Cloth Hankie or Paper Tissue?

Cloth hankies are like Marmite: you either love it or hate it. Discuss!
Or 'Disgust' as the haters would possibly say.

Is the cloth hankie so despicable that there is no place for it in the modern world?

What is the impact of paper tissue on the environment?

"Everyday about 270 000 trees are flushed down the drain or end up as garbage all over the world. ... Half the world's commercial timber is needed to make paper products such as facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, handkerchiefs, gift wrap paper, packaging, photocopy paper, newspapers, magazines and even holiday photos." (Source: The trouble with tissue paper, 2004)

Did you know that ancient forests are being cleared to make some brands of tissue paper from virgin pulp? (Click on source.)

Did you know that even when paper come from 'sustainable sources' it could mean forests have been replanted by a single species of tree thus reducing biodiversity?

"In order to satisfy our increasing demand for wood and paper products, the majority of the natural boreal forest in Scandinavia has been converted into intensively managed secondary forest or plantations, where the inhabitants of a true and complex forest eco-system struggle to survive."  (Source: Paper Recycling: Exposing the Myths)

"The softness, strength and appearance of tissues are used as key reasons to justify the use of virgin forest wood fibres. Once used, tissue paper products are not recoverable or recyclable. Further, the recycling claims often only refer to the wrapping and can be misleading."  (Source: Tissue is an issue for nature)

Good Wood guide: impacts of buying the wrong tissue paper

"Tissue is naturally everyone’s choice." This is the conclusion made by the European Tissue Symposium, a paper tissue trade association.

Why is it that those of us who go through three boxes of paper tissue when we have a stinking cold can survive on a few cloth hankies?

We'll have more stories and information soon.

Tell us your views on this snotty problem here.

From Boots and Somerfield accused of 'trashing forests' (Guardian, 18th October 2007):

Ms Paoli said the production of tissues and disposable paper products, "places huge pressure on the world's forests."

"The UK has traditionally sourced its paper from the forests of Canada, Finland and Russia, where many logging companies operate with little concern for their environmental or social impact."

10th July 2008 How to cut your paper footprint (Independent)

Tissues vs handkerchiefs (14th May 2009)

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