What is ‘Nude Food’ anyway?

What is 'Nude Food' anyway?

‘Nude Food’ is a popular term in schools and preschools.  But what exactly is ‘Nude Food’?

Simply put, it’s food without excess packaging. Usually, this means food that is not processed, often making it a healthier and more environmentally friendly option.

Why Nude Food? Each year in SA, families of primary school aged children spend more than $3.5 million on individually packaged items, collectively throwing away over 1.5 million yoghurt suckers, 3 million small tubs and 11 million zip-lock bags—that’s enough zip-lock bags laid flat to reach from Adelaide to Ceduna and back! **

Tips for Nude Food:

  1. AVOID cling-wrap, zip-lock or plastic bags, foil, single use cutlery or pre-packaged foods.
  2. Involve children in packing/making their own lunch and snacks – they’re more likely to eat it.
  3. If mornings are busy, pack food the night before and keep it in the fridge.
  4. Ask children what they like to eat at school/ preschool and how much time they have to eat (it may be different and much less than at home).
  5. Try making your own snacks- check out the Nude Food Recipes on the WOW Nude Food page.
  6. Many snack items can be bought in bulk and decanted into smaller reusable containers. This can reduce packaging and save money.

Examples of Nude Food

Nude Food includes a wide array of options, as long as there is no extra packaging.  This could include:

  • A sandwich in a reusable container
  • A sectioned lunch box with snacks in compartments
  • Yoghurt in a reusable container
  • Muesli bars and snack in reusable containers and wraps
  • Nuts and berries in a reusable container

Examples of non-Nude Food

  • Chips in a packet
  • Yoghurt in suckers and tubs
  • Muesli bars in wrappers
  • Sandwiches in zip-lock bags
  • Cut vegetables and fruits in zip-lock bags

Check out the Wipe Out Waste Nude Food page for resources for your site, class or family.

The National Nude Food Day initiative www.nudefoodday.com.au  has Nude Food Grants of $200 to $1000+ available for education sites, closing August 31st.

*Based on 2016 Wipe Out Waste audit data

**Based on average data from over 200 Wipe Out Waste SA school audits since 2006 (extrapolated to all primary schools in SA)

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