Open your refrigerator – how many plastic containers do you see? Now open that cabinet where you store your shopping bags – do you really need that many plastic bags? We often store in our takeout boxes/plastic containers and keep those plastic bags in hopes to reuse someday because we forget to carry our cloth bags to the store. Most of these little habits are formed because it is convenient and cheap but we do them without thinking about the effects of its continued use on our environment. To solve both problems with one design, Gabriel Steinmann created P0 (pronounced pio like the letter and number) which stands for ‘project zero’ – a storage and shopping solution for food that aims to reduce consumption emissions.
P0 helps us to switch to and maintain a plant-based diet and reduce the amount of food waste. The design blends organic and sustainable materials with an earthy aesthetic to invoke warmth and a more personal relationship with the items we use. Its ceramic body and textile lining help encourage a deeper appreciation for the food we consume and make us more aware of how much food we actually need to minimize wasting it. It is also a practical and attractive utensil in your kitchen – “a symbol of change, of becoming a little bit more human,” as rightly described by Steinmann.
The jury at iF Design Awards gave PO the ‘iF Design Talent Award 2020’ because it raises awareness and facilitates sustainable food consumption using a very beautifully designed functional product. “The design will appeal to early adopters who will become ambassadors for this product. The whole process is well thought-out and the combination of the different materials is aesthetically pleasing and endorses the entire concept. The possibility of customization makes it even more personal and inspires others to change their food consumption habits,” added the jury.
This self-sufficient, parametric, adaptable storage-and shopping solution is something I would really love to see taking over the world and make that sustainable switch in our lifestyle convenient enough to ditch the plastic containers and shopping bags.
The trend of growing microgreens and herbs at home has come with its own set of pros and cons – people are starting to grow their own food to be more green but the food storage solutions are starting to get more complex and not green. DUNSTA was designed to bring the age-old tradition of storing fresh produce in a natural way while being aligned with your modern lifestyle. It uses evaporative cooling to create an environment similar to that of the root cellar, but for an urban living arrangement – so your fruits and vegetables will stay crispy and fresh longer without needing electricity!
Terracotta is baked clay, it is natural, high-quality, and maintenance-friendly material that is sustainably made as it doesn’t exploit natural resources like trees or need a high carbon footprint generating things like electricity during its production. Terracotta has distinct red and orange hues due to its iron content and is a porous form of clay. It is preferred in design because the manufacturing process is very simple, sustainable, and eco-friendly – it does not include any harmful chemicals and therefore is the perfect choice to store your food in. DUNSTA keeps the environment inside cool with a base layer of sand and a little channel on the top where you can add water. Once covered with the lid, your produce will remain fresh without the need for plastic wraps or containers.
While terracotta is eco-friendly it is important to remember that it is not biodegradable. This means nothing will happen to the DUNSTA even after multiple centuries because it will not degenerate into the soil as clay does so you can also use it as a sustainable time capsule!
I lived in various different climatic settings and one thing that is a persistent small problem causing large amounts of waste is storing food. If it is a tropical climate and you leave the food outside it will go bad due to the heat and if you are in somewhere cold and dry then you have to reheat your food in the microwave multiple times which is bad for your health. So how do we cover and store our food to reduce waste and effort? This conceptual device called The Mother’s Heart has the answers…yes, just like our mothers in the kitchen.
There is a Korean practice of covering food with a cloth (Sang bo) which has been a tradition for centuries and has worked well – a ramie or silk fabric covering keeps it ventilated in the summers while a thicker fabric keeps it insulated in the winters. Inspired by this, the Mother’s Heart was designed to keep food fresh and retain its original nutrient quality. It is a simple device that is crafted like a dome food covering and an accompanying base plate. The covering has a dial on top and that lets you adjust the settings based on the food you’ve cooked. You can select between refrigeration or warmth and there is a timer feature that lets you select for how long you want to keep it running. The bottom heating coil can maintain an internal temperature of 60 Celcius or higher to store food like noodles and curry. The upper cooling fan can keep the temperature below 5 Celcius to store dishes like salads or sandwiches.
“When I came home and lift up the cloth to have my meal, I could feel my mother’s warmth in the warmth of the rice. This design is inspired by sang bo so that mothers can still give their children fresh meals infused with their love,” elaborates Seojoung as he recalls the nostalgia that led him to create the award-winning Mother’s Heart. This is not only a convenient device for mothers but also anyone who works and cooks their own meals. It has the ability to help us reduce food waste and consume radiation-free meals. While meal-prep is great, there is nothing like a freshly cooked meal after you finish your chores – no one likes a wilted lettuce salad or a microwaved mac-n-cheese.
All over the world, we face the challenge of waste generation and management. Most people think that plastic is the biggest culprit but you would be surprised to know that food waste the largest waste contributor worldwide. To put it into context, food is responsible for 44% while plastic is responsible for 12% – that is a problem we need to fix and designer Lea Randebrock is taking a step in the right direction with her Clay Pantry collection.
About 1/4th of the food waste, which is generated in industrialized countries goes back to the actions of consumers and the busy lifestyles of western countries in combination with a lack of knowledge. Old-timey solutions like root-cellars made it possible to store produce throughout winter but now we have cheap food that is quick to cook and always available which has been taken for granted. People are not only detached from their environment but also from the food they consume and Clay Pantry wants to change that approach through its organic design. It provides a suitable space for fruits and vegetables which make up for the highest waste count. Inspired by traditional storing methods, this collection was created to be used within our modern lifestyle settings – the best of both worlds. The furniture-container collection includes the Root Stool, Fruit Shelf, Tempered Box, and Watering Jug which are all crafted around the behavior and actions of watering plants. “By watering the objects like plants, the focus goes effortlessly to the objects and the content,” describes Randebrock who has been a student of furniture design and is inspired by indigenous materials.
Clay has been used since ancient times as a storage solution for food and drinks, having grown up in India it is a big part of the culture and in fact, water stored in clay pots is always cooler (and sweeter!). The cooling effect is due to the porosity of earthenware which has natural cooling properties when soaked with water. Clay Pantry optimizes this property to give you a range of storage containers for small, urban homes. The Root Stool provides dry and dark storage space and the Tempered Box was created for produce that needs humid and cool conditions. The Fruit Shelf and Water Jug are self-explanatory. Clay Pantry’s modular nature makes it a perfect fit for compact apartments and for those looking for an eco-friendly storage solution for their produce.
“In the situation followed by the challenging spring of 2020, I believe it is more important than ever to include empathy in our society. Any aspects of everyday life are challenged and need to be redesigned and restructured. While this is a challenging time, this is a chance to question the status quo. As a designer, I hope to contribute in a positive way to a Post-Corona society,” says Randebrock, a student of the Royal College of Arts. She has used a traditional food storage method but brought it to life using 3D printing – the best of both worlds is embodied in this collection that serves us and our environment.
One of the biggest lifestyle changes for me was meal prep, it eliminates the fuss of deciding what to cook every day and made grocery shopping so much easier. One of the best parts was I didn’t have to order out when I was at work and it made me realize how quickly “But it is just $12!” adds up when you practically do it every other day. Seems like everyone was riding this meal prep wave till we were hit with WFH and that sudden change the pandemic brought on derailed the most disciplined people. For me, I stopped meal prep because I was adjusting to working from home and doing chores at the same time. So I started snacking throughout the day instead of cooking a meal because who wants to clean after a perpetual Monday (that is what it feels like in quarantine)? Enter TidyBoard! It is not wearing a cape but it is here to make your life easier and get your good eating habits back on track!
TidyBoard was designed to encourage healthy eating and turn it into a sustainable lifestyle change instead of a trend (looking at you, juice cleanse!). It streamlines your prep with strategically placed strainers, catches, and containers on the end of the cutting board so there is more to eat and less to clean. It keeps food and scraps separate and allows you to strain hands-free. When you are done with the chopping and cutting, one swipe of your hand will clear it all. TidyBoard is constructed from bamboo which is antibacterial and durable enough to last for years making the wear and tear worth the effort. Bamboo also makes it lightweight and eco-friendly. “The TidyBoard was mindfully influenced by math and physics. Our board is engineered as a lever to stay steady even with a heavy load in the containers,” says the team.
The product is calculatingly made to optimize your counter space and the collapsible containers make it super easy to prep and store. It can hang off the edge of your sink which actually makes you use less of your countertop for prep and you don’t have to worry about losing precious produce or fresh pasta to your sink! The cutting board acts as a lever to help hold the weight of the catch – it can hold up to 9 lbs of food in its container while hanging off your counter (do you even lift?). The BPA-free Food Grade silicone containers are made collapsible to save 50% of drawer/cabinet space which makes it perfect for small kitchens or homes that don’t have a lot of storage. The large catch and containers have volumetric and measuring marks to aid you in your prep so that you are never short on a meal because of wrong calculations! The collapsible strainers are nestled into the end of the board for cleaning or straining hands-free. The kit includes snap-on lids so you can store them in the containers right after prep. The lids also have a vent which makes it easy to microwave so you can store and eat from the same container.
Gordon Ramsey will be very pleased with your kitchen work ethic because TidyBoard keeps it clean and clutter-free. Say goodbye to chaotic cooking and welcome spick and span prep…something Monica Geller would say and we would absolutely agree with her! So prep ingredients without any stress, strain pasta, store cuttings, soak fruits and veggies, compost scraps, and serve up a whole cheese platter too if you feel like! It is hard enough to sanitize everything all the time, work from home, do all chores, so the last thing you should have to worry about is your meals and cleaning up after you cook. Bon appetit!
People across the world are looking for the best food storage containers and for a very important reason. Most governments across the world have asked citizens to stay inside their houses and practice social distance. As the coronavirus epidemic ravages the world, working from home, isolating oneself, and practicing hygiene are all very important. Which is why most people are now homebound and are desperate to stock up on supplies.
With this in mind, storing food products properly is a crucial task which many people fail to achieve.
This is because they do not have the right storage boxes and perishable food products get spoiled very quickly. Many other products are made from harmful plastic which can leach out chemicals into food. This is why it is important to buy storage boxes made from food-grade material.
During this outbreak of Covid-19, to help you stay home safe for a long time to come, we have made a list of some of the best food storage containers available in the market.
Here are the best food storage containers for 2020:
Rubbermaid Brilliance Leak-Proof Food Storage Containers with Airtight Lids
This BPA free Tritan lids and bases are perfect for storing food products. Stain-resistant and have built-in vents so that even when you microwave products they will not splattered around. You can safely use them in the dishwasher and freezer as well. Whatever you saving these boxes will remain fresh because these boxes are odor-free. The set contains 10 boxes and is crystal clear. One might mistake them for having been made from glass. Grab these beautiful boxes now.
If you're looking for boxes that can install dry food products then this is the perfect solution. You can store pet food, pantry staples, baking ingredients, pasta, and even spices. That easy to clean and you can quickly scoop food from the boxes. The lids are so tight that there is no way your food will get spoiled because of moisture and humidity. You can also stack the containers neatly in order to save space and keep your kitchen clutter-free. This one’s a keeper.
Glass Food Storage Containers with Lids
If you're worried about BPE, chemicals leaching from plastic products, and other unsavory features of modern-day food storage products, then look no further than these boxes. They are made from eco-friendly glass material under a tight and keep your food fresh and clean. They are made from borosilicate and come in different sizes such as 370 ML, 640 ML, 1040 ML, and 1520 ML. These are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic and come with the bamboo lids that are safe and biodegradable.
Formaticum Cheese Storage Bags
Cheese is not exactly a perishable food product, but it needs to be stored properly. Cheese needs to be stored in bags that regulate humidity and keep the food product cool and dry. This is why these cheese storage bags are exactly what you need. During the long Coronavirus quarantine, you can make sure that you will always have your supply of pasta and cheese. If you're craving for Mac and cheese, all you need to do is to dig into these bags for a constant supply of cheese throughout your quarantine.
Stasher Stand-Up 100% Silicone Reusable Food Storage Bag
If you were planning to freeze curries, liquids, juices, and other such food products you might have wondered how to store them. These 100% pure non-toxic platinum silicone bags are free from BPA, PVC, and don’t have any latex. This store all kinds of food products safely and they can be frozen for a long time. You can also freeze fruits but vegetables and other such food products. You just have to pinch lock the bag and it's ready to be frozen. Once you're done consuming the food product you can just wash it and reuse it. The bags can be used in the dishwasher, boiling water, microwave, and can withstand up to 400°F.
OXO 11179400 Good Grips Smart Seal Leakproof Glass Food Storage Container Set
This set comes with 8 cup glass containers, a 3.5 cup glass container, and a 1.6 cup glass container. It also comes with a 4-ounce container to store spices and such products. Made from borosilicate glass material, these boxes are durable, hygienic and perfect for storing food products during difficult times like these.
What can you do if you feel like having a sandwich in the middle of a gaming session during your quarantine? Do not worry, this breadbox is made from a leak-proof and silicon sealing system that keeps your bread fresh for a long time. Even during a self-imposed quarantine!
24-Piece Superior Glass Food Storage Containers Set
Store all your dry and wet food products in these high-quality glass box set. With 12 boxes made from premium glasses, you can rest easy that you will beat this period of isolation easily. Make sure to fill them up with nutritious edibles!
OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper
There is nothing more important than eating salads when you are homebound. You will probably not get enough exercise, and all that TV-watching and video game playing will make you put on weight. Use these storage boxes got store vegetables and other fresh produce safely. The box keeps them safe and fresh for a long time and protects them from methane gas.
Vtopmart Cereal Storage Container Set
Last but not the least, you should eat your cereal in the morning to stay healthy and fresh. This set comes with four boxes and 24 chalkboard labels. They are airtight, BPA-free and look great too. Get this set now to store enough cereals to face the social distancing.
Stock up on food products wisely and safely
At the end of the day, we would like to remind you, that staying calm and not panicking is very important. Make sure that you have enough supplies to last for at least two weeks but do not stock up more than that. A number of people may not be able to go to the supermarkets and then they do if they do not find any food products they will be in trouble. Stock up wisely and store your food products in storage containers that are healthy and safe. With a little effort and careful planning, we can all brace ourselves for tough days ahead until the epidemic passes and normalcy returns.
The storage of food is a market that designers have tackled a lot in the past, but none of the solutions have looked or worked quite like this one. Slock’s designer, Minki Kim, viewed the area from a different viewpoint and identified that common food storage systems focused primarily on the functionality and overlooked the usability, making the containers difficult to carry around, especially multiple at a time.
Slock’s design allows three containers to be carried using the curved, comfortable handle. When the user arrives at the table the, rather clever, sliding structure allows the three containers to lie horizontally on the table with ease, avoiding accidents and unwanted spillages.
The combination of curved glass, unusual round form and pared-back color options allow for Slock to seamlessly integrate into the kitchen’s interior décor.
Tree Story is a little forest of storage containers that artistically hold your favorite herbs and spices. The design’s inspiration comes from pure enjoyment of strolling through the woods, taking in the seasons and absorbing the variety of natural scents, colors, and shapes. Tree Story builds upon that experience, providing an assemblage of containers that are connected as a collection yet individually distinct with different canopies.
Users also interact with each container in a manner reminiscent of a tree – for instance: herbs and spices “fall” (by shaking them) from the glass canopy. Lead-free cast glass offers a pleasant view to the contents inside each container while the bases are culled from leftover, solid wood offcuts of varying species from around the world, giving each tree a story with its own unique origins!
A big, computer-ruining spill at the designer’s office served as the inspiration behind this better, smarter mug! Powered by patented “Smartgrip” technology, its base creates a super powerful airlock when placed on a surface to counteract collisions. No suction cups or magnets, it lifts off the surface naturally when you need a sip. Check out the video to see how it says no to getting knocked over!