Behold, the Holy Grail of lunch boxes.
This, my friends, is a tiffin. Hello, tiffin.
In Grade 1 I was awarded a prize for having no lunch waste for the entire year. (And also for having no spelling mistakes, but that’s another story. ) The lunch prize was mostly because my mom was cheap and didn’t want us throwing away plastic or paper bags, not because she was especially concerned about the environment. But sure, that too. I grew up with plastic sandwich containers and water bottles (that were packed with spoiling orange juice, ugh) and knew that it was very feasible to have a no-waste lunch.
A couple of years ago I was on a search for a new no-waste lunch packaging system. I now try to avoid using plastics when it comes to food, so that made regular lunch boxes and storage containers not an option. I found the tiffin both online and at Main Squeeze, where I was happy to learn that it was an option for their to-go containers. I bought one from Main Squeeze to give it a trial run, and a week later went back for a second. We were hooked.
The tiffin is amazing because:
a) No waste. There is nothing to throw away.
b) No plastic. The whole thing is made of stainless steel, so you can pop the containers out of the frame and throw them in the dishwasher. We’re now probably 2 1/2 years into our tiffin purchase and they’re still going strong.
c) They’re light and easy to carry. For a while we were using glass Pyrex containers for sandwiches, but we walk to work and walking makes you take a closer look at the things you transport. Having to haul a 20 pound lunch bag every day was not sustainable. The tiffin, though, is light and has a handle. A HANDLE!
d) If you’re really serious you can even heat your food up on the stove.
I put a sandwich in the larger bottom container and fruit in the top container. I really dig the rounded version over the flat version because the rounded version allows you to put an apple or peach in the top without having to cut it in half or smash it up.
A word of warning: the tiffin will get you noticed. If you’re in the witness protection program and are trying to maintain a low profile, the tiffin is not for you. Be prepared for stares and questions. We’ve had people call it a tea kettle, bell, or purse. “Combination hookah and coffee maker. Also makes Julienne fries!”
But, the more questions we answer the more we spread the no-waste love. Spread the love, friends.