I grew up in the age of Tupperware. I still refer to all plastic food storage containers as Tupperware, regardless of the brand.
My goal is to phase out all plastic food storage containers in our home, but the alternatives are so expensive! My solution is to switch gradually (see my post about a small stainless snack container here).
The bowl on the left is plastic, pretty standard. The glass bowl on the right is from Pyrex. It has a plastic cover, but it's a step in the right direction (and less expensive than the glass-lidded version that is my ultimate goal.) The glass is safe to microwave (without the lid), without risk of anything leaching into your food.
Something else I've started doing is diverting glass jars from the recycling bin to my food storage container cabinet. This glass jar with metal lid once contained pesto. It's a handy size and will work really well in my fridge! I wouldn't send it with my kids for school lunch, but jars like these are helping me weed out my plastic for no cost.
The same can be done with mason jars and lids you may already have at home. The seal is perfectly fine to keep food fresh in your fridge for a few days. I DO NOT recommend storing anything on a pantry shelf unless it has been properly canned!!! This suggestion is for refrigerated items only!!
If anyone is interested, I can show you how I can certain things this summer.
I don't know about you, but I think this is a much cuter way to store things than Tupperware! "Reduce" and "Reuse" come before Recycle for a reason. Recycling is great and very important, but reusing something as often as possible makes an even greater impact than energy-intensive recycling!
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