Plastic snack and sandwich bags, we’ve all used them at one point or another. With children running around, using these disposable bags seems like a no brainer but the truth is, they get tossed and add to our garbage piles. We often try to use our snack and sandwich bags more than once as a way of curbing the garbage but sooner or later, they do get tossed.
It should come as no surprise then that I was so excited to find Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags as my local grocery store. They seemed like such a perfect replacement for the disposable bags. It came with 2 sandwich bags and 2 snack bags with fun colours and appealing designs.
Question is: are these Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags any good?
Product Review: Do I like the Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags?
Let me cut to the chase and tell you right now that I certainly like the idea of the Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags. I like that they can be washed and reused over and over again. I like that there were two sizes to choose from that I would normally need, a snack size and a sandwich size. I like the colours, I like the concept, and yet…they’re not perfect.
I so wanted the Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags to be perfect so our family could do away with those disposable sandwich bags once and for all.
There’s a lot of good in these Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags. Each Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bag comes with a stand up design to make snacking a little easier.
The Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags are durable, leak resistant, dishwasher safe and freezer safe.
They’re BPA, PVC, latex, and phthalates free. I mean, how many products can make that kind of claim?
The sandwich size easily fits pita pockets, muffins, crackers, and more.
The seam seals well but…uh…that’s also part of the problem. The seal is so tight that at times, it’s actually a little tough for wee fingers to pry open. My big kid is able to open the bag on most occasions but when snack time is only a few minutes at school, the extra time needed to fiddle with the seam becomes incredibly cumbersome and annoying.
Does my big kid like using the Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags? If I had to be honest, I’d say no. With all the hassle, she’d rather use a sealable container that’s easier to access with a few simple clicks. For hungry schoolagers who’d like nothing more than to eat quickly to leave more time for play, these Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags seem to get in the way of that fun. At times, I’ve wedged a small piece of napkin into the seam to make it a little easier to open which is a little silly since it defeats the purpose of having a seal in the first place!
While the Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags are definitely washable, I have to tell you that the hubby absolutely hates washing them. He often feels like he can’t get the corners clean enough or that something gets left behind, however small. Now, if you only packed crackers in the bag it probably wouldn’t matter too much which then limits what you can put in these bags. Some days, he just flat out refuses to wash them because he’s so annoyed at how difficult the base is to clean. You see, if it didn’t have the standing design, this wouldn’t be an issue because it would be a lot easier to get into those straight corners without all the folds.
There’s no doubt in mind that these Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags are durable and could probably safely hold soup for days without any worry of a leak. For adults, I think these could easily fit into our lunch/snack routines so long as you don’t mind washing them. For children though, these aren’t the most friendly snack carrier. I really really wanted to like them but it just didn’t work out that way because they just don’t work for us right now. The Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags will likely work for many other families (my pal at work uses them happily for her lunch and snacks) and I do appreciate their concept and their existence. After all, we need environmentally positive options.
The good news is, there are plenty of other reusable options out there that we can tap in to. In the meantime, we’re going to stick with disposable snack bags and reusable containers. Sorry Russbe, better luck next time!
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