How will 'The Comprehensive' LIFE HACK PACK make me Wealthy, Healthy and Better?
How do I use 'The Comprehensive' LIFE HACK PACK?
- Stop using bottled water, use the refillable water bottle instead
- Save at least $180 p.a. on bottled water by refilling with tap water (2000 x cheaper!);
- Reduce exposure to harmful chemicals that leach out of plastic bottles into your drinking water;
- Australians throw away 370 million plastic water bottles every year - stop being part of that problem
Bring your own reusable coffee cup to the café and refuse single-use take-away cups
- Save $0.50-$1.00 per coffee at a growing number of cafes offering discounts if you BYO cup;
- Takeaway coffee cups are lined with plastic, which can leach harmful chemicals into your brew, especially at high temperatures;
- Australians love coffee and buy over a billion cups at cafes each year, most of which are served in single-use cups with plastic lining and lids that are thrown away shortly after.
Stop using plastic containers for leftovers, use the resealable glass jar instead
- These jars cost less than a quarter of a similar sized, leading brand plastic food storage container (saving you at least $15 a piece);
- Plastic that comes into direct contact with your food (especially fatty foods such as meat and cheese) can leach nasty chemicals, particularly after exposure to higher temperatures (e.g. microwaves or dishwashers). Using glass instead removed this exposure;
- Hard plastics such as those in plastic food storage containers are manufactured to be durable and last a long time. True to their design they persist in the environment for hundreds or thousands of years
Stop buying single-use liquid soap pump bottles – refill the glass bottle instead
- Buying liquid soap in bulk (instead of in a small, single-use container) will save you another $45 p.a.;
- Produce less plastic by purchasing in bulk and avoiding single-use plastic pumps, which are thrown out after only a few weeks of use.
Stop buying single-use oil bottles – refill the oil bottle instead
- Australians consume an average of 1.8 L of olive oil each per year, which can add up to quite an investment. Buying olive oil in bulk can save you hundreds and will save the average Australian at least $50 p.a.
Stop buying teabags – buy loose leaf and use the stainless steel in-cup infuser instead
- Did you know that you're paying almost 4 times for the tea inside teabags than the same brand of loose leaf tea (by weight)? Save at least $50 p.a. by making this swap;
- Tea bags contain plastic - usually both within the bag material itself and/or on the glue that holds it all together. These plastics can leach nasty chemicals into your cuppa, especially at high temperatures. Make the switch and avoid the exposure;
- Avoiding tea bags removes the requirement for their manufacture, saving energy and reducing plastic waste in the environment.
Stop buying plastic film wrap – use the lemon and tomato savers and the beeswax wraps instead
- What to do with the other half of the lemon that you didn't quite need? Have some leftover tomato? Ditch the plastic film wrap and use these BPA-free, purpose made containers or the handy beeswax wraps instead and save another $40 p.a.
- Plastic film wrap often contains nasty chemicals which can leach into your food. These containers are BPA free and are a healthier alternative;
- Swap single-use plastic wrap for this reusable container to reduce your footprint of plastic production and disposal.
Use washable, reusable cotton kitchen cloths instead of single-use plastic-based kitchen cloths
- Stop spending money on kitchen cloths you just throw away - wash and reuse these better quality cloths instead and save another $20 p.a.;
- Most disposable kitchen cloths contain plastic, which includes nasty compounds that can leach out at higher temperatures (e.g. under a hot tap). Switch to these cotton cloths to reduce exposure;
- Disposable kitchen cloths add to the huge amount of plastic waste produced each year. Switching to a natural alternative reduces your plastic and carbon footprints.
Never buy a plastic bag at the checkout again – keep this reusable shopping bag with you to use instead
- Many Australian supermarkets are now charging between $0.15-0.80 per single-use bag at the checkout. Always have one on hand (these are small enough to keep in your bag or even your pocket) and save up to $80 p.a.;
- In 2017, Australians were using 10 million single-use plastic shopping bags every single day. Discarded plastic bags are a major problem in the marine environment because they're frequently consumed by turtles, whales and other animals. Be a part of the solution and swap single-use plastic bags for a more convenient, reusable shopping bag.
Choose reusable produce bags for loose fruit and veg at the shops, instead of single-use plastic produce bags
- Single-use plastic produce bags contain phthalates and other substances that have been linked to cancers, reproductive disorders and other diseases. Replace them with these reusable bags and reduce your exposure.
- Plastic produce bags are a big part of the single-use plastic problem in Australia. Reduce your waste and your footprint by making this simple swap.
Stop buying commercial surface sprays – DIY (super simple recipe included in pack) and use the glass spray bottle
- Make your own general purpose surface cleaner (super simple recipe included in the pack) and stop buying commercial products, saving another $20 p.a. The little bottle of eucalyptus oil included in the pack will last you more than 300 batches of spray cleaner.
- Chemicals included in commercial cleaning sprays have been linked to asthma and allergies, especially in children. Get them out of your home to reduce your risk. Eucalyptus oil has natural antibacterial properties and is a much healthier alternative, even conferring some health benefits!
- Every time you buy a new bottle of commercial cleaner, you are also buying another single-use container and spray nozzle, which is typically thrown away after a few weeks. Reusing a glass bottle instead will reduce your plastic and carbon footprints and reduce the amount of plastic polluting our environment. Eucalyptus oil is a naturally-occurring compound that has less harmful impacts on our waterways and other environments if released.
A stainless-steel funnel has many uses in a WHB home (e.g. refilling bottles, DIY cleaning products, etc. )
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Did you know that bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water and 3 times more than petrol!? Using a refillable water bottle instead will save you at least $180 p.a. Teabags cost at least 4 times more than loose leaf tea (of the same brand, by weight). Use an in-cup infuser instead and save another $50 p.a. BYO coffee cup and take advantage of the discounts ($0.50-1.00) offered by a growing number of cafes to save money with every cup! Keep a foldable shopping bag in your bag (or pocket) and avoid paying up at the checkout to save another $80 p.a. Buy olive oil in bulk, swap single-use kitchen cloths with our reusable options, replace plastic wrap with wax wraps and purpose made containers, make DIY surface cleaning spray and choose liquid soap refills to save another $200 p.a.
Plastic water bottles, tea bags, plastic wrap, take away coffee cups, and many other every day products contain BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates or other compounds that have been implicated (in both animal trials and epidemiological studies of human populations) in major diseases and disorders including cancers (breast and prostate in particular), behavioural problems in children (including ADHA and in some isolated instances, autism), reproductive disorders (including endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, poor sperm performance, erectile dysfunction and infertility), heart disease and obesity. Commercial cleaning sprays have been linked to asthma and allergies, especially in kids.
Australians produced more than 3.5 million tonnes of plastic in 2016-2017. Less than 300,000 (10%) of that was recycled. Plastic has become the most common type of debris found in the global ocean and Australia is no exception. Plastic that is not buried in landfill typically ends up in the ocean due to gravity. Plastic pollution is ugly and spoils the marine environment for people enjoying it recreationally. When ingested by wildlife, plastic can be toxic or can entangle, strangle, or starve animals. Plastics persist in the environment for hundreds or thousands of years, becoming smaller and smaller ‘microplastics’ (<5 mm), which are now accumulating in our oceans. We don’t fully understand the impacts of microplastics, but find them everywhere, even in our food.