Tomorrow (Sunday 26th April) is the last day of Real Nappy Week 2015, and we’ve missed it. Never mind, it doesn’t stop today. In fact it goes on every day. Did you know that Redbridge council sends 58,800 disposal nappies to landfill every day? That’s every day, 365 days a year. That’s 21,462,000 a year, all going to landfill and costing the council, or you and me the council tax payer, huge sums in landfill charges. These things don’t come free you know. But the thing I want to know is who counted them?
We’ve missed the week's events organised by Redbridge council to promote real nappies, but they do still have a trail [sic!] offer pack for parents, or indeed grand parents, at £5 for those with children under 18 months old. Even if you don’t give a stuff about the environmental damage caused by disposable nappies, real nappies are estimated to save you up to £500 on a first baby and if used for another child even more. In these austere times that could make a solid down payment on tuition fees later on. Go have a look at the Redbridge-i page where the facts are explained and the myths busted.
Meanwhile, Mark Hall over at Business Waste laments how British business is wasting a small fortune every year on protective packaging and er, stuffing the environment in the process. He says:
In most cases, plastic protective packaging for electronic goods is for cosmetic purposes only, and only exists to maintain brand image when the outer box is open. It’s a brave but forward-looking brand that abandons white plastic inserts and replaces them with biodegradable card or organic packaging, but it’s a step that businesses should be prepared to take.
Alternatives that businesses should consider to replace plastic inter packaging include:
The last of these is now a cheaply-available reality. It’s a type of fibre derived from the mushroom root system that can be turned into durable – yet 100% compostable – custom shapes ideal for any component or product. According to its developers, the environmental impact of this packaging is precisely zero.
- Recycled card
- Biodegradable foam ‘peanuts’
- Shaped biodegradable foam
- Organic fibre inserts
“Boxes you can grow are the future,”Also on Business Waste Mark Hall looks at how Food packaging waste is killing the planet, and it’s all down to lazy meals. In a survey on how often householders cooked an evening meal from scratch using fresh ingredients they were shocked by their own findings:
- Never 34%
- Once a week 43%
- More than once a week 21%
- Every day 2%
Unfortunately, many supermarket-bought ready meals contain excess quantities of sugar and salt, and could be damaging to health in the long-run. It’s worse if the meal is of the instant variety. While the tens of thousands of tons of extra food packing are a serious issue, the health of the nation is just as bad, with a reliance on low-quality food causing obesity, diabetes and other conditions that will cost Britain dearly in coming years.
“Dumping the ready meal really will save lives, and help save the planet,” says Hall.And in a shocking discovery Barkingside CSI have uncovered damning evidence linking the expanding waistline of the Redbridge Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing to a stash of empty Pizza boxes found at an office basement in Beehive Lane.
The case has now been referred to Barkingside's renowned healthy shopping, eating and exercise guru and the subject will undergo an extensive rehabilitation course with appropriate therapy and dietary training as well as meditation and afternoon naps.