Did you know that I’m currently looking to re-enter the whole 9 – 5 world? It’s true, I’ve been sending out applications, going to interviews and while nothing has happened, yet, I’m sure at some point I’ll find a good fit.
Don’t worry, Home-Ec101.com isn’t going anywhere. Home-Ec 101 represents more than 5.5 years of work, that’s not something I’m willing to just drop. Did you know that it was just in March that I mentioned that 3 million people have visited this site? Hang on to your hat, because we crossed the 4 million mark earlier this month. A million people in 5 months? Consider this mind, blown.
My kids have all started school and the plan is to pack lunches four days a week. For me it’s less about the cost savings than knowing that they are getting whole grains (and not popcorn style -has anyone else seen the whole “Made from whole grains” label on popcorn and chuckled?) and fresh fruits and vegetables (I’m sorry, ketchup will never count as a serving of vegetables in this house, not today and not ever). I’m trying not to be uptight, but I find it weird that my youngest seems to come home with more food than I sent with her, seriously the food I send is gone and in its place are Cheetos, Goldfish and other random things. I sort of wish I could see what’s happening, her explanation is “They just give it to me.” Weird.
When I finally land that gig, that’s not in a restaurant, I will also be packing my own lunch. We’ll be up to four lunches each day. That’s a lot of packing and a lot of potential waste, if we’re not conscientious about how we pack.
I was contacted by Tupperware earlier this month, they wanted to know if I had heard of their new Crystal Wave Meal and Healthy Salad Lunch Solution Sets. I hadn’t. Tupperware hasn’t been on my radar for years.
I do have vague memories of my mother hosting a couple of Tupperware parties. Mostly, I remember playing in my room with other kids and some moms sitting in the living room and telling us to go play. I also know that it was *cough* a longlongtimeago *cough* and that some of those pieces are still being used. A few were tossed before we knew that avocado greens and harvest golds would have a kitschy, retro appeal, but there was nothing wrong with them. And really, that’s the difference between a brand like Tupperware and much of what’s available in big box stores today.Currently, I do have a lot of glass storage containers because I worry about things like BPA and pthalates. However, I learned that in the USA and Canada, Tupperware products do not contain BPA or pthalates. NICE.
I hear you, I understand that Tupperware products are not cheap, but they are not purchased with the intention of using a few times and then being tossed into the recycling bin. You are aware that recycling isn’t without its own environmental costs, right? Recycling IS less wasteful than throwing away, but it’s not exactly a panacea. When done with thought, investing in items that will be used for years may not only be the most cost effective, but least wasteful option.
Do you have any memories associated with Tupperware?
I’m giving away a Healthy Lunch Salad Solution which retails for $55 to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite item to pack for lunch at work, school, or heck, even a picnic.
I’ll close the comments at 9pm Eastern on Sunday September 2, 2012 (if I have to work, I’ll just stop counting those that arrive after 9pm) and I’ll announce the winner sometime Monday morning.
Tupperware is providing one Healthy Salad Lunch Solution Set, all opinions are my own, especially the neurotic weird ones.