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Stainless steel food container and glass jars

Plastic free food storage: stainless steel or glass jars

When it comes to food storage and take away, you might have heard that if you store hot food and drinks in plastic the chemicals in the plastic could leach more easy into your food/drink. 

Plastic producers will say: everything is safe when it is BPA free!
People concerned about health and plastic will definitely tell you there are more potentially harmful chemicals in plastic than just BPA and chemicals will leach more easily when in contact with heat.

Choose for yourself. I myself still use my foldable silicone container to pack food when traveling and hiking. But I do try not to fill it with hot food. 
I would use old plastic container to store dry food like beans, lentils, rice, or also non food stuff etc. To avoid throwing them away. 

Trying to live low waste and striving a plastic reduced life certainly can make you want all the fancy zero waste stuff. But first this would become very expensive, and secondly it is not necessary. 

You could reuse glass jars from pickles or sauces!
Or try and look for second hand ceramic or stainless steel container and just use what you have before throwing it all out. At the end it is all about sending less to landfill. So just disposing all the plastic that is in your life already would not make sense.

Reuse jars if you buy jam, mustard, pickles etc in jars.
Glass jars are also easily found in thrift stores or online if you like glass more. Perfect for coffee to go too!

Stainless steel

Why switch to stainless steel?

Stainless Steel Food Grade 304 is a healthy and safe alternative for plastic.
It is perfect for take away or food storage. 

You can fill it with hot food and no chemicals will leach into your food. It will just get a little hot, so put a cloth around it. Yes, they might be a little expensive to purchase, but they will last forever… Not like the plastic container that will break after a little while and then end up on landfill.

You can also purchase them second hand on online second hand platforms or thrift stores. 

There is a huge variety of different sizes and forms for stainless steel container, so pick your favorite and enjoy:

3 tier lunch box system from India. 

Perfect for salads, overnight oats, sandwiches, soup (just don’t fill the soup to the very top) etc…

3 in one Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box.

Holding up to 6 cups of food.

Glass jars

I haven’t bought a new glass jar ever. I actually always reuse glass jars when I buy pickles, tomato sauce, vegan spread, etc.

Or if you have a good thrift store in town I bet you will find a lot of glass jars too. Or ask friends and family to save some for you.

Glass is a very safe material and endlessly recyclable. It won’t leach any toxins into your food or drinks.
You can even freeze food in glass jars. Just make sure that you use glasses without shoulders, leave enough space on top (because liquids spread out when freezing) and make sure its all cold before you put them into the freezer.

I love jars for coffee to go, for bulk shopping, for my lunch (salads, soups, berries, chia pudding, etc.), for leftovers (at home and when eating out) or for storing selfmade food (sauces, hummus, sunflower spread, etc.) 

Nowadays you will also find a lot of different lids for mason jars.

Mason jar

Perfect for a smoothie or coffee to go. But also for storing food and bulk shopping.

Airtight jars

I love these jars in my kitchen. Looks nice to see what’s inside. And perfect for storing homemade cookies or even use as a gift filled with delicious somethings.


If a lid gets rusty, no need to discard the whole jar. Buy new lids.
Or if you like to drink while you go, you can find lids with a straw hole, to use your reusable straw for the to go smoothie. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. We are also affiliate partner for other programs/stores like shareasale,, etc. 

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