Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Too Good To Waste

I've just been browsing the latest edition of Too Good To Waste, the Edinburgh & East Lothian guide to not trashing the Earth when you're disposing of stuff. A couple of interesting points:

Household batteries are still not being recycled in the UK, though there are some options for recycling nickel cadmiums (NiCd), which are found in items such as cordless power tools and laptops. These are apparently the ones that are most harmful to the environment due to their heavy metals content. Meanwhile, the British Battery Manufacturers Association is claiming that there is no pressing need to start recycling the ordinary domestic kind. I can't help wondering if that's because it would involve some financial commitment on the part of their members.

Anyway, you should know by now that it's more economical for you - and better for the environment - to buy rechargable batteries. If you buy Energizer or Panasonic rechargables, you can mail them back to the manufacturers for recycling once they've reached the end of their life. I just bought a load of Uniross ones. D'oh! However, they did come with a charger that switches itself off when the batteries are full.


According to Too Good To Waste, Oxfam, Red Cross, Comet and Tesco are currently active in recycling old mobile phones. I'm sure there are others doing this as well.


Women's sanitary items are causing major environmental pollution. "DON'T MESS WITH OUR BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS," I hear you shout, but here are some things that will help you and the environment: Too Good To Waste recommends the Women's Environmental Network, and I would suggest you check out the Mooncup which, I am reliably informed, is a most exceptional product. For women.


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