Stasher reusable silicone bag

I’m working on reducing the amount of plastic we use in our kitchen. I’m particularly concerned with using plastic free school lunch containers, so I bought a silicone storage bag to review. If you’d like to know more about why, please visit my previous post about this.

Today I’m reviewing a reusable, microwavable silicone bag called the Stasher. This is not a sponsored post, but any Amazon links below are referral links since I’m an Amazon affiliate.

The research out there indicates that silicone is safer than plastic, and specifically, it’s heat-safe. One negative is that it CAN hold onto odors. I wash our silicone containers, plates and bowls with unscented dish detergent. That seems to do the trick so far, but we’ve only been using these containers and dishes for a couple of months.

A web search will show you that there are tons of blog posts dealing with removing the smell from silicone. I guess that’s good and bad. Good because people have solutions; bad because it must be a common problem!

Some people use baking soda or vinegar. Others have success just putting the silicone in their ovens for 15 minutes or so there are different things you can try if you’ve discovered your silicone is starting to smell.

Stasher reusable silicone bag:

The Stasher bag currently comes in a snack size, a sandwich size, and a half-gallon size. They’re not cheap. It’s $11.99 for a sandwich bag, but you can use it over and over indefinitely, so eventually it pays for itself since I’m not buying plastic throwaway sandwich bags anymore.

Our Stasher filled with grapes. The green container is a Lifefactory glass container…review coming soon!

There are cheaper silicone bags on Amazon, but I chose Stasher for a couple of specific reasons:

One, silicone needs to be 100% food-grade silicone without fillers; otherwise the silicone could contain plastic fillers, the one thing I’m trying to avoid in the first place. There are nearly a thousand reviews on Amazon of people using Stasher, and many of the reviews mention doing a “pinch” test on the silicone, and that Stasher passes.

Now, I don’t know that the “pinch” test is entirely scientific. Basically, you pinch the silicone, or bend and squeeze it, if you see white, then the silicone has fillers in it.

But even if it’s not a scientific test, the Stasher is sold at Crate & Barrel, the Container Store, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bloomingdales, etc. It’s been reviewed by the Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, the Food Network, and so many more. Because of this, I do have faith this is quality silicone.

Two, the Stasher closes differently than most other silicone bags out there, and it’s easy for my 6 year old to manage. It’s a little difficult to explain, but if you look around at silicone bags on Amazon, you’ll see that most of them have a plastic stick-looking thing that slides over the top of the bag to seal it.

I read reviews saying that type of top was tricky for kids to handle on their own, so these kinds of bags may be better suited for food storage in the home than a school lunch container.

The Stasher closes almost like a throwaway plastic sandwich bag. It’s pinch-lock seal, and my son can open it and close it on his own.

We use the Stasher to send sandwiches and burritos to school. Occasionally I’ll put something like grapes in it. Since many people use Stasher for sous vide, I could probably put things like mac ‘n cheese in it, but I haven’t tried that yet.

The Stasher is microwavable. I explained to my son that first he needs to make sure the bag is opened to allow steam to release, but then he or his teacher can put it in the microwave. The first few times he used it at school, I wrote on it with a dry-erase marker, so his teacher would know that it’s microwavable. I also emailed her about it. We’ve had no issues using the Stasher as a plastic-free school lunch container for us.

Our Stasher with a burrito inside. The green container is a stainless steel container by LunchBots. I’ll be reviewing that one too.

I usually wash the Stasher by hand with unscented dish soap, but it can go through the dishwasher. When my son comes home from school, I immediately rinse the Stasher even if I don’t wash it right away. I think that probably helps keep the silicone from picking up a food scent.

For drying it, I use a spatula to hold the Stasher open to air out, and then I place it upside down overnight in a sink drying rack. I read a review online about a Stasher growing mold inside, but I think as long as you keep it open when it’s wet, that’s not going to happen.

I use a wood or silicone spatula (nothing sharp) to hold open the Stasher while it air drys.

So yeah! We like the Stasher! It’s also available in different colors and patterns, so that’s fun too!

Disclaimers again:

As I said up top, this review is completely independent. I did a lot of online research myself, scrolling through product reviews before I ended up purchasing this item at full price. I recommend this product, but that’s just my opinion, and you may find that this product doesn’t work well for your family. Also, the Amazon links are referral links. That means if you purchase anything through the links, I’ll receive a small amount of money from Amazon. When that happens, I save it all up until I have enough to buy…well, things like silicone bags and glass food containers to review!

Do you use silicone in your kitchen? Do you have any plastic-free products you really love and want to share with us?

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Review: Seventh Generation Diapers (#FreeYourBaby & win free diapers!) @seventhgen

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, especially since its conception, then you know I cloth diaper my son. We had been cloth diapering full time, but this spring things have changed a bit. First, I decided to use disposable diapers for all trips (it’s just much, much easier to use disposables when you’re traveling), and then last month poor Little J had a terrible diaper rash from being on medication and having a wonky stomach.

I do like the natural diaper rash solutions, but none of them seem to work as well for him as zinc oxide…which can stain or damage cloth diapers. So if Little J has a rash, I reach for the disposables! How convenient is it that we received a box of Seventh Generation Diapers to review the same month he was exclusively wearing disposables?

 Seventh Generation #FreeYourBaby Diaper Review

Seventh Generation is the first FSC® certified diaper made in the US, and I think that’s pretty awesome! What that means is the Forest Stewardship Council has recognized the environmental efforts Seventh Generation has made while making these diapers to “encourage healthy forest growth,” “prevent loss of natural forest cover,” and more, including transparency in their forest management procedures.

Seventh Generation Diapers are unbleached (no chlorine-processing), as well as free of fragrances, inks, and petroleum-based lotions. Their Free and Clear wipes are hypoallergenic, as well as free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens, and phthalates. Little J’s skin is much more sensitive than mine, and I’m happy knowing that I’m putting him in a diaper that won’t aggravate his skin.

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The wipes are quite thick, and I’m pleased with how well they clean Little J. I don’t have to use as many wipes as I do with other brands. The diapers fit him well. Little J is 2-years-old and 24 pounds in these photos. He’s wearing size/stage 4. He doesn’t have any problems with the diaper leaking overnight, but I should mention that Little J has never been a “heavy wetter.” We’ve never experienced those types of leaks. My favorite thing about these diapers is the lack of that heavy, unnatural perfume smell you get with other brands.

You can find out more about Seventh Generation and their products at seventhgeneration.com, but you’ll also find the diapers in many online and brick/mortar stores.

Right now Seventh Generation is having a pretty cool contest on Instagram! See details below:

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CLOSED Giveaway: Geleeo Cooling Gel Stroller Pad, 6/5-6/19

Welcome to the Geleeo Cooling Gel Stroller Pad Giveaway!
Hosted by Mommys Craft Obsession and Sponsored by Geleeo!
Photo Credits: Geleeo

Geleeo was designed by a mom who was ready for her daughter to be cooler while in her stroller. Annoyed with the lack of cooling options available and the impracticality of ice pads in in her daughters stroller, she sought out to create a product that would be practical and convenient for moms on the go. After years of research, she discovered a proprietary cooling gel that required no refrigeration and she was determined to create a stroller pad that would keep her daughter, and children all over the world, cooler while in their strollers.

Geleeo is a ground breaking new product that has arrived just in time for summer! This revolutionary stroller pad keeps your child cooler without the need of refrigeration of the product thanks to a hydrogel inside the pad that stays cooler than its surrounding environment. Geleeo is a reusable pad that will keep your child cooler on a daily basis, so whether you’re out for your daily stroller, visiting the local zoo, or taking a family vacation, Geleeo will make sure your little one always has a cool body temperature while they’re in their stroller! To learn more about this innovative technology, head on over to the review at Mommys Craft Obsession!
Geleeo is designed to fit all toddler strollers and is available in two colors – blue and pink! Not a huge fan of blue or pink? No problem! Geleeo is also reversible to offer a light gray color as well!

To Purchase:  Geleeo is available in various retailers and online retailers across the U.S. as well as in some worldwide countries. To get a full list of retailers, click here!

To Win: Geleeo and Mommys Craft Obsession have teamed up to give one lucky winner a Geleeo Cooling Gel Stroller Pad in their choice of color! Enter the giveaway form below for your chance to win!

 

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 19th. The winner will be chosen at random through  Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. Winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving their winner’s email otherwise they will forfeit their prize and a new winner will be chosen. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Geleeo. Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. For any questions contact Mommys Craft Obsession. Mommys Craft Obsession did receive compensation or product in exchange for the promotion of this event. 
My Life: A Work in Progress was not compensated for this post.
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