Plastic Storageware
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The word “plastic” comes from the Greek ”plastikos,” which means “moldable” or suitable for molding.

Food grade plastic films and containers are made from polycarbonate, polyester or polyethylene all of which vary in terms of their density, permeability and strength. To improve impermeability to oxygen and moisture, plastic films are often laminated together, frequently with a metal. High Density PolyEthelene containers are approved for food because they won’t interact chemically with the food. High density polyethelene buckets will have HDPE stamped on them, or a recycle symbol with a "2" in the middle.

For more on Plastic you can visit Smart Kitchen's Overview of Materials page.

Plastic Storageware comes in myriad forms that are attractive and can help aid organization.

Plastic storageware is often a good choice because of its light weight, durability, flexibility, ease of cleaning, “grip-ability”, cost, moisture resistance, strength, and its variety of forms. Plastic can be chemical resistant, and transparent or solid and its almost impossible to break. Plastic storage can be good  for Dry Storage, Refrigerated Storage and Frozen Storage (though it can crack at low temperatures if handled too roughly).

In most cases, plastic is sensitive to heat and can melt at too high temperatures for a given plastic compound. Plastic can also stain.

Recent studies are pointing to some potential health problems with plastic. At Smart Kitchen, we use Plastic wisely and with caution, most often only when alternatives aren’t available.

Varieties

Tupperware is a well known and popular brand of Plastic Storage Ware.