The Harsh Facts / by Lisa Nguyen

It's no secret that at ENOUGH we're big advocates of living an ethical, organic and sustainable life. There are many ways in which we can make a positive contribution to the world and for our community. At ENOUGH, we're taking lots of steps which will hopefully lead us in the right direction including stocking incredible organic and sustainably sourced products from OWAY and Mr. Smith; sourcing our goods locally and from equally sustainable businesses; as well as partnering with Sustainable Salons Australia to ensure all of our waste products don't just end up in landfill.

What really motivated us when developing our offering were some of the harsh facts we discovered when researching recycling, consumption and modern lifestyles. We believe education is at the heart of change (and hopefully, always for the better!) so we've pulled together some pretty shocking facts (we think so anyway) that may help motivate you to shake up your lifestyle and become conscious about what you're putting in or on your body, as well as the effect of our behaviours on the health of the environment.

Did you know?

  • Australians are among the top producers of waste in the world.
  • We produce approximately 50 million tonnes of waste each year - that's an average of two tonnes per person, and growing.
  • The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.
  • Four million tonnes of food ends up as landfill; enough to fill 8,400 Olympic sized swimming pools. That's approximately $3,800 worth of groceries per household, each year.
  • Thirty-five percent of the average household bun is food waste.
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin.
  • Reusable bags need to be used at least 50 times in order for their environmental benefits to be realised - so don't forget them next time you go shopping.
  • Almost 14 billion plastic single-use soda bottles, water bottles, and other beverage containers are used by Australians each year.
  • Australian homes are notably some of the worst at conserving water in the world.
  • The King River in Tasmania is the most polluted source of water in Australia; this is largely in part, due to the mining industry.
  • Upwards of 85% of Australian households contribute to water pollution (knowingly and unknowingly), by improperly disposing of garbage and waste.
  • Eighty-five percent of marine birds in Australia are impacted in some way by marine plastic pollution.
  • Land pollution makes up over 80% of all marine and freshwater pollution in Australia.
  • Sulphates - the detergent typically found in products that foam - are easily absorbed by our skin, and builds up in major organs like our heart, liver and brain.
  • PPD, a chemical commonly found in hair dyes can cause severe allergies that result in closed eyelids, and in some extreme cases, can cause hives or even anaphylaxis.
  • Australians produce an estimated 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year, but only 4% is recycled.

Pretty startling, hey? By making lots of small changes in our daily lives, we hope it ends up having a big impact (i.e. like reducing our carbon footprint, deterring from unnecessary consumption, and being considerate and mindful of what happens to the byproducts from the production and consumption of products and services). If you want to be part of the change, come into the studio and have a chat - because we work better together as a community.