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- Stojo makes collapsible food and drink containers designed to replace disposable alternatives.
- My second grader loved his “transformer bottle” that he’s yet to lose, unlike other water bottles.
- I loved that the convenient collapsible storage containers made my cupboard a little less hellish.
Last summer, Sistain, a woman-owned and operated site specializing in sustainable living, sent me a box of goodies available for sale in its store. All of the items were useful and eco-friendly, but the Stojo collapsible cup stuck out to me the most.
I had to learn more, so I reached out to Stojo and tried several of their bottles, cups, and storage containers. After four months of use, these items continue to be what I reach for when I need a storage container or on-the-go drinking receptacle.
Design and specs
- Cup sizes: 8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz, 24 oz
- Bottles sizes: 14 oz, 20 oz
- Food storage sizes: 24 oz, 36 oz
- Color options: 25, including carnation, cashmere, and ink
- Materials: FDA-certified silicone and polypropylene, free of BPA, BPS, cadmium, mercury, and lead
- Dishwasher-safe: Yes
- Microwave-safe: Yes
If you’re smart, using the Stojo collapsible containers out of the box will be simple. If you’re like me, it requires a little thinking…and perhaps the instructions, which are simple to follow. For example, when any of the items are sealed, you can’t expand or collapse them because the seal is airtight. You have to open the tabs or remove the lid to let air get in and out.
The cups come with heat sleeves so you don’t burn yourself while holding hot drinks. The hard sleeves slide on easily and are dishwasher safe.
Review of Stojo
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, my second grader, Bucky, isn’t allowed to drink directly from the school drinking fountains. Instead, the school has the kids bring in water bottles from home. Unfortunately, Bucky would keep leaving his unexciting water bottles at school, where they would disappear into some lost-and-found limbo never to be seen again.
The Stojo Jr. Bottle ended this cycle. With its fun collapsible design, the bottle resembles the fidget toys that are all the rage among kids these days. Yet, unlike fidget toys, the Stojo Jr. Bottle hasn’t been banned from school. So, we gave Bucky a “transformer bottle,” as he calls it, that he hasn’t lost yet after three months of in-person schooling: a modern miracle!
Our cupboard of storage containers is a mess. We keep the lids separate from the main containers, but they still get jumbled up, and none of the lids seem to match any of the containers. I’m certain the cupboard is one of the circles of hell.
I like the Stojo 36 oz Bowl because it holds a lot of leftovers, and it collapses to 7 inches in diameter and 1.25 inches thick to take up minimal space in our hellish cupboard. I plan on phasing out our other containers and replacing them with the 36-ounce bowl. This will be a slow process since the bowls are pricey ($25 a pop).
One of the big selling points of the Stojo cups is that they’re easy to carry around in your pocket or purse. When you stop at a coffee shop, you can use your own cup instead of the disposable cups most establishments offer and thus keep some trash out of the landfill. The 16-ounce cup, the largest I tested, fits in my pocket easily. It collapses into a disc that’s 2 inches thick and 4 inches in diameter.
Cons to consider
In my house, if an item can’t be washed in the dishwasher, it goes through a several-day process of sitting around the sink until someone is motivated to clean it. Consequently, some items that probably shouldn’t go in the dishwasher end up in there. That said, I don’t think the reusable straws that come with the cups should go in the dishwasher. When you run them through the dishwasher, they tend to hold onto the soapy taste of the detergent. Unless you like to add soap to your lattes, I recommend washing the straws by hand with a narrow brush.
Getting the lids to stay on the food storage containers takes a little practice. You have to get the lid lined up with the rim of the container just right, making sure the sealing rim is in place. Then, you push down on top of each of the four clips. I appreciated that the precise fit translated to a tighter seal, thus keeping food fresher longer.
The bottom line
Stojo items are outstanding if you’re looking for an easy way to organize your food storage container drawer, want a convenient and eco-friendly way to take your morning coffee on the go, or want your kid to be the envy of their second-grade class. My family has had fun using these unique containers, and we look forward to trying out Stojo’s future offerings.
Pros: Made of FDA-certified silicone and polypropylene, items collapse for easy portability and storage, eco-friendly alternative to disposable containers, 25 color options
Cons: Straw held onto
taste, the storage container lid is hard to seal