Are everyday products sending you broke and making you sick?
Posted on October 25 2018
Did you know that in Australia, bottled water costs about 3 times more than petrol (and more than 2000 times the cost of tap water)? Or that you pay 4 times more for tea in a teabag than loose leaf? Consider also the packaging you’re paying for every time you buy a new bottle of liquid soap or spray cleaner, a takeaway coffee or single-use shopping bag. It all adds up and Australians are wasting hundreds or thousands of dollars each year on products and packaging they simply don’t need.
Even more concerning is that all of the products listed above contain plastic (yes, even the tea bags). Whilst plastic is an amazing product that has solved many challenges in modern society, it’s also creating some pretty big problems itself. The issue of plastic waste has been well publicised recently (it takes a really long time to degrade and even when it does, ‘mircoplastics’ remains in the environment for a really long time). But as well as the environmental issues, our use of plastic is also starting to cause some serious health concerns.
We humans have had a slightly out of control love affair with plastic these past few decades and now, we are completely overusing it in our homes and exposing our bodies to way too much of it. This is a big worry, because plastic contains (and leaches) dangerous substances such as BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates and DEHA (diethylhydroxylamine) and DEHP (di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate), which have all been linked to horrible diseases, including some types of cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders (including endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, erectile dysfunction, poor sperm quality and infertility) and even some behavioural issues in children.
Whilst a lot more research needs to happen before we can fully understand the relative risks of these compounds at different exposure levels, the current scientific evidence is compelling to the extent that, for products that come into contact with our food or water, wherever an alternative to plastic is available, it should be used.
At Wealthy Healthy Better, we’re all about finding alternatives to single-use products that will save you money, be better for your health and better for the environment. We’ll be calling on our science team to explore these issues more deeply over the next few months, so subscribe to this blog and grab yourself a LIFE HACK PACK today, to get the wealthiest, healthiest and best version of your life started now!
The WHB team.