Reducing waste in your kitchen doesn’t end when you’re done cooking. How you store your leftovers has a huge impact on how much plastic waste you generate. Here are a few of our favorite food storage products that will truly help you prevent waste in all its forms.
For Snacks and Meal Prep, Try: S’well S’nack Savers
Our friends at S’well don’t just make those stylish water bottles you’re seeing everywhere; they also make nifty containers for keeping your favorite snacks and lunches fresh and your dinner prep ingredients accessible. Their line of food storage solutions is one of the most fun additions we’ve seen in the space recently, and we’re over the moon to partner with them on our brand new S’well S’nack Saver containers. Add one to your next Imperfect order to get snacking in style.
For Replacing Plastic Bags, Try: Stasher
Stasher bags are fully reusable silicone food storage bags that will have you locking Ziploc bags out of your life for good. They’re durable, dishwasher safe, endlessly reusable, and made with non-toxic materials. Their bags come in a wide range of sizes and are perfect for storing that sandwich or taking some of our Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pieces on a hike.
For Replacing Plastic Wrap, Try: Abeego
Imagine if food wrap wasn’t so cumbersome and wasteful to use. That’s Abeego! Abeego makes reusable food wraps made with beeswax that are washable, reusable for up to a year, and then biodegradable after that. They’re not just a better alternative to plastic wrap, though. They’re also breathable, which makes foods last longer in your fridge. Between chatting with their founder on our podcast and using their wraps religiously in our kitchens, there’s a lot of buzz about Abeego at Imperfect.
You can also make your own beeswax wraps with this easy tutorial by upcycling old (but clean) dishcloths or going to the thrift store and picking out a linen tablecloth with a funky pattern and cutting it into squares.
For Keeping Food Fresh for Longer, Try: Rubbermaid Freshworks
We’re normally skeptical of food storage products with claims like this, but these containers truly keep fragile produce like berries and loose lettuce fresh for way longer than most other storage solutions. An elevated tray on the bottom keeps moisture away from your food and promotes air circulation, while a filter in the top regulates how much CO2 and oxygen there is inside. All this fancy technology keeps your precious produce from wilting or molding before you’re ready to eat it.
For a Stylish and Functional Centerpiece, Try: Emile Henry French Ceramic Kitchen Storage Collection
Few things look more inviting than a big bowl of seasonal produce. But it’s best to thoughtfully separate your produce to prevent those hyperactive pears and gassy apples from pressing fast forward on your beloved onions and potatoes. This charming ceramic produce bowl solves a lot of these problems with a two-tiered storage solution that keeps things that prefer the dark (like onions or potatoes) in a lower level, while letting items like pears and apples breathe freely up top. It’s an elegant solution to a food storage conundrum that makes your kitchen as classy as it is functional!
For a Versatile Workhorse Item, Try: Ball Jars
They may be trendy and they’re certainly not new, but few things are a better investment for a sustainable and functional kitchen in our experience. Glass jars are ideal for leftover soups and sauces and are also the perfect vessel for pickling or fermenting your favorite fruits or veggies. We recommend loading up on larger sizes for batches of stock and pickles, and smaller sizes for jams, sauces, and dips.
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