Tissues – they seem so fluffy and light, but they are not

Tissues – they seem so fluffy and light, but they are not

Blowing your nose into a nice soft tissue is a comfort when you have a cold. We use tissues so frequently in our daily lives, they rarely get a second thought.

Those soft white tissues do have quite an impact on the environment however, and it’s important to not only take steps to reduce your usage, but to use brands that are from truly green producers.

The problem with tissues is that in order to make them we need to sacrifice trees, on which we rely on for survival. The paper / tissue industry is known for its role in contributing to the destruction of old growth forests. As well as cutting down trees, a whole lot of energy is required to transform the wood into soft, bleached paper all perfectly wrapped in plastic. There are a few things you can do to help address this issue.

Buying genuine recycled products will help. This may take a bit of homework as so many producers label products as green or recycled, whereas only a handful keep to the requisite standards. Initially recycled paper was so expensive it was pretty ridiculous for the average household, but in recent years, tissues made entirely from recycled paper are more commonplace and affordable, and 100% recycled content has come within Joe Soap’s budget. Aside from cutting down on waste, recycled paper products use 60% less energy and 50% less water than making paper from new materials.

Another action you can take is to control your own consumption of tissues. Do you really need to use as many as you do? Can you substitute some with washable cotton tissues?

It’s hard to think conservation when you are down with the flu, but that should probably just spurn you more so into action. Climate change will intensify if we don’t have our trees, and that will bring about harsher Winters. The upshot unfortunately, will be more sniffles, so lets tackle tissues and pave the way for a less fluey future.

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