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Make a change: Green tip #8

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

Make a change: Green tip #7

January 17, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

Bales of recycled paperThe energy saved by a year’s worth of paper recycling in South Africa is enough to provide electricity to 512 homes for a year, according to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa).

Not only is 40 percent less energy required to manufacture recycled paper, water consumption is halved and waste water is reduced by 35%.

Every metric ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 3 square metres of landfill space. Recycled fibre reduces air emissions in papermaking by 70 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions are cut by 2.8 tons and sulphur dioxide by 10kg.
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