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Reuseit™ Sandwich and Snack Bags {GIVEAWAY}

The reuseit™ sandwich bag - made of nylon in the US.
Recently I ran out of quart-sized and sandwich bag ziploc bags simultaneously.  As I pulled the last one or two baggies out of the box, I resolved to stop buying disposable baggies and find reusable alternatives I could use instead. The fact that I was using these disposable plastic baggies up until a couple of weeks ago is why I am truly still the "Eco-novice."

First I made a list of all the things I use plastic baggies for.  Click HERE to read the list and see if you have anything to add to it.

I hadn't been searching for reusable baggies for long before I landed on the Reuseit.com website. Treehugger calls Reuseit.com a "one-stop-shop for all manner of reusable containers and related products."  Reuseit provided me with a sandwich bag and a snack bag (free) so that I could try them and review them on my blog.  

And now for the review.

10 things about reuseit™ sandwich and a snack bags 

  • Using reuseit™ sandwich and snack bags will save you money in the long run.  You will also be doing the environment a big favor by using reusable instead of disposable. 
  • I have used my bags to store sandwiches, a block of cheese, apple slices, baby carrots, breakfast cereal, pretzals, cookies in the freezer -- worked well for all of them.  You should know that the cheese block (in the fridge) and cookies (in the freezer) were only stored for 1-2 weeks because that's as long as these things last in my house.  I was especially pleased about the cheese block, as I was worried about finding a viable alternative to a disposable plastic baggie for keeping the cheese block edible.
Use the snack bag to store cookies in the freezer.
  •  Fold-over Velcro enclosure: keeps the food in with no spilling
  • Adjustable in size (due to the long Velcro strip) -- maybe my favorite feature!  I was able to adjust the size to fit snugly around my block of cheese (see photos below).

This is the snack bag as large as you can make it.

But what if you want it to fit snugly around a block of cheese?
Presto!  You make it smaller using the long strip of Velcro.
  • Holds hot or cold foods
  • Sturdier and thicker than disposable baggies, so they better protect your crushable foods (sandwiches, pretzals, etc.). 
  • Made from ultra-durable, lightweight (and food-safe) nylon. Nylon is a petroleum-based synthetic fabric, like polyester, that has been around since the 1930s.
  • Super easy to clean.  You just shake them out or wipe off with a cloth.  After storing cheese (which got on the fabric), I turned the bag inside out, wiped it with a soapy sponge, rinsed, and set it in my drying rack.  Super fast and easy!  For occasional cleaning, toss in the washing machine (I would use cold water) and drip dry.  I would do this as little as possible to increase the life-span of the product, particularly the Velcro.
  • 100% made and manufactured in the USA. 
  • In recognition of their work to reduce consumption of wasteful, single-use, disposable products, Reuseit.com has received numerous awards, including Green America's People's Choice and Longtime Leadership Awards. The non-profit Green America promotes environmental sustainability, social and economic justice. Reuseit.com donates 1% of sales to environmental organizations.  They also provide donations and scholarships to like-minded non-profits.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

Win your very own reuseit™ sandwich bag AND snack bag (one of each).  Because I have great taste, I picked the best colors for you: brown (with blue) and blue (with gray).  These two bags were provided for the giveaway by Reuseit.com, but the bags will be shipped directly from Eco-novice (and I'm paying the shipping).

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment.  Make sure that either 1) I can contact you through your comment (because your email is on your Blogger profile or your blog, for example); 2) you leave your email address or some other way to contact you in your comment in non-spam form, like this - econovice2010 (at) gmail (dot) com; or 3) check Eco-novice's homepage on November 12 to see if you are the winner. 

For a second entry, spread the word by email, Facebook, Twitter, and/or your blog, and then leave a second comment below.

You may only enter TWO times total.  (I like to give a fair chance to social-media-challenged folks like myself, but I do appreciate you spreading the word any way you can!)

Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 11, 2010.  The winner will be announced November 12 on Eco-novice's homepage, and contacted by email if possible.


And the winner is. . . .Jen @ Big Binder.  Thank you, everyone, for participating! 

Full disclosure: After publishing this post, I became an affiliate for Reuseit.com.  If you buy something from them via my blog, I receive a small percentage of the purchase.  Read my disclosure policy here.