How will 'The Kitchen' LIFE HACK PACK make me Wealthy, Healthy and Better?
How do I use 'The Kitchen' LIFE HACK PACK?
- 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 can leach nasty chemicals into food, especially fatty foods such as meat and cheese and particularly after it's been exposed to higher temperatures, such as those in 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, eventually becoming microplastics. We don't fully understand the environmental impacts of microplastics but are finding them everywhere, including in the sea salt and seafood we consume
Stop buying single-use oil bottles – buy in bulk and 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, tomato and banana savers, the avocado pod 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? Avo? Nana? No worries. 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. Beeswax wraps are a healthier alternative containing only natural products. These containers are BPA-free and are designed to store fruit and veg with their skins and peels still on, meaning less contact with the edible portion. These containers and the beeswax wraps are much healthier options for food storage than plastic film
- 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 synthetic 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
Stop buying commercial surface sprays – make your own in the refillable glass spray bottle instead
- Make your own general purpose surface cleaner with eucalyptus oil, water and vinegar (super simple recipe included in the pack) and stop buying commercial products, saving another $50 p.a.
- 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
- 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
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.