Eco-friendly food containers are 2021's kitchen must-have – and these are our top buys

Take a look at these eco-friendly food containers – they are sustainable, budget-friendly and display worthy

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Looking to store food sustainably? We've been hunting down eco-friendly food containers – and by far the most swoon-worthy, practical and durable are these useful finds. 

Use them to store everything from spaghetti to gluten-free granola – and even your market-fresh fruit and veg. Whether you are looking for dried food storage to go inside your cupboards, fresh food storage for your refrigerator, or you want to display your food on open shelving, there's a good-looking container to shop.

Keep scrolling for our John Lewis kitchen storage ideas and edit of the best sustainable buys for your home – and US readers, you can keep scrolling down for finds from Macy's, too. 

1. Choose glass food containers to show off dried foods

House by John Lewis Airtight Wood Lid Glass Storage Jar,

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Dried foods are full of color, texture and interest, so they're really worth showing off in glass food containers. It's a great option if cabinet space is limited and you're looking for small kitchen storage ideas. Plus, on a practical note, it's easier to see when supplies start running low.

House by John Lewis Airtight Wood Lid Glass Storage Jar | £11 at John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)
Choose from a range of sizes and store your dried food in style with these airtight storage jars. With rubberwood lids, they're perfect. What to store inside? Everything from spaghetti to granola, lentils and perhaps even sugar – anything that looks nice, really.

House by John Lewis Airtight Stainless Steel Lid Glass Storage Jar | £11 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
The same as the above but with stainless steel lids, these jars are a better option for modern kitchens. Perfect for storing inside cupboards or on open shelving, and they are airtight. Finally, a way to store all of that pretty colourful pasta you bought that you're never going to eat...

House by John Lewis Copper Wire Clip Top Jar | £5 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Prefer something with a clipped lid? For busy kitchens and clumsy people, these jars are pretty and practical. Why not use them to store your baking essentials – flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder... you get the gist.

2. Store, steam and tenderize with these clever storage bags

stasher Silicone Multi-Purpose Kitchen Storage Bag

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These reusable storage bags are super-versatile, allowing you to both store veg – in the fridge or out – and to cook it too.

stasher Silicone Multi-Purpose Kitchen Storage Bag | £12.99 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
These storage bags come in three colors – Rose Quartz, Ameythyst and Mint. They're great for storing fruit and veg, and cooking them, too. Or for sous vide cooking – tenderizing meat has never been more stylish. Freezer, microwave and oven safe (to 220°C), too. Versatile is an understatement.

John Lewis & Partners GOTS Organic Cotton Reusable Mesh Fruit & Vegetable Bag | £6 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
We are big fans of fruit and vegetable bags, especially ones like this! You can use them at home or take them to the supermarket, and it's such an easy way to store large quantities of food that doesn't need to be refrigerated. From potatoes to onions.

3. Invest in high-quality, buy-once containers for leftovers and dried foods

OXO Good Grips SNAP Glass Storage Container

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If you invest in good quality plastic containers, they will last and last – and you can use them for fridge storage and packed lunches, swapping them out for other one-use plastics.

OXO Good Grips SNAP Glass Storage Container | £12 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Using containers as kitchen storage isn't exactly groundbreaking, but these OXO ones are made from shock-resistant pressed borosilicate glass. They are also oven-safe, suitable for freezer use and they can be microwaved. Also, they're certainly not an eyesore like other multicolored containers we often see...

Sistema Brilliance Multi-Purpose Stackable Leak-Proof Container | £3.33 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Small, stackable and brilliantly priced, these (glass again) containers are ideal for storing snacks – nuts, dried fruit, chopped fruit. Or, you could use them to store your spices. Yes, they're dishwasher-safe, and you can pop them in the freezer, fridge and microwave.

In the US? We've found similar kitchen storage at Macy's ...

Martha Stewart Collection 4-Pc. Canister Set | $42 $20.99 at Macy's (opens in new tab)
This set includes four canisters, all with wooden lids. They are all dishwasher safe too. If they are good enough for Martha Stewart, they are good enough for us.

Stasher Reusable Stand-Up Mega Bag | $50 $29.99 at Macy's (opens in new tab)
Reusable bags aren't just great for storing opened food – veggies, bagels, chips – but they're great for fridge and freezer use, too. These ones are large, non-toxic, and dishwasher safe. You can even draw on them with a washable pen to label.

Martha Stewart Collection 12-Pc. Glass Storage Set | $84 $41.99 at Macy's (opens in new tab)
Looking for somewhere stylish to store leftovers, dried food, and snacks? These Martha Stewart approved glass containers are leakproof, and they come in a pack of six. Great for lunches and they are dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer safe.

Annie is Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Homes & Gardens. With a penchant for shopping, a first-class Journalism degree, and four years of eCommerce experience behind her, she is our shopping guru when it comes to what to buy for your home, when to invest — and where to do your shopping. Her eCommerce experience has inspired countless online purchases across the titles of Ideal Home, Livingetc, Gardeningetc, Real Homes, and Woman & Home. Annie and her team currently curate shopping content for Homes & Gardens, so whether you're searching for luxurious towels to spruce your bathroom or a pantry organizer to maximize space and add style, they can recommend a product (or 10).