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Switch to healthier food storage

When you store and reheat food in plastic, you're running the risk of exposing your food to trace chemicals. Switch to these healthier food storage alternatives.

Everyone loves leftovers. They're convenient, cheap and sometimes even tastier than they were the day they were cooked. Before you throw that plastic storage container of leftovers into the microwave, consider the dangers to your health. Switch to healthy food storage alternatives to avoid potential dangers from plastics.

What's the deal with plastic food storage?

Plastic storage containers can contain bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone disrupter. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 90 percent of the general population has BPA in their bodies. High levels of BPA have been shown to cause serious health problems in test animals. Some food storage containers have phthalates and dioxins, harmful chemicals associated with the production of plastic products. All of these chemicals have the potential to enter your food, especially if you microwave them or wash them in the dishwasher.

What are alternatives to plastic food containers?

As the general public has become more aware of the dangers of plastic food storage containers, more and more alternatives have hit the market. Aluminum, glass, ceramic and stoneware are considered safe food storage materials. These materials don't release chemicals into food. Keep in mind that aluminum is expensive and resource-intensive to produce. If you're going for an Earth-friendly alternative, glass is an excellent option.

How do I store my food safely?

Ready to make the switch from plastic storage containers? We've collected stylish, helpful food storage containers that are perfect for leftovers, school lunches and freezer storage.

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LunchBots

Lunchbots

These small aluminum storage containers are perfect for snacks and bento lunches. They don't seal tight over liquids, making them a better option for dry foods and sandwiches. Cute and colorful, LunchBots come in a variety of options with built-in dividers. (LunchBots, $18)

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Pyrex storage

Pyrex storage

Classic Pyrex cookware makes a beautiful transition from the oven to the freezer thanks to colorful Pyrex storage sets. With a variety of sizes, this is an easy-to-clean glass option that looks sleek in addition to being safer. No more pasta sauce stains on your storage ware. (Target, $35)

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Vintage glass

Vintage glass

Love the look of vintage food storage? Vintage glass food storage is produced using classic molds. It's perfect for storing leftovers but pretty enough to make its way to your buffet table at a family gathering. (The Container Store, $10)

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Small glass containers

Small glass containers

Store ingredients and leftovers in small glass containers that can transition right into the microwave and then to the table. True Seal Food Storage saves you on cleaning time, and the lids come in cute colors. Once you make the switch to safe storage, you'll never be able to go back to the look of clunky plastic. (Mighty Nest, $8)

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