Episode 2 – Stasher Bags
The reusable alternative to ziplock bags
First of all, if you’ve tried last week’s recommendation, the Ecovibe compostable sponges, I hope you like them as much as I do.
This week we are looking at reusable ziplock bags, they can do so much more than simply store food…
The product – reusable ziplock bags
I’ve tried a few alternatives to the ziplock bag and these are undoubtedly my favourite. The quality is really high and they are very strong – this is key because I break everything.
They are made from 100% Pure Platinum food grade silicone. Silicone is made from Silica (basically sand) but also carbon. Silicone is a bit like a hybrid between rubber and plastic in that it does last forever which is why some environmental campaigners don’t love it, alongside the addition of carbon. BUT that is also what makes it the more sustainable option – these will last and replace MANY flimsy plastic ziplock bags. Arguably storing in glass is more sustainable as it can be endlessly recycled but it breaks easily and is bulky (to state the obvious).
They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and some even have a flat bottom so you can stand up open. They can replace plastic lunch boxes and containers too.
The key benefits of these are:
- They are plastic free (and therefore BPA and BPS free)
- High quality silicone means that they are hypoallergenic and approved safe to use by the EU for food storage
- Non-toxic (does not contain any fillers or byproducts)
- Easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe (really do survive unlike others I’ve tried)
- Microwave safe – defrost or cook with bag open
- Fridge and freezer safe and take up little space
- Oven safe – can withstand temperatures up to 230 degrees celsius
- Versatile – use for makeup or my favourite air travel toiletries (when we are actually allowed to fly again!)
- You can write on them
- No lids or extra parts to lose
- Stove and sous-vide safe (!!) – remove air first, seal firmly to close before boiling
For me the quality of the construction, the strength of the seal and the fact that they take up little space are major pluses for these reusable ziplock bags. And you can’t lose bits! If you look after them they should be endlessly reusable. But if you damage them then Stasher have their own recycling scheme, downcycling into safe playground pebbles.
You can check out all of their eco-credentials at the bottom of this post in our handy infographic.
How much is it and where do I get it?
I got mine from &keep, I’ve been shopping there for a while, they have a fab range of eco products!
Use can use my link here. You can get 5% off with the code Plasticfree5.
Full disclosure, I have been added to their affiliate program but I am only recommending products I have purchased myself, tried out and really like. If you’re uncomfortable with that let me know, you can also buy them elsewhere, just search for Stasher Bags.
The sandwich bag which you can see in my video (check it out on Insta) is £12.85 but as I say they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours.
That’s a wrap
I hope you like the Stashers. And let me know what you thought of the compostable sponges if you’ve tried them!
Also, drop me a message if you have any questions or recommendations of your own.
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