In collaboration with Kids Business Communications and Nude Food Movers
I hate to think how much plastic wrap and packaging we’ve consumed in our lifetime as a family, particularly when it comes to packed lunches and food in general.
Actually, there are stats to indicate how much we’re likely to have used.
Australia is one of the highest waste producers in the world, recently ranked in the top five waste producing nations, on a per person basis.
We produce over 18 million tonnes of waste per year—the equivalent of three million garbage trucks full of compacted rubbish. Each Australian family contributes enough rubbish each year to fill a three-bedroom house from floor to ceiling.
Over 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles worldwide are killed by plastic rubbish every year.
Source: Living Smart
It’s pretty alarming, isn’t it? This is why nude food is the answer.
We’ve joined the Nude Food Movement
Not only have we been lucky the past two years of Master E having a kindergarten where food is supplied using sustainable practices including growing their own vegetables and herbs, these rubbish free lunches mean our family has had less of an impact on the environment.
BUT, this convenience will come to an end for me this year with Master E starting prep next year and me having to get into the routine of preparing lunchboxes.
To continue with the sustainability of eliminating unnecessary packaging in lunches like plastic wrap, packaged food and snap lock bags, I’ve joined the Nude Food Movement and put some of Smash’s Nude Food Movers range to the test.
Putting the Nude Food Movers range to the test
Rubbish Free Meal Box
Lunchboxes are definitely not just for kids. Mr G took this Rubbish Free Meal Box for a spin. In our effort to maintain a healthier diet, Mr G has moved from taking his favourite white bread rolls with peanut butter (wrapped in plastic mind you) to something a lot more nutritious like salmon, veggies and noodles.
This container is perfect not only because Mr G can get away with taking an ‘adult’ looking lunch box to work instead of a kids one, it can be microwaved and has a vent, it has a removable fork and a dressing pot that screws into the lid.
Rubbish Free Yoghurt Mover
This is Master E’s favourite from the Nude Food Movers range, the Yoghurt Mover. The yoghurt mover has a removable insert that goes in the freezer. The gel in the walls of the insert freeze and when used in the container keeps the yoghurt nice and cold through the day.
The lid has a really tight seal and so will not leak when thrown about in a backpack. It has a small spoon which is firmly attached to the lid. Not only is this container great for reducing the amount of rubbish used with individual yoghurt packaging, it’s also great for the budget. Instead of purchasing individual yoghurts it’s so much more cost effective in that you can buy a bulk container of yoghurt and spoon it into the yoghurt mover.
Rubbish Free Lunch Box
The Nude Food Mover lunchbox with different compartments is a winner in my books. As a busy mum, I love this lunchbox because I don’t waste time playing Tetris with a generic rectangle shaped lunchbox. In this lunchbox, the sandwich or bread roll easily fits in the middle and the end compartments are perfect for most types of snacks. I especially love the round end compartment which can fit an apple and the lid closes and secures. The lunchbox also comes with two small round snack tubs which fit into the same compartment.
The lunch box comes with a wetsuit like material cover/bag to insulate the food and keep it cool. The only downside to this lunch box is that Master E has a bit of trouble taking it out of the bag and putting it back in, it is a bit of a tight squeeze. He also had a bit of trouble with the opening and closing of the latches on the lunchbox.
But, in saying that, Master E hasn’t had much experience with lunchboxes, as I mentioned earlier, his kindergarten provides food so I’m sure that over time he will get the hang of it.
Lastly, I find there is limited space for an ice brick in this lunch box and recommend storing any food that needs to be kept cold in the yoghurt mover e.g. fruit and purees.
All products washed well in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Packaging Free Lunchbox Ideas
Yes, it’s so easy to pop a packaged snack into the lunchbox when you’re busy, tired and lost for quick homemade ideas (I’ve done it). But, there are so many healthy and easy snack ideas you can put together.
- Fresh fruit
- Savoury kebabs
- Pita crisps
- Veggie sticks and dip
- Savoury muffins
- Banana & Date or Carrot loaf
For more easy snack and lunch ideas Nude Food Movers have a free recipe book here.
What nude food do you love putting in your kids’ lunchboxes?
Nude Food Movers believe in saving the planet one lunch at a time. Reduce, re-use and recycle with a handy range of products to help you on your ‘nude food’ adventures. Available at Coles, Big W, Officeworks. Product and colour availability will vary by retailer. For more information on the Nude Food Movers range by Smash visit www.nudefoodmovers.com.au | Facebook: Nude Food Movers | Instagram: @Nudefoodmovers
Nude Food Movers is the brand behind Nude Food Day, an educational program and event held in primary schools nationwide during the month of October. Whether you are a parent, carer, school or simply want more info on how you can do your bit for the environment sign up today at www.nudefoodday.com.au | Facebook: National Nude Food Day
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