‘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:
- AVOID cling-wrap, zip-lock or plastic bags, foil, single use cutlery or pre-packaged foods.
- Involve children in packing/making their own lunch and snacks – they’re more likely to eat it.
- If mornings are busy, pack food the night before and keep it in the fridge.
- 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).
- Try making your own snacks- check out the Nude Food Recipes on the WOW Nude Food page.
- 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.
*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)