To help combat waste and promote environmental sustainability, primary students have enthusiastically embraced a series of Nude Food Picnics this month at St Michael's College at Henley Beach.
Nude Food Day is a nationwide initiative aimed at encouraging primary school students and their parents to eliminate all unnecessary packaging and wrapping that goes into school lunches.
Students brought lunchboxes packed with healthy foods in them for the Nude Food Day Picnic on the college oval on October 16.
The event proved to be so popular that the Adelaide school is holding a similar event every Friday for the rest of this month.
The Director of Teaching and Learning at St Michael's primary campus, Louise Kometer, said the picnics are an integral part of the school's environmental plan.
"We have set up a school garden and wetlands area and a compost scheme to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill", Ms Kometer said.
"We also have buddy classes where older students mentor infants students on how to act responsibly with reducing their carbon footprint".
She said the environmental plan is directly linked to the Catholic commitment to sustainable management of the environment as reflected in Pope Francis' encyclical released earlier this year, Laudato Si-Care for Our Common Home.
Ms Kometer said the picnics were also linked to the Lasallian spirit of community.
"We're hoping this will encourage students and their parents to think more carefully about the lunch they pack each day to ensure there is no harmful packaging in it.", she said.
"We're now hoping to make this an annual event throughout October as part of our school environmental plan."