It's time for lunch: If only we were Indian schoolchildren, whose noonday meal is packed at home in a reusable tiffin and delivered hot by a dabbawala (in a system legendary for its efficiency). With a sigh, we offer up these five tiffin carriers, in the hopes that they make leftovers look more appetizing.
Above: By Vancouver-based industrial designer Lorea Sinclaire, the Tiffin Lunch Kit has two microwave-safe ceramic bowls and a cork lid that doubles as a plate; $65.
Above: The stainless steel ECOlunchbox Three-In-One has two stacking compartments and a small inner box to keep cut fruit separate; $24. Another good option for kids, with no latches to bother with, are the stainless steel LunchBots ($37.99 for a set of three at Abe's Market).
Above: To-Go Ware's Stainless Steel Food Carrier has a mini-container for salad dressing, and the lid doubles as a plate; $24.95.
Above: Sigg Alu Box Maxi in lightweight aluminum; $35.99. The box also comes in a smaller size and several bright colors.