A couple of week ago, my daughter and I went out to the shops to get a few necessaries for the start of the school year. One of the things on our list was a lunch box. I was standing in front of shelves and shelves of plastic lunch boxes at the supermarket and thinking that with all the squillions of different ones on offer, there was no real choice. ALL were plastic and ALL of them would break within the year. It’s not that we would kick it around like a football or anything, but the fact is, school lunch boxes generally last a year if you’re lucky and then the lid hinge wears out or gets cracked and that’s the end of that. Box lands in the bin -recycling or otherwise- and you need to go out and buy another one. Repeat.
Well my daughter and I thought we’d be smarter about it. We went up the road to the Sali’s and got a nice metal cake tin which might not last forever, but it will be better recycled than a plastic one would. It’s also second hand so we haven’t encouraged the production of more, and my girl is rather proud to be the only one in her class with a lunch box that looks just like this.