Containers

Thermoses

You know you want to avoid plastic around your hot beverages, so now what? Here are some of our favorite thermoses (they also work for keeping your beverages nice and cold when summer rolls around). 

If you missed the memo on avoiding plastic, check out our post on heated plastic.

Keeping that Coffee Hot! with a Stainless Steel Insulated Thermos

This is the thermos I use and love. If you want to be able to keep your coffee or tea hot (or cold), this thermos is for you. Since heating plastic increases leaching, the benefits of a stainless steel thermos are especially big. 

The one caveat with this thermos (and sadly most others) is that it has a plastic lid that you sip through. We still recommend it for a few reasons:

  1. Practicality is important
  2. Plastic lids seem to offer more functionality (aka sipping and not spilling on yourself)
  3. Drinking out of a stainless steel thermos in general is a massive step in the health direction

A second option we love: The Yeti Rambler

I don't know about what's going on where you live, but these Yetis have exploded in Charlottesville. There may be some loyalty play there, given one of the founders went to Darden. However, I overheard my fiance saying last night, "Those Yetis are great. I put some cold seltzer in mine and then went for a run and forgot about it for three hours, and it was fantastically cold when I got home." I laughed at him, told him he sounded like an ad, and then asked how he felt about being quoted. 

Safe, Healthy Tupperware?

Like waterbottles and water, tupperware holds the food we put into our bodies. And, similarly, tupperware materials can leach into our food1 and from there into our body2, if we aren't careful. The risk with tupperware may actually be greater because we heat up our leftovers in tupperware3. If we are using plastic food containers, this can cause increased leaching into our food.

Cara's Market recommends several alternatives for housing your food. 

My personal favorite is glass tupperware.

Less-ideal attributes include:

  • Heavier than most other options
  • Some reports of exploding tupperware when going between extreme heat

Benefits include:

  • No risk of leaching and no linings, phthalate free
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher-safe
  • Microwavable

Despite the cons, this is the option I prefer for my home - it gives me the most peace of mind. Below are some options if you are interested in glass tupperware. Otherwise, there are other additional tupperware solutions below.

Stainless Steel Tupperware

Less-ideal attributes:

  • Can't be microwaved or easily re-heated

Benefits:

  • Lighter than glass, good for lunchboxes and the road
  • No BPA/BPS, no lining, phthalate free

 

    Not all tupperware is created equal for your health

    Silicone Tupperware

    Less-ideal attributes:

    • Doesn't maintain shape under higher temperatures

    Benefits include:

    • A lightweight option
    • BPA/BPS and phthalate free
    • Should not leach chemicals into food

    References

    Harvard Health Publications, Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?, http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/microwaving-food-in-plastic-dangerous-or-not
    Environmental Working Group. http://www.ewg.org/bpa/
    Harvard Health Publications, Microwaving food in plastic: Dangerous or not?