Just a few days ago, we read about the surge in the consumption of single food portions , a trend dictated by changes at a social level, such as the growth of single-component households, but also by the increasing need to pay attention to what and how much we eat.
Although the lunch break is recognized by many workers as an important stop during the day, perfect for enjoying an hour off with colleagues and socializing before going back to work, many statistics indicate a strong increase in those who choose to eat lunch at their desk, bringing lunch from home (hence the English-speaking term deskfast referring to a late morning breakfast or lunch), in order to save some time to get out of work earlier.
A phenomenon partly related to the boom of single-portions food is, in fact, the rediscovery of the lunchbox. A tradition we are very fond of: known in the North of Italy since the 1950s, the lunchbox was originally a small round pot with an airtight seal: do you want to know what material it was made of? Aluminum, of course! The original patent was filed in 1952 by Renato Caimi and his brother Mario, owners of the Pentolux industry in Nova Milanese.
The lunchbox was used by workers and students to bring a packed lunch to work or school, and immediately became an object of desire because it allowed to carry complex foods, such as pasta, rice or a main course, due to the possibility to heat up.
No longer just sandwiches but a real and easy meal. Since the 2000s, the lunchbox has returned to the spotlight, for different needs: on one hand, economic savings and on the other, the chance to control what you eat, which is fundamental especially for those who follow a particular diet or those who have needs due of intolerances or allergies.
Single-portion aluminum tubes: perfect companions for your lunchbox
What if there was a way to enrich the lunchbox with sauces and single-portion condiments to make the food even tastier by paying attention to environmental sustainability? Let’s take a very practical example: those who during a diet want to take a plate of vegetables or a salad to work.
There are numerous ready-to-eat packs available on the market: many of them are in plastic containers with single-portion sachets dressing which, once opened, splash here and there, oiling hands with the risk of dirtying the desk. Not to mention the waste!
Just think if we could, instead, prepare the salad with the vegetables we like the most and then have a dressing available, such as a yogurt sauce or a mayonnaise, in a practical collapsible aluminum tube. The perfect sustainable packaging for the food industry, easy to transport because it is safe and light, perfect to be closed, if not completely used, and useful for avoiding waste or accidents on the desk.
Once completely used, the tube, which among other things avoids waste since by rolling up on itself it allows to dispense the content up to the last drop, becomes a completely recyclable waste, thus turning itself into an eco-sustainable gesture.
Aluminum is, in fact, an infinitely recyclable metal without ever losing its characteristics and whose recycling allows 95% energy savings compared to the production of new aluminum from raw materials.
Lunchbox become fashionable: it’s bento mania!
In the latest decade Japanese bento mania has also exploded in the West. Bento are colorful and super functional containers used in Japan to prepare lunchbox or bringing snack in a very creative way.
They are useful to prepare multi-containers lunchbox suitable for hosting different foods, for example, varieties of sushi. They are designed to contain a full meal for one person and are a must (have lo toglierei…) in any self-respecting kitchen! You must have seen them in some Japanese anime!
In the wake of this new fashion, a start-up was born that creates a super modern and functional lunchbox: FoldEat. The concept includes a practical backpack that transforms into a placemat containing some airtight containers (also with the function of thermos) that allow you to carry up to three different dishes.
Children lunchbox: healthy, practical and sustainable
Above all, there is an area where lunchbox is also taking on an educational role: the lunchbox for children and teenagers who go to school. Bringing a snack or lunch from home can be a burden, but for many mothers it is a good way to check that their children do not exceed in the consumption of sugars or unhealthy packaged snacks.
A requirement that seems to be of interest all over Europe: in 2017 the EU started a special initiative to promote healthy food in schools, such as fruits, vegetables or fresh milk. A program worthy 250 million euros
For more info you can check this link: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_19_1848
Italian Government supports this kinds of initiatives: in recent months, a draft law has been presented to the Italian Chamber of Deputies Commission for Social Affairs, which has the primary objective of promoting a more conscious food education “with particular regard to children and teenagers, by encouraging the offer of healthy food and drinks through vending machines located in public places”.
A healthy and balanced snack, for example, could be a slice of bread with jam or chocolate and hazelnut cream. What is easier than preparing a lunchbox with simple bread or rusks ready to be spread with a cream in a tube? Practical to squeeze, without waste and resealable in case it is not used completely. In this way you could avoid unhealthy snacks, or in any case packaged snacks, often full of preservatives.
All Favia tubes can be customized with the most innovative printing techniques, such as our ToBeUnique, a digital print that involves both the body and the closing cap in a single process, with a wonderful graphic rendering.
The implementation of StealthCode® technology can also make the tube an interesting vehicle for information, food advice or thinking of children video cartoon about food education or even audio tracks of songs or nursery rhymes to accompany the snack time!
A new healthy and sustainable food culture can, and must, also pass through the packaging industry, as practical and ecological solutions can incentivize companies in the food industry to invest in packaging that makes them immediately recognizable as attentive to the environment and consumer health.