Strainee: Would You Buy This Product?

Strainee: Would You Buy This Product?

Emily Han
Dec 2, 2010

We shudder a little every time we have to clean food gunk out of the kitchen sink strainer or pick hair from the one in the shower, and we frequently spray or scrub our strainers with vinegar to disinfect them. But as much as we might be grossed out by cleaning strainers, we'd never consider using disposable ones. How eco-unfriendly, right? Strainee proposes to solve this problem…

According to manufacturer Dansa, metal bathtub, shower, and sink strainers are difficult to clean and non-hygienic. Thus, the company developed a line of disposable strainers called Strainee. These strainers can last up to two months or be disposed of after a single use. The retail price about $1.13-1.50 for a package of six to eight strainers.

Here's where the "earth friendly" part comes in: Strainee is made from 100% corn starch, which is biodegradable in five to six months, according to the company, or even faster "if birds, squirrels, or rabbits eat Strainee after disposal." We haven't had enough time to observe this first hand, but we imagine it would degrade fairly easily in a compost bin or backyard as it does not contain any plastic fillers like many other corn starch products.

Still, we can't help feeling that this is an unnecessary product. We'd rather deal with the minor disgust of cleaning our metal strainers than purchase an "eco-friendly" product that still take resources to grow, manufacture, package, and ship. But what do you think? Is Strainee just another example of greenwashing, or is it the answer to your housekeeping prayers?

Learn more: Strainee

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