• How to Pack a ‘Nude Food’ Zero Waste Lunch Box


    With many schools and workplaces adopting a ‘nude food’ policy, here are some ways you can pack healthy zero waste lunch box without using any single use plastic, whether it be plastic cling wrap, zip-lock baggies, chip packets or yoghurt tubs.

    1. Use a bento style zero waste lunch box

    A bento box style lunch box is an excellent way to pack a balanced meal with the right portions without any plastic wrap or plastic packets.

    Below are some of our favourite bento lunch box options:

    LunchBots Stainless Steel Containers

    How to pack a zero waste lunch box

    LunchBots have so many options to choose from, and the containers work well for younger kids through to adults. The larger size Lunchbots lunch box is one of our most popular, and will easily fit a sandwich or a wrap, plus snacks.

    As a nutritious snack idea, you might like to add some hummus in a leak proof stainless steel dipper and some vegetable sticks.

    The LunchBots range includes bento boxes that will fit an entire meal, smaller lunch boxes, snack size boxes, dippers, insulated food containers, individual rounds, and insulated lunch bags.

    Shop all LunchBots here >


    The Planetbox is a smart stainless steel lunch box that guides you in packing a well-balanced, litterless lunch. Its bento style helps keep food separate, and while it isn’t leak proof, the Planetbox dippers are, and are fantastic for yoghurt or wet foods.

    A Planetbox will last for many years to come, will help you replace single-use plastic and also save money by buying food in bulk.

    The Planetbox comes in three sizes, with the rover (pictured) our most popular for pre-school aged children, all the way through to adults.

    Shop our whole Planetbox range here >

    Yumbox Lunch Box

    The Yumbox original (pictured) is another of the most popular lunch boxes with our customers. One of its best features is that each of the five compartments are labeled as per the five food groups and accommodate half cup servings each. This is great for assisting parents in preparing a healthy, balanced lunch with a variety of foods.

    The Yumbox also eliminates the need for zip-lock baggies, multiple lids, plastic wrap and single-use disposable containers like individual tubs of yoghurt. It is even leak proof, and while it isn’t designed for very wet food, foods with the consistency of ranch dressing, tomato sauce, chunky salsas, hummus, yoghurt, and veggie dips are all suitable options.

    Shop all Yumbox lunch boxes here >

    Go Green Lunch Box Set

    How to pack a zero waste lunch box

    The Go Green lunch box set is perfect for a nude school policy and to help reduce plastic waste. Each Go Green school zero waste lunch box comes with an insulated fabric carrier, a five compartment bento style food container, a stainless steel drink bottle and a reusable gel freezer pack, all of which are BPA, PVC and lead free.

    The insulated carry bag is made from PEVA and polyester and features a bright pattern on the outside, and a pocket to hold reusable napkins and cutlery on the inside.

    There is also a medium size available, for younger kids or very light eaters. The medium size doesn’t come with it’s own carry bag or water bottle. It does fit in the PackIt classic freezable lunch bag though.

    Shop all Go Green lunch box sets here >

    2. Use Stackable Lunch Boxes & Individual Containers

    How to pack a zero waste lunch box

    If you prefer individual containers to keep your lunch separated, these stackable lunch boxes are a great option. You could use either the top or bottom section for one large meal, like a sandwich, a wrap or leftovers, and add snacks like fruit, crackers or nuts to the other section.

    Cheeki’s leak proof, double stack stainless steel lunch box (pictured) is toxin free, zero waste, 100% recyclable at the end of its life, and very stylish. This zero waste lunch box has a silicone seal on the inside of the lid, and clips to hold the lid in place.

    Another option is the stainless steel Sustain-a-Stacker, which is made from 202 food grade stainless steel and features two layers and a small container. At the bottom you will fit a sandwich or a salad easily, without the need for plastic wrap, with snacks on top. This one doesn’t have a silicone seal and is not leak proof. It is fine for non-wet food though.

    How to pack a zero waste lunch box

    Individual leak proof containers of various sizes, such as the Kids Konserve nesting trio (pictured), are great for keeping on hand for dressing, salad, pieces of fruit, yoghurt, nuts and other snacks.

    Shop our range of stainless steel lunch boxes here >

    3. Use Reusable Sandwich Pouches

    How to pack a zero waste lunch box

    A sandwich pouch, such as this one by Keep Leaf (pictured), is the perfect alternative to plastic cling wrap to keep sandwiches together. They are reusable, safe, easy to clean and will save so much rubbish ending up in landfill each year.

    Shop all sandwich pouches and wraps here >

    You could also make your own by upcycling old, clean fabric!

    4. Replace plastic cling wrap with reusable beeswax wrap

    How to pack a zero waste lunch box

    Beeswax or vegan wax (candelilla and non-GMO soy wax) covered cotton or hemp food wraps are reusable and so versatile, and will help you eliminate plastic cling wrap from the school lunch box for good. They are great for sandwiches, wrapping fruit loaf, pieces of fruit, or wraps.

    Reusable wax wraps stick together easily with the warmth of your hand, and can be cleaned in cool soapy water (not hot water, as the wax will melt). Each beeswax or vegan wax wrap should last between 6 and 12 months with good care.

    Our customers love the HoneyBee Food Wraps!

    You can shop all reusable wraps here >

    There are DIY reusable wax wrap options available too!

    In your nude food zero waste lunch box, don’t forget reusable cutlery, a cloth napkin, and a reusable water bottle too!

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