When it comes to establishing an eco-friendlier kitchen, one of the first things to consider is sustainable food storage. According to a study conducted in 2017, 91% of plastics are never recycled, and most end up in landfills.
Sustainable storage is not only better for the environment, but also safer for you and your family. What’s more, some storage containers come in various colours and designs, so it can definitely add some personality to your humble kitchen whilst helping you keep organised.
With the ever-growing amount of eco-friendly storage options available, it may be tough to decide on the best one. To help you out, here are 4 sustainable storage solutions for your kitchen and what they are best used for.
Glass jars are one of the most versatile zero waste food storage solutions you can have in your kitchen. They are commonly used to store dry food items such as pasta, rice, nuts, cereal, snacks and more. These sustainable storage containers typically come with an air-tight lid to keep your food fresh for a long time.
Besides storing dry food items, glass jars can be used to store your leftover liquids – from scrumptious soups to refreshing smoothies. Glass is a non-porous material that would not absorb these liquids the way plastic would, so you can bid farewell to plastic containers smelling like last weekend’s tomato soup even after multiple washes.
Plus, they are transparent – so you would be able to know what is in them at a glance without having to open each individual container.
Stainless steel containers
If you are looking for a storage solution that is incredibly durable, stainless steel containers are your perfect match. Stainless steel is known for its strength as it does not break or crack easily, giving you years of usage!
Just like glass, stainless steel is a non-porous and non-staining material, so even the most fragrant of dishes can be stored in them. This also means that stainless steel does not absorb bacteria -- you can rest assured knowing that your food is kept safe and will pose no harm to you or your family.
Reusable food wraps
Reusable food wraps are a flexible eco-friendly storage solution for those who are looking for an alternative to plastic cling wrap. They are ideal for wrapping around sandwiches, fruits or acting as a lid for a bowl of leftovers.
Reusable food wraps are typically infused with beeswax and have a breathable seal to keep your food fresh all day. They are biodegradable, easy to clean and do not leave any sticky residues behind so you can reuse a single sheet multiple times!
Reusable silicone bags
Reusable silicone food bags work just like the traditional plastic zip-lock bag, but without causing harm to the environment as they can be reused repeatedly! Moreover, food-grade silicone can be safely put in the microwave, freezer, oven and even the dishwasher.
Unlike most plastic storage products, reusable silicone bags can be heated up to high temperatures (good quality silicone food bags can withstand a temperature range of -40 to 250 degrees Celsius), so they are perfect to store your leftovers in. And if you thought it could not get any better, they save a ton of space in your fridge or pantry – so you can keep your kitchen organised with minimal effort. Just imagine a whole row of ingredients or food packed neatly in your freezer or pantry! When not in use, reusable silicone food bags can even be folded or rolled up to save even more space.
Going eco-friendly by reducing our use of plastic and switching to sustainable food storage options is one of the best ways we can do our part in saving our planet. Besides sustainable food storage in your kitchen, you could consider investing in owning a high-quality reusable container for all your takeaway needs!
The Bright Beaver is a homegrown brand in Singapore which aims to help reduce plastic pollution and encourage sustainable lifestyles with our eco-friendly products. If you are on the hunt for reusable silicone ziplock bags to store your snacks and leftovers in, look no further. Our Prota Roll and Prota Sleek ranges allow you to pack your food in a minimalist reusable bag whilst saving the environment. Our silicone zip-lock bags are able to withstand high and low temperatures (read: -40 to 250 degrees Celsius), so you can chuck them in the freezer or microwave without worrying that your food might go bad.
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