What Sarah Wilson is quitting now: Entrepreneur who made a fortune when she ‘quit sugar’ reveals the next thing she’s giving up
An Australian entrepreneur who made millions documenting her sugar-free lifestyle is now encouraging her fans to banish another kitchen staple: gas stoves.
Sarah Wilson, known for her best-selling 2012 book I Quit Sugar, is the face of Climate Council’s new ‘I Quit Gas’ campaign, which calls for a ban on the use of gas-powered appliance in the household.
The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation.
The influencer, 49, shared a video on Instagram on Monday about the ‘perils of cooking with gas’ and why information about the ‘nefarious’ gas industry needs to be circulated.
Gas stoves have become a hot-button issue in Australia after a recent U.S. study found contaminants from these appliances can increase the rate of childhood asthma.
I Quit Sugar author and entrepreneur Sarah Wilson (pictured) is encouraging her fans to banish gas stoves from their homes as part of a new campaign with the Australian Climate Council
Climate change activists also believe removing gas appliances from homes would reduce greenhouse emissions and therefore benefit the environment.
‘I founded I Quit Sugar a decade ago to help people live healthier by cutting processed sugar out of their lives at a time when there was a pretty low level of public awareness of the links between sugar and chronic diseases,’ Sarah said in a statement.
‘Now, I’m taking on gas, another dangerous substance lurking in Aussie homes.’
Sarah, who sold her I Quit Sugar empire in 2018 and gave the profits to charity, wants to help ‘save our precious life on this wild planet’ by calling on the government to ‘provide interest-free loans for switching to all-electric home appliances’.
Posting to Instagram, the influencer shared a video of herself decrying the ‘perils of cooking with gas’ and why information about the ‘nefarious’ gas industry needs to be circulated
‘Big Gas is just like Big Sugar – it has worked tirelessly to sell us the message their product is “natural” and healthy. It’s so far from the truth it hurts,’ she added.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph about the campaign, Sarah said: ‘Public awareness about the ticking time bombs in our homes is unacceptably low.
‘Just like Big Tobacco and Big Sugar have gone to great lengths to downplay the dangers of their products, the gas industry has spent millions trying to falsely market gas as ‘natural’, when it is in fact toxic and dangerous.’
However, many experts believe banning gas appliances could create an even worse outcome for the environment, depending on how the electricity is produced.
If electricity is produced via coal-powered plants, switching to electricity could actually be worse for the environment as coal produces more carbon dioxide emissions than natural gas.
A large-scale move to electrical appliances could also put an unmanageable amount of stress on power grids.
It has also been argued that discarding massive amounts of gas appliances for landfill would also be detrimental to the environment.
Climate Council confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that Sarah was paid to promote its campaign.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph about the campaign, Sarah said: ‘Public awareness about the ticking time bombs in our homes is unacceptably low’