Last Updated: September 17, 2021

The 14 best plastic-free & reduced plastic food storage containers.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 22 min read

Having a food storage plan with reliable, sustainable products to back it up can help you reduce food waste in your home, while also preventing waste from using single-use plastic containers or bags. Storing your food properly also helps you get the most out of your food by keeping it its freshest. And it’s even been said that many people who plan out their meals and snacks using food storage eat healthier and therefore feel healthier, too.


From glass food storage containers to stainless steel ones, see Grove members' picks for the best plastic-free storage containers to add to your cabinets for at-home or on-the go use. From stackable options from eco-friendly brands like Preserve and U-Konserve to take-with-you options like these Grove Co. Reusable Produce Bags, shop all plastic-free food storage that proves sometimes you actually can have your cake and eat it, too.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Reusable Bag Variety Pack - Cuts Plastic Waste

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A set of reusable bags in various sizes to store and tote food or other essentials without single-use plastic waste.

  • COMPLETE SET WITH 3 SIZES
    Our reusable bag set offers three sizes — snack, sandwich, and storage.

  • ELIMINATES SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
    Our reusable bags can be washed and reused again and again, so you can easily store leftovers …

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1 snack bag, 1 sandwich bag, 1 storage bag
$11.95
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2. If You Care Unbleached Paper Sandwich Bags

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Say goodbye to petroleum-based plastic sandwich bags and hello to If You Care Unbleached Paper Sandwich Bags. Made in Sweden from the unbleached pulp of Scandinavian spruce trees — a renewable resource — these little beauties provide a natural, greaseproof barrier to whatever scrumptious surprise awaits inside. Perfect for snacking sustainably when …

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48 Count
$5.99
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3. Preserve Food Storage Round Mini

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Minimize your personal impact on the planet by choosing products made from recycled materials, like this Preserve Food Storage Round Mini. This Preserve mini round food storage is not only made from 100% recycled plastic in the USA, it’s also BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and stackable to easily fit into your fridge or cabinets. Plus, it features a …

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8 Oz
$1.99
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4. Preserve Food Storage Round Large

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Perfect for storing your gourmet leftovers or your go-to easy weeknight meal, this Preserve Food Storage Round Large gives you 25 ounces of storage space to use however you’d like. It’s made from 100% recycled (#5) plastic, meaning each Preserve storage container made helps keep recycled plastic from going to waste. It also features an easy, …

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25 Oz
$2.99
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5. Stasher Reusable Stand-Up Mega Bag

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The Stasher Reusable Stand-Up Mega Bag proves that bigger really is better. Made of 100% premium food-grade silicone, this reusable gallon storage bag is sized to hold everything from fresh vegetables to leftovers headed for the freezer. Endlessly reusable, this sustainable, planet-friendly alternative to plastic is safe for use in the dishwasher, …

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1 bag
$29.99
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6. Stasher Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag

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Stash all sorts of food in this Stasher Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag and reuse it again and again. This sandwich bag is hypoallergenic, BPA-free, non-toxic, and both dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Plus, it’s endlessly reusable and can be used thousands of times. It features an easy, pinch-lock seal to guarantee your food’s freshness, and can be …

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1 bag
$12.99
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7. Stasher Reusable Silicone Snack Bag

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Made from premium food-grade silicone, Stasher is pure as glass, soft to the touch, non-toxic and temperature resistant. Save money and save the planet - one Stasher can be used thousands of times.

4.5 x 7.5 x 1 inches
Tare weight: 2.1 ounces
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1 bag
$9.99
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8. BioBag Resealable 1 Quart Food Storage Bag

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Switch your food storage bags over to these BioBag Resealable 1 Quart Food Storage Bags (20 ct) and get peace of mind knowing that they won’t end up stacking up in a landfill somewhere polluting our planet. These resealable food bags are 100-percent compostable and biodegradable and made from plant- and vegetable-based materials. Plus, they’re made …

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20 Count
$5.29
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9. Stasher Reusable Silicone Stand-Up Bag

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The Stasher Reusable Silicone Stand-Up Bag is, well, a stand-up kind of bag. Because unlike traditional plastic storage bags, this eco-conscious option will save you money while saving the planet. Made from premium food-grade silicone, the Stasher storage bag with a 3D pocket is pure as glass, soft to the touch, nontoxic, and temperature-resistant. …

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1 bag
$21.99
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10. Stasher Reusable Silicone Half Gallon Bag

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With the Stasher Reusable Silicone Half Gallon Bag, saving money and the planet is, dare we say, in the bag. Endlessly reusable, this half-gallon bag with a pinch-lock seal is made from premium food-grade silicone that's soft as a baby's bottom, pure as glass, nontoxic, and temperature-resistant. Oh, and did we mention you can write on it, and that …

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1 bag
$21.99
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11. Preserve Food Storage Sandwich 2pk

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Turkey, ham, veggie, peanut butter and jelly — you name it, this Preserve Food Storage Sandwich (2 Pack) keeps your favorite sandwiches safe and secure no matter where you take them. Perfect for school, work, hiking, or other meals away from home, this sandwich storage is made from 100% recycled #5 plastic, and is BPA-free and dishwasher-friendly. …

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25 Oz, 2 Pack
$5.99
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12. U-Konserve To-Go Medium Container

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Say it with us — plastic-free is the way to be! This U-Konserve To-Go Medium Container 30oz gives you a smart option when it comes to zero-plastic food storage. This stainless steel reusable food container is BPA-free, lead-free, phthalates-free, leak-proof, air-tight, durable, crack-free, and dishwasher-safe. Plus, not only is it resilient in high …

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1 container
$23.95
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13. U-Konserve Round Container Large

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When it’s time to upgrade your food storage system, switch to U-Konserve. This Round Container Large 16oz includes a stainless steel reusable container topped with a flexible, food-grade silicone lid that’s easy to pull off. Seal in foods, from sliced fruit to cooked pasta, for the fridge or outdoors. It’s leak-proof and air-tight!

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1 container
$13.95
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14. U-Konserve Rectangle Container

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Dishwasher-safe and easy to sanitize, this U-Konserve Rectangle Container 25oz offers families a plastic-free solution for food storage. The leak-proof lid is made from food-grade silicone, with an air-tight fit on this stainless steel container, and the non-porous silicone is resilient under high temperatures. This multi-functional food storage …

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1 container
$23.95
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FAQs

Can you remove odors from food containers?

Since we reuse our food containers again and again, it’s no wonder that at times a funky odor may get left behind. We have a few tricks for getting rid of smells and odors though, don't worry. Here are two things to try.


1. Sunshine and vinegar: If you’re noticing a nasty, left-behind smell in your food storage containers, then try setting it open outside on a sunny day. This will give your containers a chance to air out, and (fun fact) the sun has a natural ability to fight odors. Afterward, bring your food storage containers inside and rinse them with white vinegar before washing them with hot water and soap. Lastly, fill ‘em up with white vinegar and let them sit soaking for about three minutes. Wash them again, and then they should be good to go.


2. Baking soda: If it’s wintertime or not a particularly sunny day, but you still need to get rid of odors trapped in your food storage containers, try baking soda instead of the method above. Just mix baking soda with warm water until a paste-like mixture is made. Rub this “paste” inside your containers and let it sit in there for at least 24 hours. When you’re ready, rinse your containers. You can repeat these steps again if the odors haven’t disappeared after your first try.


What's the best way to organize food storage?

No matter whether you’re storing long-term food storage or short-term food storage, one thing’s for sure — you’re looking for the best way to organize your food storage containers so they’re easy to get to, easy to tell apart, and easy to use. Whether you’re using glass food storage containers, stainless steel, or recycled plastic ones, it’s always easiest if they’re stackable for use inside your fridge or cupboards or even on top of your countertops. If you’re looking for simple ways to store them when they’re not in use, here are some great ideas below:


  1. Stack smaller food storage containers inside larger ones
  2. Use a plate rack to stack storage tops vertically
  3. Use drawer divides to keep storage neat and easy on the eyes
  4. An over-the-door type of storage system can keep pieces together in one neat place
  5. Invest in a pull-out organizer for your cupboards

How do airtight food containers keep food fresh?

Airtight food containers are one of the best ways to keep food fresh, while giving it a longer shelf life, too. Airtight food containers block out both air and moisture from spoiling food with a sealing system, usually made of silicone. They’re highly recommended to be used when you’ve opened food from packaging that doesn’t reseal because they slow down oxidation, which occurs when your food is exposed to air. They also prevent freezer burn for items you’re storing in your freezer for long periods of time.


Plus, did you know some food items like flour can last around a year when placed in an airtight container? That’s why it’s a great idea to invest in these types of containers even if you think they’re a little pricey because you’ll save on food waste and money because you won't have to replace food as often.


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