Stasher bags are an eco-friendly alternative to disposable sandwich bags. Learn more about their benefits for your health and the environment.
Plastic sandwich bags are a ubiquitous part of twenty-first century life. They’re what we pack our kids’ lunches in, what we store leftovers in, how we carry our lunches with us to work… In short, they’re a huge component of global plastic use. But while the use of some plastic goods is probably inevitable, it’s a good idea to tone down your use of the stuff whenever possible. Enter Stasher Bags.
What Are Stasher Bags?
Founded by Kat Nouri, Stasher Bags are a toxin-free, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic food bags. Actually, scratch that — they’re not just an alternative, they’re significantly better.
In addition to being free of plastics (Stasher Bags are made from silicone), these handy bags are pretty much endlessly reusable, meaning they’ll keep waste out of landfills and save you cash in the long run.
Another major bonus: They’re dishwasher- and oven-safe. Want to wrap your salmon in order to bake it, but scared of aluminum leaching into your food? Stasher Bags are the answer.
Problems With Plastic
Let’s take a second to talk a little bit about why you might want to reduce the amount of plastic you use.
First of all, there are major health issues to consider. Plastics contain synthetic and often toxic chemicals that can leech into your food and disrupt your biological processes. In fact, plastics can interfere with healthy hormones, cell growth, mental wellness and healthy aging.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is the most well-known of the harmful chemicals in plastic, but it isn’t the only one. When heated, these chemicals become extremely unstable, but they can be harmful even when unheated, according to Stasher Bags’ website.
Beyond your own personal health, plastics are bad for the health of the planet. Stasher Bags states that about 20 million plastic bags go into landfills every year — and that’s just in the US. Plastics cannot be endlessly recycled, as their quality degrades with each respective cycle. Even if they’ve fallen into the hands of responsible consumers and been recycled to their maximum capacity, they will still take over 500 years to degrade in a landfill. When we’re talking about a scope of 20 million bags in the US alone, that’s a huge environmental issue.
How to Use Your Stasher Bag
Stasher Bags are a fantastic solution. Silicone is made from silica, a naturally occurring substance often found in sand. Stasher Bags are so strong that they don’t need to be thrown away (pretty much ever), but if you DO need to dispose of them, the company will happily take them back to recycle them.
You can use your Stasher Bag in temperatures up to 400 degrees F, making them ideal for sous vide cooking and baking. They’re also completely dishwasher safe. Use their variety of sizes to hold snacks, sandwiches, desserts, or fruit. And of course, our new Stasher Bag samplers give you yet another way to use your Stasher Bag: To hold your Vital Proteins stick packs!