Are Plastic Containers Bad for My Pet? - Vittles Vault

Are plastic containers bad for my pet? {infographic}

Don't buy a plastic pet food container until you read this...

Not all plastic is the same. There are many different kinds of plastic containers; some types are safe, and some can be toxic and harmful. This poses the question about your pet food containers, “Can this plastic container harm my pet's food?”


Are plastic containers bad for pets?

Different Types of Plastic

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There are some types of plastic that can be dangerous to your pet. One type of plastic that can be very harmful to store your pet’s food in is polyvinyl chloride or PVC. It has an SPI code of 3 on the container.

pvc symbol polyvinyl chloride

Why is ​polyvinyl chloride bad?

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is one of the most toxic types of plastic. It is a known carcinogen. Exposure to PVC is also directly linked to allergies, diabetes, behavioral issues and more.

Sadly, the FDA has not outlawed, or even provided warnings about the danger of this material. Please be safe and avoid these plastic containers! Polyvinyl chloride containers are common for human food and household use, too. Check your home (especially if you use vinyl shower curtains) and try to limit your exposure.

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High-density polyethylene, or HDPE, is a type of plastic that is not harmful to people or pets! HDPE products are known to be very safe and do not allow any chemicals to seep into what is being stored in the plastic. Vittles Vault containers are made of high quality HDPE plastic and are also BPA-free and BPS-free!

Vittles Vault Outback 15 pound pet food container and 30

Vittles Vaults are made from HDPE, food-grade plastic

HDPE Label, BPA free

Look for the HDPE label on the bottom of your food containers

2. ​BP, What?

Many of us have heard the term, “BPA Free”, but do we actually know what that means?

BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is a chemical used in the production of some plastics and resins. Studies have shown that BPA can have negative effects on humans, which is why many plastic products are now BPA free. Like I mentioned above, all Vittles Vaults are BPA free, because we care about all our furry friends!

Since the FDA banned BPA in many types of containers, including baby bottles, it is often replaced with BPS, which stands for bisphenol S. Unfortunately, BPS is just as harmful.

According to Scientific American, "BPS can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer." You don't want this anywhere near you or your pets!​

Why Choose to Store your Pet's Food in a Vittles Vault

Not only are Vittles Vault containers made with high quality HDPE plastic, they are also constructed to keep your pet’s food fresh and keep pests out! All of our containers have a patented sealing system, which locks in the freshness with an airtight seal.

Many people think that all plastic pet food containers are the same. There is no other container for pet food on the market that has an airtight seal like the Vittles Vault.

Always remember! 

An important thing to note about plastic containers: It is possible for the oils from your dogs’ food to absorb into the plastic container over time, which can cause the food to become rancid. This is why it is extremely important to wash out your Vittles Vault regularly.

Just like any food container, you should always wipe and rinse your Vittles Vault container when you first get it. After the initial wash and rinse you should be cleaning out your container once a month, or every time you refill your container with a new bag of food. Let the container dry thoroughly before refilling with food to avoid having any moisture inside your Vittles Vault. 

Cleaning your Vittles Vault is just like cleaning Tupperware after you’ve eaten the leftovers out of it. You wouldn’t just eat the food out of your Tupperware and then put it back in the cabinet. Yuck! The same goes for your Vittles Vault. Think of it as a big Tupperware for your dog's food!

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Kassi Calton, a Marketing Specialist at GAMMA2, is a lover of all things pets, food, DIY and travel.

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