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- Each year Australians consume 273,000 tonnes of tissue products - almost all of it made from virgin fibre (virgin forests, not replanted forests)
- It takes around 2.2L of water to produce one paper tissue. Cotton hankies use four and a half times less water than that.
- When it comes to sustainability, the hanky wins nose down. A tissue gets used once, whereas a hanky has a lifespan of around 520 times!
- It takes three times more energy to grow trees and produce pulp to manufacture a virgin fibre tissue compared to that of producing a cotton hanky.
- Not surprisingly tissues do create a fair amount of waste. Unlike office paper, once a tissue has been used it can't be recycled so it ends up in a landfill. One cotton hanky produces 0.05g of landfill-bound waste for each use, which is 26 times less waste than a tissue.
Rebecca Blackburn - gmagazine.com.au
- The use of a handkerchief is undoubtedly an environmentally sound practice, saving the use of so many tissues, but what about hygiene? Any normal person would change handkerchiefs at least daily, to be washed and reused; so unless you are an enormous germaphobe, I must insist that the minuscule hygiene concern is greatly outweighed by the long-term conservation that this medium allows.
Andrew Hamilton - smh.com.au
And remember, Jack Johnson teaches kids to reduce, reuse, recycle....we should do this too....set an example to our future generation and help save the planet by switching from tissues....