How will the 'In the Bag' LIFE HACK PACK make me Wealthy, Healthy and Better?
How do I use the 'In the Bag' 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 -be a part of the solution
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
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
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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.