Safer Food Storage Container Guide

Safe Food Storage Container Guide

Are you sick and tired of wondering which food storage containers are truly safe?  It's tough to tell, even when they're labeled as “BPA-free” these days.

We've spent the last five years researching and updating our list of storage systems that are made with materials that have long-standing safety records, like glass, stainless steel, silicone, polypropylene and polyethylene.  We've been careful to confirm that no BPA-based colorants are used in any of the plastic components too.

It's amazing now to sit back and look over the sheer number of readily available products.  We're positive you'll find non-toxic dishes and food storage containers that will fit your needs perfectly!

P.S.  Be sure to let us know in the comments if we've missed any of your favorite containers in our latest update.

Safe Food Storage Container Guide

 
Innate MC2 Food Container
Kinderville Silicone Dishes and Storage Jars
Thinkbaby Stainless Steel Insulated Bento Box
Pyrex Containers
Corningware Bake and Serve Dishes
Corelle Food Storage Bowls
Anchor Hocking TrueSeal Food Storage Set
Tempered Glasslock Microwave & Oven Safe Storage Containers
Ikea Foodsaver Food Containers
Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Fun Glass Storage Containers
Onyx Airtight Glass Containers
ECOLunchbox Blue Water Bento with Silicone Lid
LunchBots Clicks Leak Proof Stainless Steel Food Containers
To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Snack Containers
Calphalon Pantryware Stainless Canisters with Glass Lids
Zevro Vac 'n Save Ruby Vacuum-Sealing Containers
Libbey Bowls with BPA-free Plastic Lids
Snapware Total Solution Pyrex Glass Food Storage Set
Kids Konserve Food Kozy
Lunchskins Reusable Food Bags
SnackTAXI Sandwich Sack
Abeego Food Storage Flats
 

Check back often, as we'll continue to update our list as we come across more safer food storage containers!

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168 Responses to Safer Food Storage Container Guide

  1. willowsprite January 18, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Wow, cool! So will you be selling all of these? 😉

  2. rachel lebovits January 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    what is the story with tupperware is it bpa free and pvc free i have the newer stuff from this year and last year

  3. rachel lebovits January 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    what is the story with tupperware is it bpa free and pvc free i have the newer stuff from this year and last year

  4. softlanding
    softlanding January 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Rachel,

    Some Tupperware products are still made with polycarbonate plastic (containing BPA). They make it very clear that they see no issue with using it and have plans to continue doing so. At least they now have a list of products and the type plastic used posted on their website now. You can cross-check it before purchasing any Tupperware products here.

    Hope that helps,

    Alicia

  5. softlanding
    softlanding January 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi Willowsprite,

    Glad you like it!

    No, we most likely won’t be carrying all of the products listed. We’ll pick our very favorites (and would love to hear yours too), because we have limited warehouse space with the other 40+ brands we sell now 🙂

    Alicia

  6. Multi-Tasking Mommy January 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Thank you so much for this post!

    And the pics, those are super helpful!

  7. softlanding
    softlanding January 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    You’re very welcome, Multi-Tasking Mommy! We’re thrilled to hear you found it helpful 🙂

    Alicia

  8. softlanding
    softlanding January 18, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Hi Rachel,

    Some Tupperware products are still made with polycarbonate plastic (containing BPA). They make it very clear that they see no issue with using it and have plans to continue doing so. At least they now have a list of products and the type plastic used posted on their website now. You can cross-check it before purchasing any Tupperware products here.

    Hope that helps,

    Alicia

    • Dawn May 5, 2011 at 2:32 am #

      TW has always been phthalate free, and has been BPA free since 2010. Only certain micro products and a few others ever contained BPA, but now it is all BPA-free.

  9. softlanding
    softlanding January 18, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi Willowsprite,

    Glad you like it!

    No, we most likely won’t be carrying all of the products listed. We’ll pick our very favorites (and would love to hear yours too), because we have limited warehouse space with the other 40+ brands we sell now 🙂

    Alicia

  10. Multi-Tasking Mommy January 19, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    Thank you so much for this post!

    And the pics, those are super helpful!

  11. softlanding
    softlanding January 19, 2009 at 2:28 am #

    You’re very welcome, Multi-Tasking Mommy! We’re thrilled to hear you found it helpful 🙂

    Alicia

  12. willowsprite January 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    We don’t seem to have that much variety here in Canada. We have Anchor, Pyrex, Corelle, Corningware and Thermos, though. I would love to have the Snapware glasslock! They look perfect for leftovers.

  13. willowsprite January 19, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    We don’t seem to have that much variety here in Canada. We have Anchor, Pyrex, Corelle, Corningware and Thermos, though. I would love to have the Snapware glasslock! They look perfect for leftovers.

  14. Fiona January 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Thanks for the info.! It is really good to know that I already own something that is free of all the chemicals.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on a blender/processor/hand held blender I can use for making baby food? I obviously want something that is BPA, PVC, and phthalate free. But also I don’t want to spend more than $50 for it.

    Thanks.

  15. Fiona January 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanks for the info.! It is really good to know that I already own something that is free of all the chemicals.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on a blender/processor/hand held blender I can use for making baby food? I obviously want something that is BPA, PVC, and phthalate free. But also I don’t want to spend more than $50 for it.

    Thanks.

  16. SaraR January 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm #

    Thanks for a very informative post. I’ve been wanting to convert my plastic storage to glass. It’s been a slow process. I just recently came across some Anchor container on special and got those. Now I have a better idea of my options.

  17. Sara January 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    Thanks for a very informative post. I’ve been wanting to convert my plastic storage to glass. It’s been a slow process. I just recently came across some Anchor container on special and got those. Now I have a better idea of my options.

  18. softlanding
    softlanding January 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    Hi Fiona,

    You’re welcome! We’re just getting started on food processors and will be writing an article with our findings soon.

    Alicia

  19. Fiona January 21, 2009 at 1:52 am #

    That sounds great Alicia. I have not had much luck, and when I call some of these companies about it, they have no idea what I’m talking about.

    When do you think the article might be ready? Just wondering cause I will start baby food with my son in less than a month.

    Thanks.

  20. Fiona January 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    That sounds great Alicia. I have not had much luck, and when I call some of these companies about it, they have no idea what I’m talking about.

    When do you think the article might be ready? Just wondering cause I will start baby food with my son in less than a month.

    Thanks.

  21. softlanding
    softlanding January 21, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    Hi Fiona,

    You’re welcome! We’re just getting started on food processors and will be writing an article with our findings soon.

    Alicia

  22. Donielle @ Raising Peanuts January 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing those! Now that I have my cookware replaced w/ non toxic stuff, I’m working on my food storage. What a great reference!

  23. Donielle @ Raising Peanuts January 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing those! Now that I have my cookware replaced w/ non toxic stuff, I’m working on my food storage. What a great reference!

  24. Ona January 31, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    The Aladdin products are fantastic. I recommend them.

  25. Ona January 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    The Aladdin products are fantastic. I recommend them.

  26. ikea kitchens January 31, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    Perhaps I missed it, but in addition to this excellent posting, I would also find it invaluable to have a review of testing results on plastic water bottles. We currently consume all our water from Poland Spring which now comes packaged in an “eco-shaped” bottle containing 30% less plastic… and that’s great for the environment… but is there anything being done about testing and reducing PVCs from leeching into the water itself.

  27. ikea kitchens February 1, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    Perhaps I missed it, but in addition to this excellent posting, I would also find it invaluable to have a review of testing results on plastic water bottles. We currently consume all our water from Poland Spring which now comes packaged in an “eco-shaped” bottle containing 30% less plastic… and that’s great for the environment… but is there anything being done about testing and reducing PVCs from leeching into the water itself.

  28. Kate February 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Pyrex as you know do glass containers. I just received some today and the lids are PBA free. Worth noting. Great website by the way.

  29. Kate February 5, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    Pyrex as you know do glass containers. I just received some today and the lids are PBA free. Worth noting. Great website by the way.

  30. Jen February 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    What do you know about Rubbermaid stuff? I ‘ve been using them because they’re BPA free but not sure about phthalates and PVC?

    Thanks for the list.

  31. Jen February 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    What do you know about Rubbermaid stuff? I ‘ve been using them because they’re BPA free but not sure about phthalates and PVC?

    Thanks for the list.

  32. softlanding
    softlanding February 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi Jen,

    We posted some info and a link to Rubbermaid’s website where they offer a list of all their BPA-free products. You can find it here.

    Alicia

  33. Becky March 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I purchased some Tell Fresh containers, and I’ve been really happy with them. They have great sizes for lunch boxes and home storage.

  34. Becky March 8, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    I purchased some Tell Fresh containers, and I’ve been really happy with them. They have great sizes for lunch boxes and home storage.

  35. Dorene March 15, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    The Anchor Glass containers with plastic lids listed above…the lids are made of plastic #7 (which my understanding contains BPA).

    • Alicia
      Alicia March 15, 2009 at 2:43 am #

      Hi Dorene,

      The Anchor Hocking company confirmed that all of their lids are BPA-free. We use their products (including the ones pictured above) and all are even marked as such on the packaging. None of ours are labeled as #7 either.

      Also, not all plastics marked with the recycling code #7 contains BPA. Recycling codes should only be used as general guidelines, not a cut and dried ingredient labeling system. You can learn more about that here.

      Best,

      Alicia

  36. Dorene March 14, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    The Anchor Glass containers with plastic lids listed above…the lids are made of plastic #7 (which my understanding contains BPA).

    • Alicia March 14, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Dorene,

      The Anchor Hocking company confirmed that all of their lids are BPA-free. We use their products (including the ones pictured above) and all are even marked as such on the packaging. None of ours are labeled as #7 either.

      Also, not all plastics marked with the recycling code #7 contains BPA. Recycling codes should only be used as general guidelines, not a cut and dried ingredient labeling system. You can learn more about that here.

      Best,

      Alicia

  37. Dorene March 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Was this a recent change, because our Anchor lids all are coded #7

  38. Dorene March 15, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    Was this a recent change, because our Anchor lids all are coded #7

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  41. Suefoo April 4, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    I just bought some a stainless steel bowl set from Walmart . It is part of their Mainstays line. I bought them because they have plastic covers and can be used for food storage.The plastic covers have no code or numbers or letters or anything on them. They are cloudy white and somewhat flexible. They are giving off a “plasticy” smell that worries me. Is PVC still used in these items? I want to store highly acidic food like tomato sauce in them. What to do? I can’t seem to win here, its hard to know whats what.

  42. Suefoo April 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    I just bought some a stainless steel bowl set from Walmart . It is part of their Mainstays line. I bought them because they have plastic covers and can be used for food storage.The plastic covers have no code or numbers or letters or anything on them. They are cloudy white and somewhat flexible. They are giving off a “plasticy” smell that worries me. Is PVC still used in these items? I want to store highly acidic food like tomato sauce in them. What to do? I can’t seem to win here, its hard to know whats what.

  43. Jamie April 5, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    Thank you for all of this information. I really appreciate the great resource you supply!

  44. Jamie April 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Thank you for all of this information. I really appreciate the great resource you supply!

  45. Anushka April 5, 2009 at 4:44 am #

    I just want to say thank you so much. I’m about to start making my son’s baby food and only have the glass containers, so it’s good to find safe plastic containers that I can freeze! Great resource all around! Looking forward to exploring the site more!

  46. Anushka April 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    I just want to say thank you so much. I’m about to start making my son’s baby food and only have the glass containers, so it’s good to find safe plastic containers that I can freeze! Great resource all around! Looking forward to exploring the site more!

  47. Brittany April 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi can anyone tell me if the Stay-Fresh Baby Food Containers 12-Pack are BPA free? I’ve read that they are a little sturdier than the baby food cubes and I want to purchase one or both of the sets but I want to make sure that the Stay-Fresh containers are safe. Thank you and I absolutely LOVE this website! Thanks for all the information!

  48. Brittany April 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi can anyone tell me if the Stay-Fresh Baby Food Containers 12-Pack are BPA free? I’ve read that they are a little sturdier than the baby food cubes and I want to purchase one or both of the sets but I want to make sure that the Stay-Fresh containers are safe. Thank you and I absolutely LOVE this website! Thanks for all the information!

  49. Erica May 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    Which storage containers would you recommend for ease of storing them in a small cupboard? We would like to buy a big set of glass or perhaps stainless steel storage containers (or ceramic for that matter) but we don't want 20 different sizes with a plethora of hard to match lids. Is there any sets out there where we could buy a uniform set (so we'd only have one type of lid) and they would nest or stack so we can store them in our small pantry?

  50. dorene May 27, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    I am interested in freezing some pear and apple sauce for my baby. I did purchase the freezer safe ball jelly jars in 4, 6, and 8 oz. Then I found out the bottom of the lids contain BPA. There are BPA free plastic screw top lids that fit these jars. Does anyone know if the use of these “freezer safe glass” jars are indeed ok and will not splinter or break? There are freezer safe BPA free plastic jars by Ball also, however I was really trying to go plastic free… Please give your experiences ..

    • Liv2123 January 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

      Did you ever find a lid solution to the Ball jars? I was hoping to use them, too, because they are the perfect size and so affordable, but the BPA in the lids (and/or other toxins in the coating on the lids) has me hesitating. Did you ever find a stainless steel lid for the Ball jars?

      • angela July 26, 2014 at 9:51 am #

        I use Weck jars for freezing baby food. they have a lot of different shapes and sizes. Glass lids too.

  51. Gina June 16, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    I am SO impressed with this list – so comprehensive. We've been buying Pyrex only since we know they're safe but am so glad to have more options! Thanks for pulling this all together. I was just starting to research food containers for my son who'll start eating lunch at school this fall.

    Any recommendations on lunch containers for kids that are easy for them to open without assistance and can stand up to the dishwasher? Those are our points of frustration with those we've bought so far.

  52. Agnes July 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Do you have any information on Martha Stewart glass storage containers? They are similar to the Anchor Hocking Glass line and have a green plastic lid. Curious about the lids now that I have been doing some research.
    Thanks!

  53. Agnes July 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Do you have any information on Martha Stewart glass storage containers? They are similar to the Anchor Hocking Glass line and have a green plastic lid. Curious about the lids now that I have been doing some research.
    Thanks!

  54. Anne September 8, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    If a food storage container is bpa-free, can you safely heat food in it in the microwave? Also, is it safe to wash bpa-free containers in the dishwasher without causing any concerns about the safety of the food stored in them?Must you cool all foods before storing them in bpa-free containers? What I'm concerned about is the heat factor.

  55. condoblues October 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    Once of the nice things about the Anchor Hocking products is that they are made in Ohio so they are local to me!

  56. Melissa October 29, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    You might want to check out something new. Its glass and stainless steel. The glass is freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe! The lid is stainless steel and completely screws on to the glass so theres no leakage, no freezer burn and no contamination. It has measurement markings of 50ml, 100ml, 150ml & 200ml so you can fill them according to your childs appetite and they are etched into the glass so they wont come off. Best of all it is patent pending and designed wholly by a mum! Check it out http://www.tinytastebuds.com.au

  57. Jena November 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    There is no such thing as “safe” or “safer” plastic. Most of these products have plastic lids… that's only lessening exposure, not cutting out exposure completely. The stainless steel, pyrex, cloth varieties are a safer bet. I would stay away from the silicon option completely (especially for children!!)… as that opens a whole new unsafe can of worms.

  58. chipseloy November 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Are you certain the snapware glass lock lids are bpa free? I went to their website & they don't specify. All they say is that they have a silicone seal.

  59. Alicia
    Alicia November 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    We've discussed often on our blog that manufacturer's are not required to label their products with materials used. So many times you will not find that information on their website either. That's what we do here at The Soft Landing, contact manufacturers and confirm the materials used so that we can provide lists of safe options in eating gear.

    If you're still unsure of our findings, you may want to contact them directly to confirm.

    Best,

    Alicia

  60. jamie December 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Can you tell which of these products are manufactured in the United States?

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  62. Stoneware Mugs April 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

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  69. Corner storage bench July 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

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  70. Plastic Food Storage July 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Would it, in the end, be far more economical, not to mention more environmentally friendly, to spend a bit more money on better plastic food storage containers than those disposable ones. The short answer is, yes.

  71. Anonymous July 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    You can just order them from ebay and they’ll ship it to you via FedEx or DLH in 3 days, of course you’ll have to pay $12 more for the shipping, but overall I think it’s worth it. You can also drive down to some of the restaurants in Washington DC and ask them where they buy their Snapware glasslock, because they probably have a discount supplier.

  72. Diana August 24, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    You can find at this web page http://www.biokitchenstore.com food storage container to use for short term 100% made of plants that you can put in the microwave. It is great! even plastic #5 has some substances that can affect our health. Please read http://www.ewg.org/node/27344)

  73. Ann October 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    I read a canadian article explaining why they were banning our #7 plastics when they were BPA free and it stated that when tested our made in the USA and imported BPA free products were not BPA free at all.

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  75. D.Scho December 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Very interesting. I’m wondering where this information came from and how reliable it is. I’m having a really hard time finding safe food containers because I find that companies claim they are safe because the bottom is glass, but they don’t mention any specific information about the plastic lids. Right now I’m looking for small glass (or otherwise safe) bowls (10-16 oz.) with lids so I can pack Greek yogurt and fruit for my lunches. Pyrex has glass bowls and “safer” plastic lids, according to this author. But, is “safer” safe enough to warrant my spending all this money to get rid of plastic tupperware to replace it with glass containers with PLASTIC lids??? I’m not loving the Pyrex option anyway because I’ve read reviews. People say the bowls don’t nest, so they take up a lot of storage space, as you have to stack them one on top of the other. I’ve also read that if you TRY to nest them, they they get stuck together and the rim chips and breaks. What would be so hard for Pyrex to simply make the bottom of the bowls smaller in diameter than the top opening??? This way they’d nest! People have said the rims also chip in the dishwasher, so I guess the rims are weak in general.

    Again, like I said, I’m wondering where the author got the above information. I received the OXO Good Grips POP food containers 1.5 years ago as a wedding gift. And I LOVE them! But, as I’ve recently started worrying about plastic food storage, I looked on the bottom of the containers. They are made with type 7 plastic…which according to my research is BAD because it contains toxins. However, the containers also say BPA free on the bottom. This worried me. I’m thinking, maybe they ARE BPA free, but maybe they have other toxins. Kind of lying/false advertising without actually lying, maybe? Lying by omission, I suppose? I don’t know! I’m really not sure. Maybe the OXO containers are 100% safe. I just wish companies would be a lot more open and in your face about this stuff! I just don’t want to eat out of poison…is that too much to ask!?

    If the above information is 100% reliable, and I can trust that my OXO containers ARE safe…great! But, I’m still kind of worried, knowing that they’re made from type 7 plastic. They are really expensive to throw away when I’m not even sure what they’re made of! I just want SAFE food storage, that is well-made, won’t break easily, is dishwasher safe, and is able to nest inside each other for space efficient storage. If someone would make such products, I’d be happy to buy them! I’d even be happy to purchase an expensive product! But instead, all I ever see are expensive products that have at least one undesirable characteristic OR don’t CLEARLY state that ALL of the product is safe. Why would I purchase an overpriced product that I’m not 100% happy with?

    • Alicia December 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

      Hi D.Scho,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment! While we can’t guarantee 100% accurate information, we do go through a lengthy interview process with each manufacturer before adding their products our shopping guides. And as for whether there are other toxic chemicals, we are able to gather information on specific materials used and then we’re usually able to tell whether we’re looking at a possible unknown chemical. Most plastics are made kind of like a cookie recipe – they can be single plastics (like polypropylene) or mixed plastics (like #7 in the recycling categories, where you’ll find layered and combined plastics that are still BPA-free). As in a recipe, the ingredients are usually pretty clear and they’re either in the product or they’re not.

      Hope that helps a little!

    • Jacklyn December 14, 2014 at 2:38 am #

      it’s silly but they’re not lying about BPA free. this is an advertising tactic used by many companies. many plastics can be BPA free but can still contain chemicals that mimic hormones in the body, like estrogen. plastic storage for food is dangerous, and i’m starting to wonder how much. if plastic isn’t touching food or isn’t touching liquid, can food still absorb toxins? I’m researching this now. where would humanity be if we never discovered petroleum….

  76. remove easy scan January 5, 2011 at 7:10 am #

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  77. Missyj1177 October 11, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    This list is great! I was wondering, are there good options for baby food freezing that aren’t expensive? Beaba has the freezer trays, but they are about $25 each!

  78. NurbanMomma July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I bought a bunch of silicone baby products- bibis, teething toys and was thinking of storage. However, Silicone does not appear to be any safer than other toxins in plastic. http://www.safbaby.com/is-silicone-in-baby-products-and-bakeware-really-safe
    The author of this article is advising to use natural rubber instead. However, she uses aluminum bake ware? Isnt aluminum unsafe? The safety issue of plastic alternatives seems endless!

  79. RalphandGail Holweck-Tyree July 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    I recently read where some companies use something called BPS, a common BPA replacement, which is also toxic. Are you aware of this element and if any of the recommende product lines contain BPS?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters July 30, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      That’s a great question!

      I’ve heard a lot of panic about this, so I’ve been researching day and night for several weeks. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

      While there has been a documented substitution of bisphenol-S for bisphenol-A in thermal paper and dollar bills, I haven’t found a single documented case of BPS being substituted for BPA in plastic bottles and food storage. Folks seem to be drawing that conclusion from one study that was done (learn more at http://ow.ly/cc91T).

      So far, the only “BPA-free” plastic I have concerns about in regards to the possibility of a BPS substitution is a #7 co-polyester that looks and feels just like polycarbonate (hard, shiny and clear). I’m concerned because the company won’t divulge their ingredients list and there have been two studies showing estrogenic activity. There’s a lawsuit happening over those study results, so I’ve been advised not to make a stink without validated research to cite.

      I’ll continue the hunt! And in the meantime, if you choose to use plastic food containers, I still recommend you choose plastic products made from polypropylene or HDPE/LDPE that are made by trustworthy companies. ~Alicia

  80. Hannah Kost July 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank you much for the list! I’m sure it took some time. I’m am trying to transition to no plastic, and its hard. I appreciate this so much!

  81. Lindsay April 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Excellent information, thanks for sharing!

  82. Shanna April 22, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    I think the Anchor Hockings set has lids that are #7 plastic.
    Some of these companies claim to be bpa free because the glass bottom is but the tops are a different story. Frustrating.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters April 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Hi Shanna,

      Not all #7 plastics are toxic (it’s a catch-all category). So not to worry, we confirmed that it’s BPA-free.

      It’s always good to be extra vigilant though!

      Alicia

  83. Todd July 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Is this list PVC free as well?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters July 31, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Yes it sure is – although PVC isn’t typically found in food storage containers. Lunchbags and commercial plastic wrap are about the only places you’ll find PVC in food storage. ~Alicia

  84. EG August 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi,
    I wanted to add another container to the list. Frego is a glass container in a silicone sleeve with a silicone lid. It contains No BPA. No PVC. No Polystyrene. No Lead. It is freezer, fridge, microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters August 7, 2014 at 10:24 am #

      Excellent, thanks EG! We’ll be sure to check Frego out and add it to our list. ~Alicia

  85. RML August 10, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    So, you don’t recommend Tupperware?

  86. DMidd September 19, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Are pyrex lids Phthalate free?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters September 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      Yes, according to what the company has told us, they sure are DMidd. Typically you’ll only find phthalates in PVC (vinyl) plastics, which aren’t usually used in food containers. ~Alicia

  87. wu xiaobin September 21, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    CMR inside Organotin stabilizer: Used in plastic food packaging
    Workers is poison for 40 years without knowing !

    We factory managers has a moral responsibility to tell the dangers to workers and the boss.

    l Confusion CMR chemicals inside food grade Organotin stabilizer.
    l CMR are cancer, mutation and reproduction chemical.
    l Because of Lead poisoning in toys few years ago, production and quality compliance managers are very concern about CMR inside Organotin stabilizers. 2009/48/EC baned Organotin in toys.
    l Plastic industry and health doctors around the world are confused by fact that the main ingredients of Organotin stabilizers are CMR but in the catalogue, it say it is food grade.
    l In order to protect the safety of workers, factory managers have moral duty to provide gloves and protective gears to workers when handle Organotin. And tell the workers the danger.
    “Food Grade Organotin stabilizer story” had been around for 40 years. Workers think Organotin is food grade always handle the product with bare hands. Factory manager has responsibility to tell the factory owner about the danger of Organotin stabilizer, if not, boss will be liable to compRefer to toxic chemical in food packaging, we would like to provide message to you.

    CMR inside Organotin stabilizer: Used in food packaging ?
    Workers is poison for 40 years without knowing !

    We factory managers has a moral responsibility to tell the dangers to workers and the boss.

    l Confusion CMR chemicals inside food grade Organotin stabilizer.
    l CMR are cancer, mutation and reproduction chemical.
    l Because of Lead poisoning in toys few years ago, production and quality compliance managers are very concern about CMR inside Organotin stabilizers. 2009/48/EC baned Organotin in toys.
    l Plastic industry and health doctors around the world are confused by fact that the main ingredients of Organotin stabilizers are CMR but in the catalogue, it say it is food grade.
    l In order to protect the safety of workers, factory managers have moral duty to provide gloves and protective gears to workers when handle Organotin. And tell the workers the danger.
    l “Food Grade Organotin stabilizer story” had been around for 40 years. Workers think Organotin is food grade always handle the product with bare hands. Factory manager has responsibility to tell the factory owner about the danger of Organotin stabilizer, if not, boss will be liable to compensation by workers.
    l Include example of catalogue of Organotin stabilizer and MSDS. We can see Organotin contains Tri-substitute Organotin, which are CMR, but they are not said inside the catalogue, only in the MSDS.

    Inside MSDS of food grade
    Di Methyl Tin stabilizer,
    Inside MSDS of food grade
    Di Octyl tin stabilizer,
    It also contain
    Tri-substituted methyl tin (CMR)
    It also contains
    Tri-substituted Octyl tin (CMR)

    l Besides use in food packaging, Organotin stabilizer is use in baby diapers and woman sanitary towel. It will cause cancer to user.

    l ensation by workers.
    l Include example of catalogue of Organotin stabilizer and MSDS. We can see Organotin contains Tri-substitute Organotin, which are CMR, but they are not said inside the catalogue, only in the MSDS.

    Inside MSDS of food grade
    Di Methyl Tin stabilizer,
    Inside MSDS of food grade
    Di Octyl tin stabilizer,
    It also contain
    Tri-substituted methyl tin (CMR)
    It also contains
    Tri-substituted Octyl tin (CMR)

    l Besides use in food packaging, Organotin stabilizer is use in baby diapers and woman sanitary towel. It will cause cancer to user.

  88. Sel October 19, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    Hi, could you please tell me if OXO Good Grips POP food containers are safe or will the chemicals leach into my flour, nuts etc. Thanks in advance!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters November 21, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Sel, if they’re made from hard, shiny and clear plastic, I would personally avoid them because they’re most likely made from the new mystery plastic called Tritan (Eastman refuses to divulge what ingredients they use to make their co-polyester, so that’s a red flag for me). ~Alicia

  89. Mj November 21, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    I just purchased Anchor Hocking stacked glass jars and failed to notice that it stated non toxic: no, lead free:no.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters November 21, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      Hi Mj, I just bought a new set of Anchor Hocking jars and didn’t see anything like that. I don’t know why a company would advertise that their products contain lead and that they’re toxic. Could you post a photo here for us? ~Alicia

  90. Este November 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Hello, I have been hard and long for toxin-free food containers for my lunch, especially insulated containers for hot foods but nearly all seem to have plastic screw lids with only BPA free stated! (Except for a lunchbot round pot that is rather ugly). Are ALL the products in your long list BPA, PVC, Phthalates… free? Many in that list only state to be BPA free.

  91. Jenn March 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Hello…I’m a new mom and just going to begin making my own baby food. Kiddo Freedo makes a silicon freezer tray with individual portions that pop out. Is that brand safe for my baby? or do I need to stick to glass? Thanks in advance!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters March 18, 2015 at 11:08 am #

      Kudos on making your own baby food! I’ve never heard of Kiddo Freedo, so I’m afraid we can’t help you with that one. ~Alicia

  92. Mel March 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi Alicia 🙂 firstly thank you so much for putting this together. This post is exactly what I’m looking for. I am just curious if all of Ikeas food storage, whether it be glass or their other food storage products are also safe? Or is it just that particular plastic style? Thank you, Mel.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters April 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

      I’m so glad you found it helpful, Mel! We haven’t researched all of IKEA’s feeding gear, but they’ve made it easier to figure out what safer options are by adding the type of plastic used in the description. We recommending sticking with products made from polypropylene or polyethylene, and most of their dishes are just that. ~Alicia

  93. MMH April 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Alicia,

    I just stumbled across your very informative site here and wondered if you know anything about Snapware Pyrex glass food storage containers. We are getting rid of all of our plastic storage containers that contain #3 & #7. The sad thing is that many of the containers are #5, but their lids are #7. Costco has a sale on the Snapware, but I thought I would check with you since you are a treasure trove of information.

    Thanks so much so much for your site and insight!!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters April 20, 2015 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks so much for the compliment! I did a quick search on the Costco website and it looks like you’re talking about these Snapware Storage Containers. I went to the Snapware website to see if they listed what type of plastic is used in the lids, but they don’t, so I contacted them directly. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back! ~Alicia

      • MMH April 20, 2015 at 11:40 am #

        Thank you so much for going the extra mile. I look forward to hearing what they tell you.
        🙂

        • The Soft Landing Sisters
          The Soft Landing Sisters April 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

          You’re very welcome! They already answered back saying that the lids are made from BPA-free Polypropylene, so you’re good to go! Here’s a screenshot of the email they sent: http://bit.ly/SnapwarePyrexLids. ~Alicia

          • MMH April 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

            Seriously Alicia, you are a rock star!
            Thank you SO much for doing the research and for getting back to me in such a timely manner. It is so appreciated!!

  94. Sian June 25, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Omg, I’m so happy I came across this post, and your website. So helpful and very much needed!

    Can I ask your thoughts on the ikea TILLSLUTA range? They only say no BPA added? I’m trying to cut out plastic altogether but these containers would fill a specific need so perfectly I was considering making an exception?

    Thank you so much again for a wonderful article.

    All the best,

    Sian

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters July 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Sian, thank you so much for the compliment! I wish we could be more helpful with info about TILLSLUTA, but IKEA doesn’t list the actual plastic used (which is odd, because they usually do). I’m afraid you’ll have to contact them directly to find out. Then we’d be happy to review that info and give you our recommendation, so be sure to come back and post it here, okay? ~Alicia

  95. bourkebabe July 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    Just saw an article that the receipts you receive for purchases are loaded with BPA….I was shocked!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters July 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Isn’t that crazy?! We found out about that a few years back and recommend that pregnant mamas who work around those receipts all day consider wearing gloves and wash their hands often. ~Alicia

  96. Samantha July 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    Love this website! I have some Rubbermaid containers with a white substance on the bottom. I have read two different thoughts on the substance. One saying that it is dishwasher soap residue and one saying it’s the plastic melting from the microwave.
    Your thoughts?
    Thank you.

  97. ShayRN September 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    I so appreciate your post, thank you. Can you tell me that if the products listed above are all PVC, BPA, lead, and phthalate free? We use pyrex and anchor and neither on of their websites state what I am asking.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters December 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      Yes they sure are! All plastics recommended in our site are BPA, PVC, phthalate, lead and melamine free.

  98. Shelley December 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi, I stumbled upon your site, b cuz I am going crazy trying to figure out what plastic containers would be best to use for my baking stuff, i.e.. flours, sugars, oats, etc. I had all my stuff in tupperware, then read that prior to 2010, it contained BPA. So, I just threw them all away…and Now I am reading that even thought it contained BPA, the new stuff with BPS could be worse! ugh! I now have lock & lock (original and crystal) , sistema, Felli Flip tite, all over my kitchen, waiting to be unpacked…but wait! I am sooo confused and which should I use? What can you tell me about these brands? Which, if any don’t have BPA and BPS? Help please!

  99. Shane Bloys December 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    Have you reviewed sage spoonfuls glass containers. They look to have a glass option with plastic lids. They note, “BPA, Lead, Phthalate and PVC free” .
    Can you confirm that the containers and lids meet your standards?
    Also, they noted not to steam heat the glass containers. Do you know if this is a common shortcoming. I would like to move them from fridge and/or freezer to steamer if needed.

    Sage Spoonfuls Big Batch Food Storage, Glass

  100. Shelley December 13, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Thanks so much for your reply. I have read through the links that you sent me.

    I’m guessing that I threw out all of my #5 glad and ziplocs for nothing. 🙁 I just spent a ton of money on Sistema and lock and lock which are both #5 PP. You said that’s a better choice, but also says BPA Free, so that’s a bit ambiguous. 1) Is this a good choice as it’s PP, or not a good choice because it says BPA free? 2) Were the old lock and lock #5’s that did not say BPA free a better choice, even though these new ones are #5 PP? 3) My Tupperware was #3, which I’m guessing is not safe, but if the new Tupperware says no BPA’s then is that any better? Couldn’t find any LDPE or HDPE containers. 4) Do you know who makes containers which are LDPE or HDPE? 5) If some of my containers are #5 but don’t show the type of plastic, from what I gather is it ok to use them if they DON’T say BPA free? So sorry for bombarding you with so many questions, but I’m hoping you can clarify some of this for me. Thanks 🙂

  101. The Soft Landing Sisters January 14, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Hi Rachel, We haven’t researched them specifically, but it’s certainly possible they’re made of a material called Tritan copolyester which could contain a chemical called BPS. It would be best to contact OXO directly to ask them what type of plastic the containers you have are made of (OXO has been very good at providing information in the past). Overall, we don’t recommend using products that contain BPS because of possible toxicities similar to BPA. ~Laura

  102. Ava February 22, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Hi, I read yesterday that it was unclear from Pyrex whether they had BPS in their lids, do you know and if the lids are safe as well as glass is free from lead and cadmium?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters February 22, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      Hi Ava, I contacted Pyrex today and they confirmed that all of their lids are made of recycling code #5 polypropylene. Good news! Also, their glass products are compliant with California prop 65 standards and as such are heavy metal safe. ~Laura

      • Ava February 22, 2016 at 11:37 am #

        Thank you so much Laura, I can probably find Pyrex in the UK. It’s so hard to find anything safe anymore or actually they never were but we didn’t know.
        Would you happen to know what other safe storage, jugs etc might be available in the UK made from plastic or glass?
        Kindest regards,
        Ava

        Sent from my Windows Phone

        • The Soft Landing Sisters February 25, 2016 at 9:05 am #

          Being from the US, I can’t really say what’s available in the UK. Wish I could help! ~Laura

  103. Bethany George March 15, 2016 at 12:37 am #

    I have two questions.
    With glass containers, I often see “lead free” which makes me wonder how one knows if it DOES have lead. Suggestions on recognizing brands that may contain lead?

    Secondly, have you see the research article that found other plastics with endocrine disrupting abilities, besides BPA? I read it recently, though I can’t recall now if it was referring to BPS (Though I feel like I would’ve remembered that). So the plastics you DO suggest, are there actually 3rd party studies that have confirmed (as best we can currently) that they ARENT leeching endocrine disrupting chemicals?

    Many many thanks to all your researching and hard work.

  104. Melissa Redepenning March 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

    Do you have any research on the Pro Glass series food storage with Easy Snap Lids? I was wanting to purchase glass storage containers with leak proof lids at a store instead of the internet, and I found this brand today at Bed, Bath, & Beyond; however, they do say Made in China…

  105. Isabelle Menozzi November 7, 2016 at 4:42 am #

    Really appreciate your work! Any ideas for bulk food storage, I am talking really bulk storage like approx. 30 gallons…I have been looking at restaurant supply stores but they are all plastic…I am confused because the rubbermaid ones have the California warning label but this other brand called Choice does not. Would that mean that they are safer?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters December 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

      We’re so glad you found it helpful! Most large buckets and food storage bins are made from either polypropylene or polyethylene plastic which are the safest plastics available. Here are a couple of options for you: http://amzn.to/2g71V6F and http://amzn.to/2g6VWiB

      We haven’t looked into the prop 65 warning label for California as it relates to rubbermaid, so I’m afraid we can’t help you there.

  106. The Soft Landing Sisters
    The Soft Landing Sisters December 7, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I’m glad you found the guide helpful! We didn’t confirm country of origin for this list, so I’m afraid we can’t help there.

  107. The Soft Landing Sisters
    The Soft Landing Sisters December 7, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    Yes there sure are! You can find them in our guide right here: http://thesoftlanding.com/safe-dishes-for-freezer-meals

  108. The Soft Landing Sisters
    The Soft Landing Sisters December 20, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Companies sometimes change their materials without notifying us (how dare they!), so we’ll have to look into this one again. Thank you for letting us know! 🙂

    Recycling code #7 is catch-all term for plastic resins that are made from a combination of plastics or materials that don’t fit into the other 6 categories. It’s the most mysterious category and can contain toxic chemicals like BPS, so that’s why we recommend avoiding it if possible. However, there’s a slim chance we may be able to confirm select #7 materials which is what we’ll try to do here. The minimum being a confirmation the product is also BPS-free. We’ll update asap!

  109. Marilyn Groh February 12, 2017 at 6:48 am #

    Are the glass in these containers free of toxic chemicals…ie: lead, cadmium? Thank you.

    • Laura February 13, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      The information we were given by the companies indicates that they never add lead, cadmium or any other heavy metals to their glassware. You can always contact the manufacturer directly if you have a specific question for a product you’re looking to purchase. This is a question they should be able to answer pretty easily. ~The Soft Landing Sisters

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