Can plastic takeout containers be reused?

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By Mya L. Koch

We all have that one kitchen cupboard – you know the one. It’s got all of those plastic takeout containers you’ve saved or purchased over the years. All shapes and sizes, for all kinds of uses. Big ones, small ones – all there for you when you need to stash the night’s leftovers or take lunch to work.

At, we offer a vast line of plastic takeout containers. Dozens in various shapes, sizes, styles and colors. If you own a restaurant, there’s one for just about any kind of food you’re offering.

But one question you – or your patrons – might be asking is “Can my plastic takeout containers be reused?”

The short answer is an enthusiastic ABSOLUTELY!

Give your plastic takeout containers a new life

reusing containers for leftovers or lunches

These days, as we are all more conscious about what we are tossing into the garbage and, ultimately, into the landfill, it’s comforting to know our plastic takeout containers can keep on working for us.

Whether you are looking at our tiniest round plastic food containers or biggest square ones – or all those in between – take a sec and think about all you can do.

Have lunches to pack? That plastic food container you picked up your sesame noodles in is a great fit for a bowl of homemade soup for work the next day.

Need to make sandwiches for a picnic, but don’t want to waste a bunch of plastic sandwich bags? No problem! They’ll fit great in one of our rectangle shaped plastic takeout containers. You can even sort the treats by flavor – bologna in the red ones, vegetarian in green, chicken in the orange ones.

Leftover pizza, but not enough to justify shoving that box into your stuffed fridge? Grab that 48 oz square container to keep them in until your ready for more. It’s a great fit!

heat and cold resistance of takeout containers

Hot, cold don’t bother them

Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether reusing a plastic takeout container is really safe. Folks worry about the plastics breaking down, melting, cracking or changing the taste of food.

But peace of mind comes along with our plastic takeout containers, too.

They can go from the freezer, to the fridge to the microwave – safely. Here are the benefits:

  • Stackable
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack)
  • Freezer safe
  • Hot liquid safe
  • Microwavable
  • Leak resistant
  • Renewable
  • Recyclable
  • BPA free, in most cases

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A header

According to the Mayo Clinic website,, BPA stands for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used since the 1950s to make some plastics and resins. These polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store foods and drinks.

Some research has shown that small amounts of BPA can leach into food or beverage from containers made with the compound. Long-term exposure is a concern because of possible “health effects on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.” Additional research suggested a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said that it’s safe at low levels.

Not having it included in our plastic takeout containers provides another level of confidence in this type of easy-to-use packaging.

Divided 3 compartment containers

Divide and Conquer

Some of the takeout containers you’ll find at are also divided. This only makes it easier to reuse and pack lunches for yourself, the kiddos or your better half. Another great idea: grab a bunch the next time your church or community group is hosting a large event. Roast beef on one side, potatoes on the other and everything stays fresh for your crowd.

The bottom line is that today’s plastic takeout containers provide both convenience and peace of mind.

Where to find plastic takeout containers online

4 colors of rectangular plastic takeout containers

Here are some links to our popular plastic takeout containers:

Orange Meal Prep / Takeout Containers:

Red Meal Prep / Takeout Containers:

Lime Green Meal Prep / Takeout Containers:

Microwavable Plastic Food Containers:

Mya L Koch is a Sales Order Specialist for who has vast experience as a journalist, writer and editor for publications such as The Wilmington Star-News and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she managed staffs of young writers and photographers and helmed daily, monthly and annual publications seen throughout the region. Her writings have been published in magazines, newspapers and most recently in a hard-cover book for the national Bring Music Home initiative. She has extensive experience as an editor, manager and in retail sales. She welcomes your ideas and suggestions for her blog post as part of the BABCOR Packaging / team.

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