Top 10 Best Non-Toxic & Plastic-Free Food Storage Containers

Stop storing your healthy leftovers in plastic containers! Make the switch to non-toxic and plastic-free food storage containers for a healthy home and healthy body. We’ve found 10 non-toxic food storage containers with 100% plastic-free lids! 

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If you’re trying to rid your kitchen of plastic, using plastic-free food storage containers is a great place to start. By ditching plastic food storage, you’re one step closer to reducing the toxins in your home. There are many non-reactive, non-toxic materials that work well for food storage, including glass, high quality stainless steel, silicone and ceramic. 

I’ve been using glass food storage for years, but one detail I managed to overlook was the plastic lids. Plastic lids can come into contact with food, and they also get carelessly tossed in the dishwasher, where the high heat causes them to leach harmful chemicals. like Bisphenols (including BPA and BPS).

What’s the concern with plastic food containers and plastic lids?

Plasticizers like Bisphenol (BPA, BPS and BPF)  are synthetic chemical compounds found in plastic food storage containers and lids. 

Bisphenols are endocrine disruptors, and can have adverse effects on male and female infertility, puberty, and can potentially play a role in hormone dependent tumors (breast and prostate), among other health issues. According to a 2020 study, BPS can have the same harmful properties as BPA.

It really bothered me that when I stuffed a glass food storage container full of leftovers, the top of the food touched the plastic lid. Plastic lids can leach plasticizers into food just as readily as a plastic container can. 

A plastic lid may have a “dishwasher safe” stamp of approval, but that simply means the plastic lids won’t melt in the dishwasher when exposed to high heat. If you’re putting the plastic lids in the dishwasher, they will heat up enough to leach harmful chemicals. 

That’s why I set out to find non-toxic food storage containers with plastic-free lids. Food grade, high quality silicone with no fillers can safely be cleaned in the dishwasher. Wooden lids are a safer option than plastic, although they can’t go in the dishwasher.

I’ve found the 10 best non-toxic and plastic-free food storage containers below that are 100% plastic-free for a healthy and sustainable home. 

Frego

Frego Glass & Silicone Food Containers– All components are safe in a dishwasher, and will not release toxic chemicals or deteriorate with time. SoftSnap™ dual lock lid seals tight, keeps food fresh and prevents spills and leaks.
Key Materials– Borosilicate glass, food-grade silicone lids and sleeves.
Safe In– Dishwasher, oven, microwave, freezer, fridge
What I love– I recently got a set of these Frego Glass & Silicone Food Containers– I love how thick and sturdy the glass is, and the silicone lids seal tightly. 

Pyrex

Pyrex 10-Piece Glass Food Storage Set– Both the containers and the lids are made of durable glass, which allow you to easily view the contents and to be assured that your food will not come into contact with harmful chemicals. Silicone rims ensure an airtight, leak-proof seal and are oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.
Key Materials– High quality tempered glass, food-grade silicone and glass lids.
Safe In– Dishwasher, oven, microwave, freezer, fridge
What I love– I’m a huge fan of Pyrex, and I love the fact that the lids for this Pyrex 10-Piece Glass Food Storage Set are 100% plastic-free!

Pyrex

Pyrex 6-Piece Glass Food Storage With Wood Lids– Glass and acacia wood with silicone gaskets (the lids are hand wash only, but plastic-free).
Key Materials– High quality tempered glass, acacia wood lids.
Safe In– Dishwasher*, oven, microwave, freezer, fridge. *The lids are not dishwasher safe.
What I love– This Pyrex 6-Piece Glass Food Storage With Wood Lids has a lovely, plastic-free design. I would gladly leave this set out on the counter!

Caraway

Caraway Ceramic Food Storage Set– This 14-Piece set features glass containers with a non-toxic ceramic coating and tight sealed glass and silicone lids. This Food Storage Set’s coating does not include potentially toxic materials like PFOA, PTFE, other PFAs, BPA, BPS, lead, cadmium, or toxic metals.
Key Materials– Ceramic-coated glass body, food-grade silicone and glass lids
Safe In– Dishwasher, microwave*, oven*, freezer, fridge. *Container Lids and Inserts Not Microwave or Oven Safe
What I love– I have some Caraway baking and frying pans and I love them! This Caraway Ceramic Food Storage Set looks like they stack well and have a beautiful aesthetic, plus food won’t stick!

Anyday

Anyday Starter Set– These glass dishes were specifically designed for cooking in the microwave. They’re made of sturdy frosted borosilicate glass to go seamlessly from microwave to table to dishwasher. The silicone-rimmed glass lid keeps the steam in the dish when you’re cooking, resulting in delicious, evenly cooked food!
Key Materials– Frosted borosilicate glass, food-grade silicone and glass lids with a stainless steel band (oddly, this is microwave safe)
Safe In– Dishwasher, microwave, freezer, fridge, oven (up to 500℉ body, up to 400℉ lid).
What I love– I’m so intrigued by this Anyday Starter Set that’s designed for cooking, but also works great for food storage. Bonus﹣they stack perfectly!

Ukonserve

Ukonserve Stainless Steel Lunch Containers– Leak-proof to keep food fresh and prevent spills. Perfect waste-free solution for kids lunches, snacks, and main meals. Ideal for kitchen organization, meal prep and leftovers. Free of BPA, BPS, phthalates and lead.
Key Materials– 18/8 stainless steel containers with platinum-grade silicone lids that pass strict EU LFGB standards.
Safe In– Dishwasher, freezer. Stainless steel containers can go in the oven up to 300℉.
What I love– Both of my daughters use these Ukonserve Stainless Steel Lunch Containers for school lunches- I’m impressed that the lids stay on and the body and lids go right in the dishwasher!

Bklyn Bento

Bklyn Bento– Great for on-the-go, school lunches and more. 100% Leakproof. The silicone does not contain fillers.
Key Materials– 18/8 stainless steel containers with 100% Pure LFGB Silicone lids.
Safe In– Dishwasher, freezer, fridge
What I love– The fact that these Bklyn Bento containers are 100% leakproof!

RareCi

RareCi Glass Food Storage Jars– Made of borosilicate glass. Lead-free and BPA-free. These are perfect for the pantry!
Key Materials– Borosilicate glass body, bamboo lids with food-grade silicone sealing ring.
Safe In– Fridge, Dishwasher*. *The lids are not dishwasher safe.
What I love– These RareCi Glass Food Storage Jars are a stylish and non-toxic way to store pantry items like coffee beans.

Elk & Friends

Elk & Friends Glass Baby Food Jars– These borosilicate glass baby food jars are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. The lids are food-grade silicone and leakproof.
Key Materials– Borosilicate glass body, food-grade silicone lids.
Safe In– Dishwasher, oven, microwave, freezer, fridge
What I love– These Elk & Friends Glass Baby Food Jars are 100% leakproof!

Haakaa

Haakaa Glass Baby Food Jars– These baby food storage jars are made with borosilicate glass with clearly marked measurements on the side of each jar.
Key Materials– Borosilicate glass body, food-grade silicone lids
Safe In– Dishwasher, microwave, oven, sterilizers, freezer, fridge
What I love– These Haakaa Glass Baby Food Jars have marked measurements on the side, which can be very helpful!

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