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.
- 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.