Here’s the thing: eco-friendly containers save you money. We’re talking everything from mason jars and glass Tupperware to zip-top containers and silicone storage bags. So, sit back and enjoy our guide to eco-friendly containers! Whether you’re using them for meal prep, food storage, or crafting, bringing them out, again and again, will save you big bucks—and you know we’re all about saving you money!
In our ideal world, we’d find a significant bargain on an eco-friendly container, like a big box of mason jars, and then we’d use them for years and years. We could probably do that, so we’ll start looking for that kind of deal now and share what we find on @the_bargainsisters on Instagram (check our stories often!) and The Bargain Sisters Group on Facebook (we share 200+ deals per DAY here).
We thrive on lifetime savings, not just one-time deals, and when we think about budgeting and saving money, eco-friendly containers are a huge part of our work to help you live your most budget-friendly life. So, sit back, relax, and start scrolling. This guide is going to be robust.
Eco-Friendly Meal Prep Containers
If you’re like us, you probably read “eco-friendly containers” and thought about eco-friendly meal prep containers. This is one of those scenarios where all poodles are dogs, but not all dogs are poodles, you know? As we mentioned above, all the containers we’ll discuss are eco-friendly and will save you money long-term, but not all are exclusively for meal prep.
So! Keep that distinction in mind as you move through this guide. We do a lot of meal prepping in our homes, and you are absolutely about to see our picks for Tupperware-type items we love and use repeatedly. Because who wants to use those flimsy plastic containers over and over? Not only do they get stained, but they clog up landfills, and neither of those things is cool with us.
Okay, let’s talk about eco-friendly Tupperware alternatives. We are big fans of glass containers, which also applies to food storage.
We can’t go a day without putting something in the fridge for later—whether it’s a half-eaten kids’ lunch or leftovers from dinner. Along the way, we’ve found wonderful alternatives to single-use plastics.
PrepNaturals Glass Meal Prep Containers
Glass meal-prep and storage containers are our go-to’s. These PrepNaturals glass food storage containers are made of durable, high-quality glass and use a locking lid technology that secures food with an airtight seal for leak-free storage. The three-compartment option keeps food from touching, which is a big pro for families with picky eaters. Three packs start at about $35 (clip the coupon to save $5 when you add them to Subscribe & Save). You can also get a four or five-pack.
Glass Meal Prep Containers
If you need a larger set of glass containers for a great price, consider these 22-ounce glass containers with snap lids. You can choose from three different lid colors, all for about $46. These containers are ideal for meal-prepping and eco-friendly food storage.
18-Pack Eco-Friendly Glass Containers
This super budget-friendly 18-pack of glass containers has different types and sizes. This set has rectangles, squares, and circles, perfect for any kind of meal or snack you can think of. The locking lids are easy to close, so even kids can help you pack everything up. Double win! 26% off and $33.99, which is a great deal, so RUN.
Eco-Friendly Container Replacement Lids
Whether they get left, misplaced, or lost entirely, your containers are going to need replacement lids. We love this set of twelve that’s both stretchy and comes in square, rectangle, and circle. At $8.98 for the set, you might as well grab two!
Lose fewer lids than we do? Great! This is the eco-friendly container replacement lid set for you. Choose from blue, white, or a combination. For $9.99, you get six silicone stretch lids made of BPA-free silicone that are non-toxic and odorless. They offer heat resistance from 40°F up to 450°F and are safe for use in the fridge, microwave, and dishwasher. Win!
We love a zip-top container, not only for ease but also for portability. Our kids love them, too! And while Stasher is well-known and beloved, there are many lesser-known (and cheaper!) brands on Amazon that are equally outstanding, eco-friendly containers.
A small handful of our favorites are listed below. Remember, these eco-friendly containers can also be used for things like travel (we like to put our airplane-sized toiletries in them, for example), craft storage, and more.
Reusable Food Container Silicone Bags
Get a set of six zip-top containers for just $32.99 when you snag these! Made of food-grade silica gel, safe, and free of BPA and PVC, each eco-friendly bag is suitable for infants, children, and adults alike. Since they can be used over and over again, they’re also super environmentally friendly. As a bonus, they can also withstand cold and heat: -58℉~426℉.
Reusable Food Storage Bags
Why have six when you can have twelve zip-top bags? Made from food-grade PEVA, these reusable bags are extra thick, completely non-toxic, 100% leak-proof, and suitable for food storage. One reusable bag can save 300+ disposable bags, saving you money and reducing pollution. These bags are designed to last and ring in at just $14.99 for the full dozen!
Silicone Storage Containers
Silicone is having a moment, especially of the food-grade variety, and we are living for it. Some eco-friendly containers fit into a few categories (zip-top silicone is everywhere).
Check out these silicone storage containers. We use ours for everything from snacks to taking LEGOs to go.
Colorful, Collapsible Silicone Food Storage Containers
This cute water gun backpack for kids 2+ will keep them running around the yard and playing for hours. Seriously, this thing has a 1,000 ml capacity! There are a few different animals to choose from, all within just a few dollars of each other, so your littles can have the pick of their favorite animal. $11.99 for the duckling.
Collapsible Silicone Bento Boxes
Okay, how excited are you about the collapsible storage sets? Same. So, we found one more for you to consider. It’s also silicone, made of food-grade silicone, non-toxic, and all those good things. This set of five also collapses into 1/3 its size and is ideal for small spaces (aka hashtag dorm life). $24.94.
We All Need Eco-Friendly Containers
If you’re like us and helped your grandma make jam growing up, you’ve had eco-friendly containers around you your whole life—you just might not have thought of them that way when you were small! You now have many more options to choose from, and we can’t wait to see which ones you snag. Aren’t those collapsible silicone options cool?! Tag us on Instagram (@the_bargainsisters) to show us your favorites, and we’ll keep the deals coming!
What’ll you snag from this guide first?
Happy storing, prepping, crafting, and snacking,
Ali and Cassie
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