Containers

Plastic containers emit harmful toxic chemicals

Plastic use is extremely harmful to us human beings. Chemicals in plastic can leech into food and cause a variety of conditions including cancer. Needless to say, the use and disposal of plastic are also very difficult once their usable lifetime is over.

Hence, it is better to consider using alternatives. Let’s look at the safest alternatives in order to avoid the dangerous health hazards of using plastic to store food.1

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Non-Plastic Containers That Are Safe

1. Mason Jars And Glass-Lock Containers

Mason jars are the safest form of food containers

Glassware is the best alternative to plastic containers and are safe.2

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  • Mason jars are perfect vessels for organizing and storing any food item.
  • Ants and spiders cannot harm your food stored in mason jars.
  • Mason jars are ideal to store cooked gravies or broth.
  • Mason jars can be used as canning jars to store preserved food, withstanding the heat and pressure of the canned food.
  • Mason jars can be reused which makes cleanup and storage easy.

Glass lock containers that use tight fitting lids which do not contain bisphenol A (BPA) are a safer option for storage of food items for a longer period. Pyrex glass containers are made with BPA-free plastic lids can be used for serving and storing food. These glass containers are ideal for baking as they don’t deteriorate with time or high temperatures. Glassware can be recycled even if it breaks. You can bake, store, reheat, and serve food using the same dish as they don’t release toxins upon breakage.3

2. Ceramic Containers And Cookware

Ceramic containers hold the flavor of food easier

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Ceramic containers are functional for storing preserved food such as pickles and for use as ovenware. They have a steel core with ceramic coating. The coating is antibacterial, taste-neutral, and nickel-free. They have excellent heat conductivity and hence can cook food quickly. Glass and ceramic are also considered best choices for cooking in the oven making them particularly versatile in use.

Ceramic cookware is an ideal choice for cooking because of the fact that they can resist cracking in under temperature changes. However, care should be taken to ensure that the glazes on your ceramic containers and vessels are lead-free as there is a risk of leachable lead exposure.4

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3. Terracotta Pots And Containers

Made of red clay and it can preserve food easier

Terracotta pots and cookware are made of red clay which is then cured and prepared for use in cooking and storage.5

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  • You can use these terracotta vessels for preparing food and for serving cooked food.
  • Terracotta pots and pitchers can store water and other beverages as they retain the natural flavor of the food.
  • They look simple and durable if handled with care.

4. Wooden Boxes And Containers

Wooden boxes have the natural touch to it

Wooden containers are excellent for storage and preserving.6

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  • Spices can be easily stored as the natural quality of wood preserves the flavor of the item.
  • Wooden boxes are lighter, less fragile, and easy to carry from one place to another.
  • Wooden bins or boxes can be recycled and look beautiful in your kitchen cabinet when neatly stacked.

5. Metal Containers

Metal containers hold hot food better

Chocolates, cookies, and candies that are packed in sturdy metal containers are healthier than ever. These air-locked tins can keep the food items crispy for long. Storing water in copper vessels gives you the purest form of water.7 However, galvanized metal containers is not good for food storage as they leech zinc into the food which can be toxic on consumption. Storing acidic foods in copper containers is also bad for the same reason.8

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Stainless steel containers can be used for storing hot food materials as they don’t corrode. They are ideal for packing lunches and larger ones can be used to store food materials in bulk. They are resistant to breaking, long lasting and can be carried easily along.9

6. Eco-Friendly Containers And Bags

Bamboo containers preserve the flavor of foods

Eco-friendly containers for storing food contributes to saving the planet from plastic landfills that won’t degrade. Here are some eco-friendly container options for you to try out. 10

  • Parchment paper is a great eco-friendly option that can be used in place of plastic wraps, cling wraps, or plastic lids used to cover or store food. It is available in beautiful designs that can be used for candy and butter packaging. It can also be used for lining baking pans.
  • Bamboo fibers are much longer than wood fibers and can be weaved into containers. Food grains like maize, wheat and paddy are stored in special containers made of bamboo called peri or peru in Himalayan regions of India.11
  • Fruits and vegetables last longer stored in cloth bags in a cool, dry place. Leafy vegetables can be stored in cloth bags or wrapped in a damp cloth. Cloth bags can be reused and work well for transport and storage.12
  • Another great alternative to plastic wraps and foil for covering bowls and pots for food storage are reusable silicone lids. They are flexible, strong and long-lasting.13

Your plastic containers may look pretty but aren’t particularly safe considering the harmful effects on human health. Go plastic-free by adopting containers made of naturally sourced ingredients, sturdy metal containers, biodegradable products or glassware. They are much safer, durable and are versatile in use.

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