Aug 20, 2018
by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Summer is wrapping up and parents are entering back-to-school mode, making it a great time to stock up on food storage containers.
Whether it’s for packing school lunches, or preparing meals in advance, food storage containers are convenient for storing and transporting food. While plastic containers are the most popular type, there are great, nontoxic options to consider. Nontoxic food containers can also offer convenience with far fewer chemical exposures.
One of the most common types of food storage containers is plastic. It’s light-weight and convenient. However, they are made of several types of chemicals. Below are a few:
Chemicals often found in plastic food containers have been linked to liver and kidney damage, birth defects, infertility, obesity, endometriosis, allergies, asthma, several types of cancer, thyroid dysfunction, birth defects and damage to the immune system. They also may be linked to neurotoxicity, brain development and behavioral issues in children. While single or occasional exposures may not necessarily harm, why not take precautionary measures and reduce exposures when you can.
The best nontoxic food storage containers are typically made of stainless steel, glass, ceramic, or stoneware. You may want to consider what type of container will be most useful depending on the food situation. Below are three common uses for food storage, and nontoxic options for each.
Stocking up on food storage containers typically means reaching for the light-weight plastic. Consider nontoxic alternatives this back-to-school season by using stainless steel instead.
When transporting food isn’t a priority, consider storing leftovers in glass, ceramic (1), or stoneware containers.
When grocery shopping, consider buying food and beverages stored in glass containers. Beverages that come in glass are still convenient and transport easily.
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Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.