Reusable Lunch Bags of the World

by Regi_B

A good, long, semi-serious look at various multi-use lunch bag options.

The reasons to reuse lunch bags add up to serious business, but that does not mean we have to be serious about discussing them.

Okay, I will be semi-serious. Does that count?

What does "semi-serious" even look like?

Let's find out together.

Here we go!

Definition of "Reusable Lunch Bag"

How do we define "reusable lunch bag"? Let us agree that it has little to do with the example on the right.

It is not that paper lunch bags cannot be reused. It is that the paper wears much too fast, and we are left with something that must be thrown in recycling, or -- most often, due to food soiling -- in the trash. In short, these are not green lunch bags.

The Most Popular Reusable Lunch Bag Is also the Best

Lots of people have bought this reusable lunch bag -- the BUILT Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote -- on Amazon.

What is more, lots of people love it!

At this writing, with over 200 customer reviews posted on Amazon, this BUILT bag is rating a 4.6 out 5 stars.

Nice, and yummy.

A Quality Reusable Lunch Bag

I like this reusable lunch bag because it comes in a lot of color options. There is no reason to go with something basic and bland with the PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag.

Its makers say the bag is designed to keep the things you put in it "cooler longer" -- and they say that means up to 10 hours. For most of us, that is more than enough "keepin' it cool" time.

Customers mostly say they love the PackIt. 

Go Green with an Upcycled, Reused, Rice Bag Lunch Tote

If we are into reusable lunch bags in an effort to "go green", then we really must consider the products that "reuse" rice bags -- upcycling them into lunch totes.

One such lunch tote made of rice bags is shown to the right.

This type of bag makes two statements -- one a fashion statement, the other an eco-statement.

Household Items that Could Be Used as Reusable Lunch Bags

Some of these things are better ideas than others, but you need not always buy a new lunch bag to find something that can be used as a regular lunch tote.

Here are some hopefully helpful ideas.

  • An old military satchel,
  • A small courier bag,
  • One of those reusable shopping bags -- if you already own some,
  • An old backpack.

A Wonder Woman Lunch Tote

All the world is waiting for Wonder Woman.

Is all the world waiting for this lunch tote?

If you know a Wonder Woman fan, this may the right reusable lunch bag for them.

Perhaps, you are that person.

You're a wonder, Wonder Woman Lunch Bag!

Dabbawalla Reusable Lunch Bag

Your kids might love one of the lovable Dabbawalla lunch bag characters. Hey! You might love one, too!

One thing is for sure, shoppers on Amazon love these character-driver lunch totes -- as evidenced by their reviews.

Characters include, ladybug, butterfly, monkey, frog, cow -- you get the idea.

And these neoprene bags are stain-resistant and machine-washable.

Unusual Things to Put in a Reusable Lunch Bag

  • Dirt,
  • Rivets,
  • A mallard,
  • Bacon (uncooked).

Normal Things to Put in a Reusable Lunch Bag

  • Sandwich,
  • Yogurt cup,
  • Apple,
  • Bacon (cooked).

Reusable Lunch Bags in Summary

Reusable lunch bags may not save the world -- or might they?

Updated: 06/22/2012, Regi_B
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Regi_B on 07/11/2012

Thank you for the insight, Katie!

Regi_B on 07/11/2012

My pleasure as always, Sheilamarie.

katiem2 on 06/26/2012

My rough and tumble daughter has the very same BUILT Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote you have highlighted here today. It's a great product, very durable and easy to clean. Plus it collapses into any small confined space. I'm amazed my daughter has carried hers through an entire year without an issue one. She loves it says she won't be needing a new one this fall. That's a first. Great reusable lunch totes and bags. :)K

sheilamarie on 06/23/2012

Reusable lunch bags really do matter, and you've shown some nice ones here. Thanks, Regi.

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