Altoids have been freshening bad breath since the turn of the 19th century. during the reign of King George III., The recipe for Altoids® was perfected by Smith & Company, a London confectionary firm. Altoids® were then promoted for over a century as a “stomach calmative”.While they are touted as “Curiously Strong Mints,” perhaps the real curiosity is not the allure of the mints themselves, but the popularity of turning the tin in which they’re packaged into all sorts of truly handy, and just plain fun, creations.
A “little tin” history.
For over 100 years, Altoids® were packaged in small rectangular cardboard cartons that were approximately the same size as today’s recognizable tins. The tins were introduced in the 1920s to help protect the mints and to stay neatly closed in pockets and handbags.
The tins used for ALTOIDS® are made from tin plate, which is one of the most recyclable materials used in the manufacturing of packaged goods. The good news about these tins is that they also come in handy as small storage containers for things like nails, coins, paper clips, and buttons to name a few – the possibilities are endless. We’ve even learned that the tins have been used for more curious purposes – as hand-held works of art, even as an emergency wilderness stove.
Some interesting uses for the Altoid Tin:
Make it a memory box. Keep small items that remind you of special times in it (ticket stubs, the pencil you used mini golfing, your hotel door card, etc.)
Put 1-2 pairs of foam earplugs in a small Altoid tin. Keep in your hand luggage for airplane and other travel.
Altoids Smalls tins are just the right size for holding ear buds or in-ear headphones. Put them in the tin to prevent them from getting tangled or scratching the screen on your MP3 player or phone, and to keep them from turning into a tangled mess in your pockets.
Decorate (or not) and use as a pill box
Smokers. Use it as a carry along ashtray. It doesn’t spill when it’s closed, and creates a tight enough seal to snuff out the butts. This way you don’t litter or create a fire.
Smokers again. Yes I know it’s a nasty habit, but everybody’s got a vice. Use an Altoid Tin for a cigarette case. The small one holds 6 smokes. Let the snooping do gooder find your private stash now.
Ladies – a spare pair of underwear could be craftily folded into the large tin along with maybe one small pad in case of emergency. I have sisters and it took them minute when that “time’ first showed up to nail down exactly “when” the next few subsequent times.
Store Flash Drives
IPod Shuffle Case (small tin)
Portable Barbeque Grill Go here for that one
Use for a natural air freshener. I use one with holes punched in the top and cloves inside.
This list could be infinite. What are some of you innovative Altoid Tin uses? Drop them in the comment section.