Whether you’re packing lunch for your shift at the local warehouse, a day hike at the nearby trails, or an afternoon of relaxing at the local beach, having a cooler to keep your food at desired temperatures is crucial to making a meal more enjoyable. Of course, you don’t want to bring a bulky and heavy cooler along just for a single meal, so you opt for one of those soft-sided, cooler bags instead. If you want some green credentials to go along with keeping your food warmed or chilled, you might want to check out the Igloo REPREVE Lily Lunch Bag.
A soft-sided cooler bag made using recycled plastic bottles, this meal-sized container offers environment-conscious individuals a more sustainable alternative to popular compact cooler bags in the market. Even better, it does that without compromising your food’s temperature, allowing you to enjoy your lunch the way it was meant to be consumed.
The Igloo REPREVE Lily Lunch Bag is made from REPREVE performance fiber, a material that’s been created using discarded plastic bottles that would have otherwise ended up in landfills or, worse, floating in our oceans. Each of the lunch bags salvages nine of those post-consumer plastic bottles from being chucked into the wild, so you get to do your part while getting a nice-looking bag for taking your packed meals on the go. It’s a small bag, measuring just 10.5 x 8 x 6 inches (width x height x depth), making it easy enough to slip into a backpack or carry by itself, all while being large enough to keep a couple of sandwiches, a plastic case filled with your favorite salad, or a big bag of homemade chips. According to Igloo, it can fit a total of 10 cans inside, so you can even use it to carry a personal stash of drinks.
Inside, it’s lined with built-in insulation to keep its contents at desired temperatures for the few hours you’ll keep it stashed before mealtime. No word on what kind of insulation it’s using and how potent it is, although it doesn’t really need much, since you only need it to maintain temperatures for a few hours at a time. That same liner is leak-resistant, so any liquids seeping out will stay inside, and antimicrobial, so it won’t develop odors even if splatters stay there for a whole day. Even better, it’s easy to clean, as food should come off the liner with just a simple wipe, so you can tidy things up in a jiffy. Do note, it’s not hydrophobic, so stains can actually stick on the liner, so you might still want to clean it with water and baking soda every once in a while.
The Igloo REPREVE Lily Lunch Bag has a wide, zippered opening for easy access to all its contents, all while making it possible to fit larger food containers inside. There’s also a zippered exterior pocket out front for holding cutlery and any other accessories you want to bring along, as well as grab handles for carrying it in hand during transit.
The Igloo REPREVE Lily Lunch Bag is available now, priced at $19.99.