The eco friendly alternative to plastic tupperware

Glass tupperware
The perfect solution to plastic tupperware

Do you ever wonder what we used before plastic tupperware? We’ve been using it for years and it has only come to light fairly recently that is isn’t necessarily the healthiest material to be storing and reheating food in.

Many plastic tupperware containers and bottles contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) which when scratched or heated up the chemical can be released. Due to limited research a direct correlation between ingesting BPA’s and ill health can’t be proven but Canada and some American states have banned the use of BPA in baby feeding bottles.

I for one was not keen on using plastic food storage containers after hearing this and sought a more sustainable and long lasting solution to plastic. I had been told that Ikea were selling glass food storage containers so I went and bought two which, at the time, came with plastic lids but are now sold with bamboo lids (This weekend I ended up buying another five once I found out they came with bamboo lids!).

Bamboo and glass tupperware

On the Ikea website there are multiple sizes, I use the 600ml one as it’s the perfect lunch size for me. They are also sold in TKMaxx and are widely available online.

Glass storage containers appealed to me from the off as they are easily washable, don’t stain, are chemical free, and are microwavable, oven and dishwasher safe. A major bonus to using glass containers is that they are super handy if you do meal prep because you can put them in the oven and once they’ve cooled just pop the lid on and put in the fridge – no one can argue with less washing up!

Now while they are great in so many ways the downfall for me is the weight. Taking it on my commute into London does weigh my bag down a little but then again what’s a little weight when you’re saving on plastic?

Pros

  • Really easy to clean and food doesn’t get stuck on
  • Microwavable, oven safe and dishwasher safe
  • Chemical free unlike plastic
  • Don’t stain
  • Strong and durable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Some come with plastic lids but many others do not

Glass tupperwares are the future and I’ll be phasing out my plastic containers as they wear out. Perfect for meal prep and storing leftover food I can safely say I’ll never be buying plastic again!

Lauren works for a public health charity, is our resident vegetarian (11years!) and volunteers for an animal charity in her spare time. Her favourite eco product is the Face Halo.

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