reuseable snack bags before, this is the first chance I've personally had to try them out. First Reaction: The Semilla bags come in 10 adorable fabric designs. Our friend knows us well and chose the design with bikes on it, which we love! The packaging was very minimal: a recycled cardboard sleeve. The bags are very high quality, hand sewn in San Diego. Our snack kit came with a larger bag, with room for a sandwich, and a smaller bag, great for crackers, nuts or veggies. There is a nylon lining which is fairly water resistant, and the Velcro closure is of very high quality.
Actual Usage: I've now used the bags three times, and washed them once (they are machine washable!). I tried a variety of foods to determine what works and what doesn't. The foods I've now tried are as follows: baby carrots, celery sticks, Triscuit crackers, Goldfish-type crackers, wrapped cheese and a sandwich. For dry goods, the bags work wonderfully. Even for the carrots and celery sticks, I was very happy with the performance. For the sandwich however, or anything that has the potential to be very moist or sticky, there is the possibility that some of it could leak through the bag. While the bags are water resistant, they're not liquid tight. After washing the bag in the washing machine, it was as good as new and ready to be used again.
Overall: I'd expect these bags to last for at least a year with weekly usage. They're well made, look great, and are very functional. Not only are they healthier (lead free, phthalate free, and BPA free), they have the potential to replace hundreds of plastic baggies. For that, I'm very satisfied with these bags and they were a wonderful gift.
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