No Packet November®
encourages families to reduce their consumption of packaged food for one month, and make a stand against the billion-dollar food manufacturers that are making us sick.
No Packet November® was created in 2016 after Kate noticed a child with 7 packets in their lunchbox.
Kate wants to teach our children that real food is grown, not made in factories and covered with bright plastic packaging. These foods are double rubbish; plastic on the outside and manufactured rubbish on the inside!
Processed, packaged lunchbox snacks have become normal in today's society with many children having 2-5 packets each day.
Unfortunately many parents are busy and stressed out, and packaged snacks are very convenient. Clever marketing and packaging has also confused parents and children.
Many packaged snacks are marketed by the billion dollar companies as being 'healthy' when they are often loaded with sugar, salt, trans fats, preservatives and additives.
Some popular muesli & cereal bars contain around 30 ingredients, many of which are unrecognisable and could not be found in your own pantry, e.g. 171, 100, 120, 160c, 903, 904, 304, 307b, 472e are all found in a popular cereal bar - Lots of Clever Marketing!
Most lunchbox snacks come in individual packets, therefore contributing to the amount of plastic waste going to landfill.
By 2050, scientists predict that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
What can we do?
Buy more fresh fruit and vegetables and cut them up as a healthy, affordable and packet free snack
Make your own cakes, biscuits, slices and muesli bars
Get your kids involved with the food shopping and cooking. Try shopping at your local greengrocer
Buy in bulk, e.g. plain crackers and cheese or a large pot of yoghurt to avoid the individual wrappers
Learn how to read food labels (a great resource is the Additive Free Kids website and The Lunchbox Effect from The Root Cause), and try to avoid foods with lots of ingredients, and those where sugar is in the first few ingredients