I wrote about my movement towards being [part-time] zero waste a few weeks ago, and I featured a new item in my BYO arsenal – a stainless steel stackable lunch box. I’m trying to make it a habit where if I take away food (whether it be for lunch or dinner), I endeavour to bring my own container, whether that be my tiffin for larger meals, or the stackable lunch box for smaller ones. Whilst its not rocket science to imagine what you can contain within a lunch box, here are some pretty pictures nonetheless:
I purchased the lunchbox from Biome, a Queensland based company that focuses on sustainable goods and products to replace items in our household and lives that are either made of plastic, are disposable, or manufactured with less than ideal materials.
There are two sizes available on Biome; I got the smaller version as the larger wasn’t available at the time. It’s probably a bit smaller than I wanted but that’s only because I am a greedy individual and I always think bigger is better when it comes to containing food. Truthfully this smaller compact size is great for travel (i.e. when I take it to the Sunday market) and general portion control; it fits 2 steamed vegie buns from Seoul Street Korean Food, and two slices of avo smash from Nutrient Bar.
Apart from the two lockable tiers, the lunch box also comes with a separate nested container that I think holds about 100ml. I haven’t yet used this recently, but I imagine you could nestle a few chocolates in there (because of course all I think about is dessert). The website less extravagantly (and perhaps more healthily) suggests housing hummus, cherry tomatoes, or fruit.
Now, these lunch boxes are not water proof. You can get away with more viscous foodstuffs (like the aforementioned hummus) but really anything that is faintly saucy or soupy will not work without some type of waterproofing measure. I transported a roll of baklava the other day and even the syrup from that leaked through into my bag a little bit. If spill proof is absolutely necessary, there are heaps of other stainless steel bowls and boxes with silicone covers on the Biome website that may serve you better. The entire unit is top rack dishwasher safe too.
The container is manufactured responsibly in India. Indeed, the subcontinent and Asia still use a lot of stainless steel for food prep and serving, so there’s no need to worry about inferior alloys or contamination from heavy metals such as mercury or lead.
I would actually take this travelling with me to contain snacks, random knick-knacks we are wont to collect when out and about, or even internationally so as to try and reduce whatever potential waste I might generate when we go out and eat.