Why Glass Food Containers are Better Than Plastic?

I went to a children’s party and the hostess asked me to take home some food. I didn’t bring any containers so she lend me her glass food storage. I noticed that her food storage was glass and I kind of like it. Since my plastic food containers at home are coincidentally old, some are damaged and due for replacement, I thought of buying and replacing them with glass food storage too because it looks much presentable than plastic and more durable. But I got curious, why would I pay for glass if plastics are cheaper and a new set could equally be presentable as glass?

I researched a bit and found out some important facts about using plastic food storage that regular consumers need to know:

Glass food storage keeps the food more safe. “Scientists no longer ask if toxic substances migrate from plastic to food during microwave heating. They ask how much toxins migrate. They ask if you should use plastic to reheat foods for kids, the ill, the elderly. They ask far too many questions and provide too few reassuring answers, as far as I’m concerned. No doubt scientists will continue to duke it out. In the meantime, I prefer to play it safe if not in my house of glass—in a kitchen crammed with glass containers. On another safety note: Glass is cleaner than plastic. Glass’ non-porous surface doesn’t absorb food and germs and it can be safely washed at high temperatures in your dishwasher.” – Source http://www.copywriterskitchen.com/2009/02/27/are-you-afraid-of-your-plastic-food-containers/

Using glass rather than plastic significantly reduces landfill. It also saves energy on plastic’s inefficient recycling process. And unlike that metastasizing heap of mismatched plastic containers in your kitchen cupboard, once you invest in glass storage containers, your supply pretty much stays steady. With care, you’ll use your original glass containers almost indefinitely.

If you break a glass container, you can recycle it without guilt:
– Up to 80% of all recycled glass can be reclaimed.
– Recycled glass uses 40% less energy than manufacturing new glass.
– Recycling doesn’t compromise glass’ quality or structure and no toxins are produced in it’s recycling.
– A move to glass storage marks a raised consciousness—arguably glass’ most valuable environmental benefit. Your investment in glass helps you move from a throw-away mind-set to a more sustainable sensibility. – Source: ource http://www.copywriterskitchen.com/2009/02/27/are-you-afraid-of-your-plastic-food-containers/

Saves you money. Because glass is usually more expensive than plastic, at first glance, it seems a switch to glass will be more costly. But think about this: Unlike plastic, glass is pretty much a one-time investment. It actually saves you money in the long run. And glass comes in a wide range of prices—see Buying Guide, below. Source: ource http://www.copywriterskitchen.com/2009/02/27/are-you-afraid-of-your-plastic-food-containers/

According to some study, most plastic products, from sippy cups to food wraps, can release chemicals that act like the sex hormone estrogen, according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives. Although consumers should be encouraged that at least some plastic products had no estrogen-like activity. – Source and read more on NPR.ORG

I know that using glass vs. plastic as food containers can be a long debate but it’s good to be aware of these important possibilities. Anyhow, I am still replacing my plastic food storage and I am looking at replacing them with one of the following:

Pyrex Storage 10-Piece Set, Clear with Blue Lids
because of the many positive reviews from the customers.

Snapware Glasslock Glass Storage Containers with Lids 18pc Set Nesting Design not only because of the many positive reviews but also because of the nesting design.

Rubbermaid 8-Piece Glass Food Storage Container Set with Easy Find Lid because of its nesting feature, positive reviews and square shape (square will take better space than round)

Rubbermaid 11-1/2-Cup Glass Food Storage Container with Easy Find Lid for larger items to store.

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