How It All Began
The perfect lunchbox should:
It began with a phone call from dear friend Lisa, on October 6, 2006 (23 days into the school year). I paraphrase her opening line:
Lisa: Ican'ttakeitanymoreIcannotpackanother schoollunchforaslongasIlive.
She has four and I have three children; the oldest two of these 7 kids have barely reached double digits. I knew how she felt, but I also thought it a little premature to be checking out of lunch prep. Here is what she had concluded in those preceding 22 days:
Thus began our quest for "The Perfect Lunchbox," but several weeks of research generated only a list of qualifications (see them in the green box, above) and not one single candidate for the title.
Since we couldn't find it, we began to invent it
Lisa found Lock&Lock containers and we both believe them to be an excellent container for our lunchbox. Lock&Lock seals completely, opens easily, closes reliably, moves easily from freezer to fridge to microwave (popped open for steam release, of course) to dishwasher, is sturdy enough to take a few rounds with schoolkids, and comes with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty in the off chance a piece breaks. Better still, Lock&Lock containers are available in just the right volume for any size appetite.
This left us with great containers but no box to carry them, and from that need Lunchsense was born.
I've been asked many times how did you come up with that amazing design? and I have yet to come up with an adequate answer. When I look at the Lunchsense lunchbox I can see (besides a longstanding personal interest in origami) the inputs and efforts of 3 amazing people: Lisa, who started this whole undertaking; her husband Peter, who is an architect; and my husband Michael, who was an engineer and is now a schoolteacher.
Oh, and I had a sewing machine.