If the idea of cloth nappies conjures images of towelling squares loosely held by a large safety pin, think again. Modern versions have come a long way and are now available in bright colours and a variety of materials, including cotton, bamboo, microfibre and hemp. Growing consumer concern over plastic waste, and a more pragmatic desire to save money, means boom times for the reusable nappy industry. “There is increased awareness of the impact of disposable nappies – they are a single-use plastic. It started with coffee cups, then disposable wipes, and the jump from wipes to nappies is clear,” said Wendy Richards, director of UK online provider The Nappy Lady. She says the number of people using the service has grown by 80% in the past year. The business has doubled its staff since the start of 2018. About 25% of a disposable nappy is plastic and three billion nappies a year end up in landfill. Some councils in Britain now give new parents vouchers worth up to … [Read more...] about All change as millennial parents turn to cloth nappies
Clothing recycling bins
Turn any corner in the busy town centre of Guildford on a weekday morning, and someone is carrying a disposable cup bearing the logo of one of the major chains. Each minute in the UK about 500 of these used coffee cups are thrown away. Every year consumers use and dispose of 2.5bn of them. The vast majority are not recycled. On the main high street, coffee drinkers come and go, a few searching for the local authority “on the go” recycling bins in which to deposit their used vessel. Few are aware that their well meaning efforts will do little to reduce the waste mountain created by Britain’s £9bn coffee-shop habit. The UK has just three facilities that can split the paper and plastic components, which line the cardboard cups, for recycling. These facilities are not part of the general recycling system, and less than 1 in 400 cups – under 0.25% – are recycled. To tackle the waste mountain, MPs have called for a 25p levy on takeaway coffees and teas to … [Read more...] about Will a 25p charge change Britain’s throwaway coffee cup culture?
Janey Godley prods her chin lovingly, as she talks about ageing. “I love putting up pictures on Twitter of me with no makeup. See every wrinkle,” says the Glaswegian comedian, who is 58. For a glancing moment, she sounds a little awestruck. “I survived rape, I survived my Ma being murdered, this is my face. If it offends you, don’t look at it. I think other people should have that attitude.” Godley is sitting in the kitchen of the elegant Edinburgh tenement flat she has rented for the duration of the fringe with her daughter Ashley Storrie, a successful comic too, of whom her mum is glowingly proud. It is a biblically rainy day, and Godley has erected a shoe-changing station of plastic bags and a small stool at the front door, anxious to keep the carpets clean. With years of five-star reviews and sold-out gigs behind her, recent months have brought her a huge new audience as a result of the political voiceovers she posts online. Within hours of Boris … [Read more...] about ‘I joked about my life – Ma’s murder, child abuse, gangsters’: how Janey Godley became the queen of comedy