Stylish, sustainable items for lunch unveiled at housewares expo
Has the term "lunch hour" become obsolete?
Whether they're tight on time or tight on funds (or both), fewer people are taking time for lunch.
For some, lunch means eating Sunday's pasta from a plastic deli container at their desks while checking e-mail or scheduling appointments, or crunching away on salad greens spilling out of a takeout container during an afternoon staff meeting.
Housewares manufacturers have taken notice of these habits and have responded with solutions for the lunch-on-the-go consumer. Dozens of items from reusable sandwich bags to a biodegradable salad bowl were unveiled earlier this month at the International Home and Housewares Show at Chicago's McCormick Place.
"We've definitely evolved from the metal lunch tins we all grew up with," said Lisa Casey Weiss, lifestyle consultant for the International Housewares Association.
"Companies are eliminating the disposable aspect of lunch products, making them more environmentally friendly and ensuring food will stay fresh for longer," Casey Weiss said.
Here are a handful of items worth consideration (retail prices may vary by location).