Lunch bagPlastic shopping bags are always under fire for not being eco-friendly, which means plastic lunch bags get to slip under the radar. But not here!

It’s thought that an American household goes through 500 Ziploc bags every year.

That means if every person in the USA used plastic Ziplocs you’d have a massive 58,164,139 used bags every year.

And that’s not including any other style of sandwich bags. So what’s the most eco-friendly way of carrying your lunch?

What To Look For When Buying Reusable Lunch Bags

Looking through the massive selection of lunch bags feels like a never-ending task. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are some things I’d look out for:

Price

If you’re looking for a bargain, then the price might be the most important thing for you to consider. Ask yourself what you’re willing to pay for it and try not to go over it.

Size

If you can’t fit your lunch in the bag, then what the point of getting it. Think about your daily eating habits and compare them to the size of the lunch bag.

Materials

The materials can vary from bag to bag, and for some people, it can be a deciding factor. If you’re looking for something that will biodegrade, find a cotton bag.

Waxed

If you plan on storing hot food, then knowing if your bag is waxed or not is essential; you don’t want it to melt under the heat.

Washable

Some reusable bags need to be cleaned in different ways. If you’re not one for hand washing, then finding a washable bag will be up your street.

Insulated

Keeping your food and drinks cold in hot months can be challenging, especially if you work on a building site. They quite often don’t have access to a fridge.

Colors

Again some people will make their decision depending on what color designs the bag offers. And is especially the case if it’s for a child; they always want the funky designs.

Warranty

If your lunch bag happens to break due to manufacturing problems or maybe you don’t like it, it’s nice to know your covered.

What Are The Best Reusable Lunch Bags?

Are you still struggling to make up your mind? Why not check out my top 5 reusable bags. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite reusable sandwich bags.

Say goodbye to lunch boxes and check out some insulated lunch bags and reusable food bags. If nothing else it will give you a good idea on what you can expect:

COLONY CO. Lunch Bag, Waxed Canvas, Durable, Plastic-Free, for Men, Women and Kids, Brown
Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags Brown Paper Bag Styled - Classic Updated - Reusable and Washable, Worthbuy Lunch Box for Men & Women
Waterproof Lunch Bag Double Layer Leakproof Neoprene Insulated Lunch Bag Freezable Black Reusable Thermal Lunch Cooler Tote Lunch Box for Boys Men Women Adult Kids for Work Outdoor
Reusable Gallon Storage Bags - LEAKPROOF Ziplock Gallon Freezer Bags for Marinate Meats, Snack, Sandwich, Fruit, Cereal, Travel Items, Meal Prep, Home Organization - 4 Packs
Lunch Bag, VAGREEZ Insulated Lunch Bag Large Waterproof Adult Lunch Tote Bag For Men or Women (Black)
MRSP
$23.00
$15.99
$14.99
$15.99
from $9.98
Size (Inches)
14" x 8" x 5"
12.5" x 8.26" x 5.9"
11.5" x 6" x 11"
11" x 10 9/16"
11" x 10" x 6.6"
Material
Canvas
Canvas
Neoprene
PEVA
Cationic cloth
Colors
Brown
Brown
10
Clear
11
Insulated
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Waxed
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Washable Or Wipe Only
Wipe Only
Wipe Only
Yes
Washable
Wipe Only
Warranty
No
No
Lifetime
Contact Supplier
Lifetime
COLONY CO. Lunch Bag, Waxed Canvas, Durable, Plastic-Free, for Men, Women and Kids, Brown
Product
MRSP
$23.00
Size (Inches)
14" x 8" x 5"
Material
Canvas
Colors
Brown
Insulated
No
Waxed
Yes
Washable Or Wipe Only
Wipe Only
Warranty
No
Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags Brown Paper Bag Styled - Classic Updated - Reusable and Washable, Worthbuy Lunch Box for Men & Women
Product
MRSP
$15.99
Size (Inches)
12.5" x 8.26" x 5.9"
Material
Canvas
Colors
Brown
Insulated
No
Waxed
Yes
Washable Or Wipe Only
Wipe Only
Warranty
No
Waterproof Lunch Bag Double Layer Leakproof Neoprene Insulated Lunch Bag Freezable Black Reusable Thermal Lunch Cooler Tote Lunch Box for Boys Men Women Adult Kids for Work Outdoor
Product
MRSP
$14.99
Size (Inches)
11.5" x 6" x 11"
Material
Neoprene
Colors
10
Insulated
Yes
Waxed
No
Washable Or Wipe Only
Yes
Warranty
Lifetime
Reusable Gallon Storage Bags - LEAKPROOF Ziplock Gallon Freezer Bags for Marinate Meats, Snack, Sandwich, Fruit, Cereal, Travel Items, Meal Prep, Home Organization - 4 Packs
Product
MRSP
$15.99
Size (Inches)
11" x 10 9/16"
Material
PEVA
Colors
Clear
Insulated
No
Waxed
No
Washable Or Wipe Only
Washable
Warranty
Contact Supplier
Lunch Bag, VAGREEZ Insulated Lunch Bag Large Waterproof Adult Lunch Tote Bag For Men or Women (Black)
Product
MRSP
from $9.98
Size (Inches)
11" x 10" x 6.6"
Material
Cationic cloth
Colors
11
Insulated
Yes
Waxed
No
Washable Or Wipe Only
Wipe Only
Warranty
Lifetime

Colony Co.

This durable 16 Oz cotton canvas is waxed to give it waterproof qualities.

But that’s not the only reason for the wax; it also provides the bag with stain resistance and makes it easier to clean.

The reusable lunch bag has a simple design that’s styled around the classic disposable paper lunch bag.

Colony Co has created a vegan-friendly reusable lunch bag that uses no animal products, including leather and beeswax.

They also use no synthetic or plastic materials. Which means this lunch bag is biodegradable and plastic-free.

Key Features

  • Simple Design
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Waxed
  • Cotton Canvas

The vast majority of people loved these lunch bags, the simple design looked great, and it was effortless to clean.And, it could go in the fridge with no issues. One concern is storing hot food or drinks in the bag; it tends to melt the wax on the bag.

Colony Co. Amazon review

I love the design of the Colony Co. food bag; it looks great, and it’s functional. My main concern is with the wax melting, although I rarely take hot lunches, so I doubt it would cause me grief — overall, a great bag for you or your kids’ lunch and a welcome addition to your kitchen.

Pros

  • Biodegradable
  • Perfect for the outdoors
  • Food safe

Cons

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • No hot items

CZYY

With CZYY’s reusable lunch bag, you can wave goodbye to soggy paper bags.

Their bags are designed to be waterproof, due to the paraffin waxed canvas. The waxing makes it easy to clean the lunch bag.

All it needs is a quick wipe down; be careful though the bag is not dishwasher safe. Once the bag is clean, air dry it.

The reusable heavy-duty lunch bags are made from cotton canvas, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic.

Their zipperless paper bag design can hold just about anything you need for lunch and provides safe storage.

Key Features

  • Cotton Canvas
  • Waterproof
  • Paraffin wax
  • Zipperless

One woman brought it for her husband after he got a suit and tie job. He loved it; people are always asking here he purchased it from. He was even happier after the water he had just spilled on the bag wicked straight off it.

CZYY Amazon review

Again I love the paper bag design; it looks very retro. Plenty of room for sandwiches and water, but if you’re a big eater I’d suggest finding a bigger lunch bag. And although it’s waterproof, it’s not suitable for the dishwasher.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Heavy duty
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Lacking in wax

Yookee Home

Yooke Home insulated lunch bag is available in 10 colors/designs ranging from geometric to rockets and dinosaurs.

The first layer is made with 4.5 mm neoprene, while the inner layer of the bag is made with a food-grade EVA.

The inner PEC ensures the bag is waterproof and leak proof. These bags are great for keeping your sandwich and water cool while you’re working.

The insulated lunch bag is heavy-duty from the stitching to the sturdy and durable zipper.

The reusable bag also comes with a lifetime warranty, so you’ll receive 100% of your cashback.

Key Features

  • Insulated
  • Ten colors
  • BPA free
  • Lifetime Warranty

It was praised for being a great size for her son to take to school, and it had enough room for his sandwich and all his snacks and treats. The main issue I found has with the insulation; it doesn’t leave a lot to be desired.

Yookee Home Amazon review

The excellent size lunch bag is more than capable of holding your sandwich, water, and snacks. The bag is very leak-proof. And the lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee are great; it’s just a shame that they couldn’t insulate it correctly.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Waterproof
  • Insulated

Cons

  • Not insulated very well

Tiblue

Great for marinating meats, organizing food, or storing leftovers. It’s made with a food-grade PEVA material, which means no PVC, lead, chloride, and BPA.

Tiblue can come in packs of 4, 6, and 10, all of which are leak proof and freezer safe.

The reusable storage bag will change the way you cook, store, and eat your food.

Their lunch bag set has an upgraded Ziploc, which provides an airtight seal and can lock out freezer burn.

The kitchen bags are entirely transparent, which allows you to see what’s in there. Each bag is the perfect size to fit your sandwich or to potion your leftovers.

Key Features

  • Comes in packs of 4, 6, and 10
  • PEVA material
  • Freezer safe
  • Leakproof

A consumer of their products said that they hadn’t had them long, but had used them plenty of times. So far, everything is good; it keeps food fresh and eliminates freezers burn. The biggest issue was with cleaning the storage bag; getting into the corners was a challenge.

Tiblue Amazon Review

Tiblue does make an excellent reusable snack bag, although the sizes can feel a bit small. You can only fit one sandwich per bag. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose bag, then these are great, but for storing multiple sandwiches, not so much.

Pros

  • Multipack
  • Freezes safe
  • Food grade material

Cons

  • Hard to clean the corners

Vargreez

Vargreez cooler lunch bags have plenty of room for you and your partner. The reusable bag has three layers for extra insulation.

The outside of the insulated lunch bag is made with a waterproof cationic cloth, while the middle is peal cotton, and the inner layer is an aluminum foil.

And if you’re not satisfied with its performance, then don’t worry, it comes with a lifetime warranty with no send back necessary.

The lightweight, reusable bags are great for a sandwich or a full picnic; the choice is yours.

Key Features

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Three-layer insulation
  • Made with a waterproof cationic cloth
  • Food safe material

Overall, people were delighted with how durable and well-insulated the lunch bag is. And you could fit a lot more in there then you’d expect. Packing the bag was made accessible due to it being self-standing. The Velcro does seem weak, so be careful when opening the bag.

Vargreez Amazon review

Out of the two insulated reusable bags, this one performs the best. It has no trouble keeping your sandwich cold/hot, depending on what you have. The reusable bag is also surprisingly deep, meaning you can fit plenty of food in there. And the lifetime warranty certainly gives you some reassurance.

Pros

  • Insulated
  • lifetime warranty
  • Tear-resistant

Cons

  • Color chips off
  • The pressure can make water squirt out
  • Leaks from the button

Summary

Reusable sandwich bags can make excellent gifts/stocking fillers for friends and family, but before you purchase one, there are a few things you need to think about.

The first thing is to think about what kind of lunch is going in the lunch bag. For example, if you usually take a hot lunch to work, then a wax bag won’t be any good. The heat will melt the wax, which means it loses its waterproofing.

Other things include the size of the bag, and whether you need it insulating or not. Follow these steps, and I have no doubt you’ll find the right bag for you.

If you found this article interesting or you have questions then please comment below, I’m always happy to help. I also have an article about reusable produce bags that you might find helpful.