Switching to plastic-free food containers has gained a lot of steam over the last decade. With glass and stainless steel being the main alternatives, how do you choose? Both containers have great advantages, like being BPA-free and long-lasting. To help you make the right decision, here's a list of pros and cons for each.
The use of both glass and stainless steel food containers allow you to avoid toxins, like BPA and phthalates, that can leech into food from conventional plastic containers. Going plastic-free is not only healthier for you, it also reduces our planet's problem with plastic waste.
Steel Container Pros:
- Extremely lightweight, making it easy to toss into your bag or briefcase
- Durable and long-lasting
- Made of 100% food-safe steel
Steel Container Cons:
- Not microwaveable
- Not leakproof
Glass Container Pros:
- Transfers easily from the refrigerator to the microwave or oven
- Tempered varieties like these allow you to bake in them, then stores any leftovers.
- Looks attractive enough to serve on your tabletop.
- Transparent, making it easy to identify and manage the food in your fridge.
- Leak-proof options are available.
Glass Container Cons:
- On the heavier side in terms of portability, especially when carrying multiples.
- Prone to breaking
Whether one or the other is the right fit for you depends on your lifestyle. If you're someone who's on-the-go, steel containers are the clear winner. Their lightweight portability making them convenient to take to work, a picnic in the park, or even on a hike. If you're more the homebody, glass containers' versatility makes it the obvious winner. It acts as cookware, serveware, and premium storage.