zero-waste ‘naked suit’ explores sustainable packaging solutions

Naama Nictora Introduces ‘NakedPak’ Edible Food Packaging

Addressing the problem of climate change, designer Naama Nictora uses natural edible materials with agar, the essential ingredient produced from algaeto create a range of soluble foods packaging. The series of food packaging titled ‘NakedPak’ explores the idea of ​​going back to natural and sustainable solutions that have been used for centuries, but have been replaced by plastic and paper packaging.


naked ice cream – vanilla ice cream coated with raspberry flavored agar

all images courtesy of Naama Nicotra

Packaging formula uses ingredients produced from algae

Naama Nictora’s NakedPak formula uses algae as the main ingredient to form bioplastic packaging. The resulting material is transparent, tasteless and can be manufactured as a two-dimensional sheet or as a three-dimensional structure. Condiments and sauces can be incorporated into the NakedPak’s natural material, creating a flavorful package that dissolves in boiling water.

In NakedPak, the designer also challenges the topic of hygiene with the so-called ‘Apple Principle’. This principle means that the food should be rinsed before eating, much like an apple sold in bulk, exposed to dirt and transported in a bag. Most fruits, vegetables, nuts and pastries are sold as apples, rinsed or brushed before consumption. Therefore, NakedPack is a behavioral and mental change that unfolds a new sustainable direction to solve food packaging waste.

zero-waste food wrap 'naked suit' made from algae explores sustainable packaging solutions
naked soup – vegetable stock with frozen dried vegetables

NakedPak adapts to different meals and dishes

Although the NakedPak series offers five dishes, the bioplastic packaging can be adapted to many different meals. Each dish contains all the spices and flavors needed to be fully prepared. Starting with the soup, this one is made from vegetable stock and contains dry-frozen vegetables that are pressed flat to form a light circular sheet. Once rinsed and cooked, the vegetables will return to their flavorful state. On the other hand, the spaghetti is wrapped in tomato sauce, creating a gradient that reveals the contents. Like the soup, the spaghetti should be rinsed in the sink and cooked using the ‘one pot pasta’ method.

In the third curry dish, the wrapper is made from Thai vegetable curry and contains a portion of white rice. Once dissolved, the curry wrapper cooks with the tasty rice. The fourth dish is a vegan lasagna with ‘Beyond Meat’ sheets, vegan cheese, tomato sauce and flat lasagna. After being rinsed, the lasagna is placed in a pan, covered with water and placed in the oven. For dessert, vanilla ice cream is covered with a layer of raspberry sauce to form a ball that is reminiscent of fruit. Like an apple, the ice cream is rinsed off and ready to be consumed.

edible 'naked suit' food packaging made from algae explores sustainable packaging solutions
naked curry – a single serving of rice wrapped in Thai green curry

NakedPak proposes a solution for the near future

NakedPak integrates sustainable processes that are increasingly taking place all over the world. It illustrates the importance of challenging our consumption habits that led to the climate crisis. NakedPak is a suggestion for the near future, a vision, a dream. A world where we don’t want to miss being comforted by delicious food’, shares Naama Nikora.

zero-waste food wrap 'naked suit' made from algae explores sustainable packaging solutions
naked spaghetti – a single serving of spaghetti, wrapped in tomato sauce

zero-waste food wrap 'naked suit' made from algae explores sustainable packaging solutions
naked ice cream – vanilla ice cream coated with raspberry flavored agar