Stasher Review and Give Away ~ an alternative to ziploc bags
A while ago I attempted to get plastic bags out of my life completely and was partially successful. We no longer use garbage bags ever. We switched mostly to mason jars and pre-existing tupperware. But I faltered on ziplocs. There are just some things in life that are hard to substitute, like sugar and beach vacations.
When I saw Stasher and was offered an opportunity to review them, I thought we might have finally arrived at a reusable ziploc bag replacement.
Great things about Stasher:
- They’re really thick and durable. We haven’t had any issues with tearing or breaking.
- They’re dishwasher safe.
- They come in fun patterns.
It’s a step in the right direction. Someone somewhere is recognizing the need to not use ziplocs but this attempt leaves a few things to be desired.
- The capacity isn’t as large as a ziploc of the same size. For example, I can fit three times more carrots in a quart sized ziploc than a similarly sized stasher bag.
- They’re bulky. The thick walls mean they won’t rip or tear and they seal well, but that also means that they take up a lot of space.
- The disposable aspect of ziplocs is part of their appeal, so something reusable is bound to miss the mark a little. For example, I tend to reach for a ziploc bag when I don’t want to care about whether it comes back to me. As much as I try to avoid these situations, they still happen. I also reach for them with things like meat – and these bags will not be a replacement for meat related things because they aren’t big enough.
- They’re expensive. Quart sized disposable bags are about 8 cents a piece and a Stasher bag is about $12. At that rate you would need to use a Stasher bag 150 times before you recouped your cost. I’ve gotten to a place where I’m willing to pay more to love the Earth, but I think this is a deal breaker for some.
- They’re currently not recyclable. The company is working on it, and I think it’s noteworthy since ziplocs are recyclable at pretty much every grocery store nationwide and silicone isn’t. You can check on the status of Stasher’s recycling program by clicking here.
But if they’re free… you have nothing to lose!
You can try them out for yourself by entering to win below. Open to US residents only.