Mother nature has a way of reminding us when things are on the nose, with 2016 and 2017 on record as being the hottest years, and bush fires in the Arctic circle, she is start to tell us something is on the nose. Through small lifestyle changes and choices we can make a difference and keep Mother Nature happy. We have already seen the impact War on Waste has had in Australia; on mass people are refusing the plastic bottle, straw and shopping bags, recycling e waste not hoarding it and letting our supermarkets we are ok with bent banana’s but not ok with excess packaging.

I would like to throw one more into the mix.

Rethink the Humble Hankie

During periods of colds and flues tissues are essential to fight the spread of infection. But how often do we unconsciously we grab a tissue or two before heading out the door, stuff a few in our back pocket, handbag, kids school bag for that just in case moment, not think of the impact it has on Mother Nature.

How often do we find a tissue was left in a pocket then washed?

How much time do we waste picking bits of tissue off everything?

This is not about living without tissues, from time to time they have their place. Like so many things we have been sold convenience over sustainability. So why not rethink the humble hankie?

Carbon Footprint- Tissues vs Hankie

Considering it take’s 2.2 litres of water to make 1 tissue, how many litres of water are we wasting?

There is no deigning that growing cotton is a thirsty business; it takes 165 litres of water to grow and manufacture a single hankie, and an addition 0.15 litres of water to wash in a 4-5 star rated washing machine. But the humble hankie is worth considering if you wish to reduce your carbon footprint.

It’s estimated a hankie can be used least 520 times, by spreading the water consumption over the life of the hankie the hankie comes out at 0.47 litres per use against the tissues of 2.2 litres of water.

Taking into consideration the humble hankie requires laundering, the energy to wash and dry works out to 0.4kWh per use, when spread out over 520 uses and line dried instead of tumble drying the energy cost reduces to 0.02kWh

A tissue cannot be recycled and creates about 1.3 g of waste, including waste from manufacturing. Whereas a cotton hankie produces 0.05 g of landfill-bound waste for each use, which is 26 times less waste than a tissue. Source: Green Lifestyle

The answer is right under your nose

  1. De-clutter that drawer containing forgotten Christmas gifts such as soap on a rope and hankies from Gran and give a hankie a try.
  2. Search your local op shop, often you will find new hankies still in there wrapping.
  3. When buying new hankies look for ones made from sustainable materials such as- bamboo, hemp organic cotton.

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