Make a change: Green tip #8

Posted by Laura Grant on March 9, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

handkerchief.jpgWhen I was a child, the standard birthday gift for fathers was socks or cotton handkerchiefs. Adult men could be relied upon to have one on hand in an emergency. But nowadays everybody seems to carry tissues, which are more convenient when you have a cold, but you can’t embroider your initials on them or scent them with lavendar to sniff delicately when you have a headache now, can you?

The world uses 25-million metric tons of tissue each year and much of it is wasted, according to the Environmental Paper Network. This means that every day, so much tissue is used that it could stretch all the way to the moon and back. (This does include loo paper as well as facial tissue.)

So save a few trees and avoid unnecessary packaging by replacing packets of disposal tissues with some cotton handkerchiefs.

Photograph: iStockphoto.com

Via :: Friends of the Earth

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One Response to “Make a change: Green tip #8”

  1. Jan
    March 10th, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

    Are you sure about this one. How much detergent and softener does it take to keep a handkerchief clean? What is the ratio of facial tissue to toilet paper anyway?

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