This week we've taken a look at the environmental impact of ZipLoc Bags and dicovered that though convenient, single-use plastic bags are contaminating our waterways and living in our landfills for hundreds of years. Fortunately, Stasher bags offer a perfect sustainable alternative. Here are a few benefits:
- Each Stasher bag has the potential to keep thousands of single-use plastic storage bags our of our landfills and waterways.
- Available in various colors and sizes.
- Completely free of BPA, BPS, lead, latex, and phalates.
- Microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
- Shipped without packaging waste.
- Made of silicone.
- Can be repurposed into playground or track surfaces at end of life.
To clean your Stasher bag, simply put it in the dishwasher or hand wash with warm, soapy water. It may be tempting to turn your bag inside out, but this will only degrade the strength of the bonded edges. If you are looking to get rid of unwanted odor, soak your Stasher bag in a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar for a few hours. And if your bag has stains, setting it in direct sunlight for a few hours will act as a natural bleaching agent.
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Put your leftovers directly into Stasher bags so they can be kept fresh in the refrigerator, then reheated in the microwave.
Eliminate the need for individually wrapped popcorn bags with this easy method! All you need is a Stasher bag, popcorn kernels, olive, and the flavoring of your choice (I usually just add a little salt). For more specific instructions, head to the Stasher bag website.
Simply chop your vegetables, seal them in a Stasher bag, and place in a pot of boiling water. For more specific instructions and cook times, take a look at this steaming guide on the Stasher bag website.
Marinate Meats or Fish
Make your marinade. Add meat or fish. Voila.
The sous vide method normally requires a vacuum sealed plastic bag, but Stasher bags are the perfect sustainable substitute.
Portion Freezer Meals
Portion out freezer meals for a quick and easy microwave reheat.
Load up your Stasher bag with eggs, vegetables, and seasoning. Moosh and shake until blended. Remove air and seal bag tightly. Then, plop the bag into a pot of boiling water for 12-15 minutes.
Homemade Ice Cream
Finally, there's a solution for enjoying ice cream without that pesky unrecyclable packaging. You can find an easy recipe on the Stasher bag website.
Quick Pickle some vegetables with this easy recipe on the Stasher bag website.
Refresh Stale Bread
Preheat your oven to 375XX and place bread slices in your Stasher bag. Leave a small opening for ventilation, then put the bag on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
Fill with ice and use as a cold compress without having to worry about leaks and drips.
Fill with rice and heat in microwave for cramps and sore muscles.
Make Up Bag
A Stasher bag's see through exterior makes it easy to find what you're looking for and contains messy products.
Keep messy art supplies from drying out and making a mess.
Cloth Baby Wipe Storage
Keep a stash of reusable baby wipes with you when you're out of the house.
Whether you're cloth diapering or headed to the beach, stasher bags make excellent wet bags for wet or soiled clothing.
Sensory Play Bag
Fill your Stasher bag with water and fruit slices then seal tightly for a colorful, squishy sensory bag. This is best for children under 18 months.
Mash Baby Food
Simply steam your vegetables then smoosh them up right inside the bag.
Breast Milk Storage
Use smaller sizes to store breast milk in your refrigerator or freezer without fear of leakage.
Stasher bags are equally good at keeping dry foods and cut up fruits or vegetables fresh.
On the Go
Keep a stash of reusable wet wipes in your purse or car for quick cleanups.
Stasher bags serve as excellent toiletry bag for any trip since they can contain any liquid spillage. An added bonus is their see through exterior, which is often required for flights.
Waterproof Bag for Valuables
Stasher bags have an air tight seal, so you can store valuables like your phone and wallet whenever you're at the pool or beach.
Keep a Stasher bag with you to collect food waste that can be composted when you get back home.
Fill your Stasher bag with ice and keep drinks and snacks chilled when you're on the go.