My continuing quest to reduce our environmental footprint in easy and painless ways led me to the Stasher line of products. They were stylish, always a plus in my book, but they are also plastic-free, and I found that to be very intriguing. So I found myself in one of my “research modes” and decided to test them out and give you the scoop on my research findings and the results of my product testing.
Just how would an eco-friendly kitchen storage bag perform? Let see, shall we?
A MISSION BASED COMPANY
Stasher was founded by Kat Nouri, who is touted as a woman who “thinks outside of the bag”. I love that tag line, don’t you? What I found out about Stasher is, that it exists solely because Kat feels so strongly about reducing the single-use plastics that abound in our world.
She runs a mission-based company centered on positivity, activism, wellness and transparency. Ms. Nouri is not only a leader in the plastic-free movement, but also a committed women’s rights activist and a mother of three. So far I was impressed.
STASHER PROMISES A LOT
Stasher has an attractive website which displays all its products and gives a great rundown on the technology involved in the development and designing of all their lines. I’ve done the research for you, here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
- Durable, reusable and non-toxic
- Safe in the dishwasher, microwave, oven-strong, sous vide ready
- Patented Pinch-Loc seals
- Fabulous colors: citrus, raspberry, aqua, amethyst, lime, smoke and clear
- Made from pure platinum silicone made from natural resources, like sand
- 100% plastic-free, BPA free and contain no fillers
- Can withstand temperatures of up to 400 degrees F
- Several “stand up” bag designs
- If a bag gets damaged, send it to Stasher and they recycle them into playground pebbles
Stasher products can be purchased online and at retail locations of Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond, and, of course, on their own website.
HOW DID THEY DO?
Drum roll please… well, the results were mixed, but overall very positive.
I used both of the Stasher eco-friendly kitchen storage bags over the course of a week, putting them through their paces in the microwave, oven, freezer and in boiling water.
They were fun to use and I just loved the myriad of ways they make life a little more fabulous when it comes to mundane kitchen tasks like food storage. The fact that they’re attractive and really stylish only ups the appeal for me.
I can honestly say that both bags held up and performed quite nicely in every way except when used to heat or cook a food in simmering water, such as a sous vide application as advertised.
I GAVE THEM SEVERAL CHANCES
The first time I attempted this test, the bag opened half way through the heating time. I figured that I probably didn’t seal it correctly and made another test the next day. Unfortunately, I had the same results 4 out of 5 times the products were tested in simmering water.
I was disappointed, to say the least, as I truly wanted to give this product an A+ rating, but the results simply don’t support such a rating.
Having said that, I will continue to enjoy using these eco-friendly kitchen storage bags and feel quite good about doing my little bit for this wonderful planet we live upon.
YOU’VE GOTTA PLUNK DOWN SOME $$
They are a bit pricey, but after having used them numerous times over the last week, I feel like they will last a very long time. As H.H. the accountant always says, do the cost/benefit analysis! Considering their durability, they could be a wise investment for both my pocketbook and the environment.
AND THE FINAL RESULTS ARE:
I can recommend using the Stasher Silicone Storage Bags as a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to conventional plastic storage bags and do so with no obligation to the manufacturer or distributors.
OVERALL PRODUCT REVIEW RATING: B+
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