Thursday, October 13, 2011

Plastic and steel

The other day, as I threw out yet another plastic water bottle, I thought back to my school days. That time, my lunch was always packed in stainless steel tiffin dabbas. It was one big sadness(!) in my young life back then that my mom wouldn't give me lunch in a box like one of those colorful plastic dabbas that some of my other school-mates brought. Plastic boxes just seemed way cooler.

Somehow, mom never listened to my pleadings and whining and I did carry stainless steel tiffin boxes for the entire time I brought lunch from home.

It was only when I went to grad school and got to pack my own lunch that I realized that most plastic boxes (and yeah, in grad school, these were the cheap ones) had the annoying tendency to hang on to the odors of the food last packed in it. Thus, food never tasted fresh after spending a few hours in the dabba no matter how recently the food had been made prior to transferring residence to the box. Finally, the bulb began to glow - stainless steel did have its plus points!

And then, of course, came the whole influx of articles about how most plastics are so terrible for your health. And thus I began my slow transition to avoid all things plastic, at least in utensils which could come in contact with heat. First, the plastic water bottles were changed to stainless steel. Then the plastic tiffin boxes changed to ceramic and glass.

That was when it struck me: not for nothing do they say that Mother always knows best. My mom knew even before the scientific community did that there was something iffy about plastic and thus withstood all the incessant whining from her nagging child and refused to pack her lunch in plastic tiffin boxes :-).


SK said...

Yay for going green!! :--) In India we used to do so many things that folks in the US are trying to do in the name of becoming green. Even towels that we took in our lunch bags had a value, instead of using paper napkins. Now you got me all nostalgic!

Poorna said...

I've been reading your blog for a while (even went to Azzuri Bay!) - but this reminded me of the stainless steel water bottle I now carry around :) People want to know if it is a fad I picked up in the US!

Archana said...

SK - seriously, I remember faithfully carrying a cloth towel for lunch everyday!

Poorna - man, I am touched that I have such an ardent follower :-). Did you like Azzuri Bay?

poorna said...

Azurri Bay was nice~ we've lived in the area for almost 20 years and didn't know such a place existed!
Random flying insects kept falling into my water though :(

Archana said...

Poorna - ouch! Where did those flying insects come from though? In the closed seating area? That's bad!