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I’m curious what you use for Mr. FG’s lunch. I’d like to find something that’s durable and reuseable, yet still looks nice. You seem to be able to find a nice blend of these things for other household items – wondering if you have suggestions for lunch totes as well?
You’ll be happy to know that we use a really affordable one. Because sometimes, an inexpensive item really does work just fine.
Mr. FG has been using this $9 lunch bag from Target every work day for 5.5 years now, and it’s still holding up!
That link goes to a pattern, but his is black. 😉 And his is an older model, so the top is a little more rounded, but it’s pretty much the same thing.
It’s nothing fancy, but it holds a main dish, a couple of sides, a water bottle, two ice packs, and silverware.
Joshua has a slightly different model from Target that he uses whenever he needs to pack a lunch. And his has held up well for several years too.
So, based on my experience, I give the Target Embark brand stuff a thumbs up.
It’s affordable, and it’s lasted really well for us, so as long as they haven’t recently begun cutting corners on quality, I think their stuff should work well for you.
No insulated lunch box last forever….eventually, the plastic on the lining gets brittle and cracks. But I figure that if a lunch box carries lunches for 5+ years, it’s doing pretty well. That’s a lot of takeout avoided, and a lot of disposable bags avoided too.
You didn’t ask about this, but on a related note, here are my 9 favorite no-waste lunch packing products.
You’ll have to click the link to read all nine, but I have to give my absolute favorite ones a quick shout-out: the To-Go Ware stainless steel containers are so, so, so useful.
I really cannot give them a high enough recommendation. There’s no plastic to wear out or smell funky, they’re unbreakable, light, dishwasher-safe, and crush-proof.
Oh, and besides being uber practical, their sleek, minimalist look makes my heart go pitter-pat. 😉
(cue the heart-eyes emoji)
I haven’t seen them in brick and mortar stores, but you can get a set of 5 on Amazon for $24.99.
I know that’s not inexpensive when you compare them to plastic containers, but I really think these are worth every penny, and I don’t regret this purchase in the slightest.
I hope that’s helpful, Paige!