As if food waste wasn’t already an issue on its own, the way people choose to store their food can also have a negative impact on the environment.
Being a college student, I have become an avid leftover-eater and rarely allow food to go to waste, primarily due to the fact that I am on a tight budget. A bonus is that this lifestyle is much better for the environment.
While trying to save money and be less wasteful at the same time, I have tried storing my food in many different ways. It is so easy to fall into the trap of taking the easy yet more wasteful way out by using single-use items such as plastic wrap, plastic bags and tinfoil.
Luckily there are a plethora of sustainable and reusable alternatives to these types of products, and they may even save you money in the long-run. Interested? Keep on reading to learn about some of these sustainable alternatives in which you can store your food.
Beeswax wraps are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. They provide the same ease of use and convenience without the unnecessary waste. Generally made of natural cotton and beeswax, these handy little sheets are safer to store food in than plastics that may contain toxic chemicals such as BPA.
The best part is they will last you a long time, so you won’t have to pick up new ones for months! You can even make these at home and then compost them when you’re done.
2. Glass Containers
It may seem like a no-brainer, but simply choosing to buy glass containers rather than plastic ones is a great form of sustainable food storage. Unlike plastic containers, glass will not stain and it is safe to reheat food in.
3. Old Containers
Simply reusing old containers is an easy, zero-waste way to store your food. Those empty pasta sauce jars you were about to recycle? Use them to store nuts, coffee grounds, fruit — you name it.
4. Silicone Bags
These types of bags are the perfect alternative to the classic yet wasteful ziplock bags. What surprised me the most about these products is the fact that they are microwave and dishwasher safe, and they can even be used to cook food in the oven (crazy, right?). They come in various sizes and shapes to accommodate any type of food storage you could ever possibly need. Stasher is the most popular brand for these types of bags.
Last but not least, cotton produce bags are the perfect form of storage for loose vegetables and fruits. Rather than grabbing a plastic bag provided at grocery stores, just bring one of these with you and throw in anything you’d like. When they get dirty, just throw them in the wash and voila! Good as new.
Got Any Food Storage Tips for Us?
I hope this short guide was helpful and is something that can be of use going forward when looking for better alternatives for food storage. Conventional food storage products are extremely wasteful and detrimental to the environment, so even making a single switch has the ability to make a difference.
Do you have any tips or tricks for a more eco-friendly way to store food? Drop them in the comments below!
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