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  • Nappies and waste...
  • For The Recycling Consortium (TRC), which is based in Bristol, in the South West of the UK, the 3R’s are the only way to deal with the waste we produce. TRC promotes ways to reduce, re-use, recycle and compost. By advancing sustainable ways to deal with our waste, TRC believe that we all benefit - as do our planet and our environment.
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IRAIN - The environment We could easily reduce our need for pulp timber, and....

The environment We could easily reduce our need for pulp timber, and thus for tree-felling, by a third. This is very important at a time when we should be planting long-living trees to counteract the greenhouse effect. Using unbleached recycled paper would also reduce the huge discharges of chlorine compounds into the rivers below pulp mills - discharges which kill fish and other forms of aquatic life.

DISPOSABILITY - THE FACTS: We live in a convenience society, where everyday items from handkerchiefs to razors, kitchen towels to babies' nappies are increasingly of the disposable variety. This is particularly the case with those - mostly paper-based - products with which we clean up after ourselves, the 'disposable hygienics'. Every year we get through 3.5 billion disposable nappies and over 2 billion toilet rolls. Then we throw them all away and hope that we won't need to think about them again.

But everything has to come from somewhere, and everything must go somewhere. Disposable nappies alone use the wood from 30 million trees every year, and the chlorine-based chemicals used to bleach everything bright white cause serious pollution in the rivers and seas. The same chemicals, which contain toxic dioxins, are also thought to be a human health risk, especially to babies. Once used, the disposables create a formidable rubbish problem.

They are not easy to recycle, they block drains and sewage systems, and can carry a wide range of viruses and bacteria. Some countries, like Sweden, have recognised the environmental and health risks of these products, and have succeeded in shifting to safer formulations. Following an upsurge in public concern, unbleached paper disposables are now becoming more widely available in The UK. The next step is to re-introduce practices which are healthier for us and the environment, and less wasteful of valuable resources.

WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: Detailed information about the environmental and health implications of disposable products needs to be widely available, so that consumers can make informed choices. Non-bleached paper products should be widely available at reasonable prices. The producers of disposable products should contribute funds towards their collection and disposal, and research should be done into recyclable alternatives to disposable products.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Try to cut down on the quantity of 'disposable hygienics' you use. Don't use paper plates and plastic cutlery. Use towels and tea-towels in the kitchen instead of paper kitchen rolls. Use recycled paper products in preference to ones made of new paper, and buy unbleached off-white products rather than bright chemically bleached ones.

If you have a baby, think very seriously about using terry nappies....

If you have a baby, think very seriously about using terry nappies instead of disposables. You will save money, even though it might mean a bit more work.

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Littering is illegal. While the litter problem gets worse, however, very little....

Littering is illegal. While the litter problem gets worse, however, very little effort is made by the police and local authorities to take the problem seriously.

Other people: Litter, especially glass, contributes to accidents and children are often....

Other people: Litter, especially glass, contributes to accidents and children are often the victims. A cleaner neighbourhood will be safer and more pleasant for everyone. The environment... read more