Plastic Free Food Storage
Open your cupboard and count how many Plastic Food Container or Plastic Foil you have.
If I think back, I had a lot of plastic container! Even some container without lids...
Since I move away from all new plastics, I see there are so many alternatives out there. I used some of them already before I moved towards a plastic free living. Like if I bought something in a glass jar, I just reused it for storage or lunch to go.
I didn't recommend to throw away all the plastic container you have if they're still good to use (no scratches, no broken lids, etc.), because the plastic free journey is not only about not buying any new plastic it is also about using what you already have and send less plastic to landfill... That includes the plastic you already have in your life. If you really want to get rid of your plastic items that are still good to use, you can donate them or sell them on.
If you buy reusables you will maybe think: Oh man that is a little more expensive than the single use/throw away product but think longterm... If you don't need to buy this product again and again because you can reuse it, you will safe a lot of money on the long run.
Let's start with a few alternatives for food storage besides the plastic:
1) Glass Jars
Glass is one of the safest alternative to plastic container. It doesn't leak any chemicals into the food, it lasts for a long time, it's endlessly recyclable and you can get it really cheap too.
And it looks really nice to see granola, sugar, flour or tea through the glass in the shelf.
2) Stainless steel
Like for bottles, Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel is a safe alternative to plastic and will simply not leach any substances to or from your food.
You will find fancy and more expensive food container but also cheaper non brand ones, or have a look through a good sorted thrift store or flea market.
3) Beeswax Wrap
If you have precut fruit or cheese or anything else, most people would normally wrap it in a plastic foil.
Beeswax Wrap is not a vegan, but a plastic free option. You will find people on Etsy selling selfmade Beeswax Wraps or you can buy them in some organic stores, Zero Waste Stores or Online in Shops like Life Without Plastic.
It is reusable, washable and if it get's a little stiff you only need to go over it with a hot iron and it is good to go again.
Or just use a plate to cover your left over food:
I didn't use any foil for food leftovers any time. I always filled it in a bowl and put a plate on top.
So if you don't have or don't want to buy any new container just use what you have.
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