Flushing tampons down the toilet. It’s like our dirty little secret. We’ve all done it. Some of us do it often.
It’s easy, convenient and means you don’t have to confront the full tampon you’ve just removed.
Out of sight, out of mind… until the plumber is called. Then it’s a disaster.
But the problem is bigger than our backyard pipes.
A water company in the UK – Anglian Water – has found half of the women in Britain flush their tampons down the toilet. Their research showed that between 1.5 billion and 2 billion sanitary items are flushed each year. BILLION.
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“Almost 800 tonnes of wipes, tampons and other sanitary items are removed from sewers every week in the Eastern region of the UK,” a statement from the water company says. “For major cities and towns such as Northampton, Norwich, Peterborough and Southend, it equates to as much as 40 tonnes of bathroom waste being wrongly flushed per week – roughly the same weight as 10 adult elephants.”
Yes, 800 tonnes. Every. Week. 10 adult elephants of destructive waste. Every. Week.
The environment is falling a part around us.
This week the NSW town of Forbes has been declared a natural disaster zone after the flooding Lachlan River reached its highest levels in 25 years.
The Great Barrier Reef is dying because the oceans are are, quite literally, absorbing the heat of global warming.
There is increased disease in animal and plant populations across the world, all because we can’t control or reduce the impact we are having on our environment.
The problem feels huge. Global warming seems too big for us to fix, or even try to address, as individuals.