Since I started researching this issue I have been amazed at how much I have learned – or at least become more aware of – that, until now, I took for granted or simply didn’t pay heed to. I heard recently that the average woman is exposed to 1,200 products/substances per day and that some of these, such as deodorants, been directly linked to breast cancer. Think about the eye shadow, the creams, the shampoos etc. that are full of chemicals and toxins – and we apply these to our skin in the belief that they are ‘good’ for us!
It staggers me to think that it takes something like 30 years for a plastic bag to decompose. And how many plastic bags do we each use in any given week? How much recycling do we do? And what about the food we eat? Now there is a topic. I was astounded when I looked into the amount of additives in supermarket pre-packed meats. And what about your average hormone-fed chicken? Sure it is ‘the healthy meat option’ …. ya right!
But when you want to buy the best for your family – such as organic food – you will need a healthy household budget, because organic food (rather than the toxin-enhanced stuff) does cost more. However, organic food devotees argue that it tastes better and is more satisfying, which ultimately means we need less. Surely, it should be about getting the best we can for whatever we spend? By reducing expenditure on processed foods, such as ready meals and take-outs, it is possible to incorporate organic choices without seriously breaking the budget – and there are plenty of suppliers of eco food, wine, household products and cosmetics on this island.
What would be great is if we all became more aware of what we’re consuming and its subsequent effects on our health. If we each committed ourselves to playing our own part in the development of a sustainable world, think of the difference it would make in our homes, our communities, our world. Environmental issues pose the greatest threat to our quality of life and the decisions we make today will impact on future generations . . . . our children and our children’s children.
I hope you’ll learn as much as I have from this issue and that, like me, you’ll act on it!
Helen & the abcMallorca team