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Dabba Walla Bags - FAQs

What are Dabba Walla bags made of?

Dabba Walla Lunch Bags and Backpacks are made from a unique synthetic foam textile that is an environmentally friendly alternative to neoprene. Completely biodegradable, the material is also 100% toxic free including free of PVC, BPA, lead, and phthalates. Only water based adhesives are used so it is solvent free and contains no residual VOC’s.

 How long will things stay cold?

Items packed in Dabba Walla Lunch Bags will help keep food at safe temperatures for approximately 4-5 hours with an ice pack.

 Are Dabba Walla bags waterproof?

Dabba Walla bags are water-resistant but not waterproof, thus, if you are toting a wet swimsuit or spill a bottle of water, the moisture will seep out through the seams. If you are caught in the rain, the exterior of Dabba Walla bags will repel the raindrops.


Are the Dabba Walla bags washable?

To increase the lifetime of your bag we recommend hand-washing on an as-needed basis and drip drying. For stubborn stains and simple convenience, Dabba Walla bags can be machine washed in a front loader machine, using cold water. Avoid washing with items containing Velcro. If a top loading agitator is what you have, we strongly recommend placing your Dabbawalla in a lingerie bag to help protect it during the washing process.

Due to the degradable nature of Dabba Walla bags, the more they are washed the shorter their useful life will be. For these styles we recommend limiting machine washing as much as possible. Never place your bag in the dryer.

What should I do if my water bottle or lunch leaks in my bag?

Inevitably spills will occur while using your Dabbawalla. When this happens it is important to wash your bag as soon as possible and completely air-dry it to avoid potential mold issues. If you can’t wash your bag right away, turn it inside out so that the interior can dry, and then be sure to wash it when you get the chance. In the unlikely event you do develop a mold issue, we recommend soaking in an Oxiclean solution of ½ cup of Oxiclean to 2 gallons of warm water for 2 hours, which will kill any mold and help remove staining. Then hand wash with mild detergent, rinse and completely air dry.