Food Containers

29414950_mFood containers are frequently made of plastic that breaks down over time and allows toxic plastic chemicals to leach into food, including phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). If they are not recycled, plastic containers and bags end up in landfills or oceans where they slowly fragment into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic that contaminate water, soil, and marine life. Fortunately, there is a relatively simple solution: use non-plastic food containers, such as stainless steel or glass.

If plastic containers or bags are unavoidable, follow these guidelines:[1]

  • Use only plastic marked as #1, 2, 4, and 5, which are BPA-free.[2] (#3 equals PVC that frequently contains toxic phthalates; #7 equals PC or polycarbonate that contains BPA).
  • Avoid heating plastic in the microwave or with hot water, as this increases the rate of fragmentation and the likelihood of leaching into food.[3] Avoid drinking hot liquids from plastic containers. Wash plastic containers by hand to minimize hot water exposure.
  • Avoid plastic containers that look worn down, faded, or scratched, which may indicate that the plastic is in the process of breaking down.

 

Glass Food Containers

 

Bormioli Food Storage (glass lid with rubber seal)

 

Pyrex Food Storage (non-BPA plastic lid)

 

Glasslock

 

 

Lunch Box Containers

 

LunchBots

 

Clean Planetware

 

 

 Lunch Bags

Organic Cotton Lunch Bags