Awhile back one of my blog readers, Diane of Woolnspice.com, raised the question of what was the better way to dispose of used tissues -- trash or flush? Since I had never even considered that issue I had no idea. So I did what any self-respecting, i.e., lazy, blogger would do. I assigned her the task of researching the issue and reporting back.
Which she did! Way to go, Diane!
From her post today:
More Trash I’m overdue in reporting on my special investigation: Toilet or Trash for Used Tissues? This special assignment was Kmkat’s idea and I’m telling you I’ve never gone so deep into the field of trash in my life. Nor am I sure I ever want to walk this way again.
If I were CNN, I’d be announcing this special assignment with extravagant graphics, loud music and Wolf Blitzer pontificating in grim tones.
Since my name’s not Wolf, I’ll just tell you what I learned about the best way to dispose of used tissues.
Short answer: Nobody knows. There are more arguments about the right way to dispose of a dirty tissue than there is about whether a stimulus package is really a spending bill.
Read the results her entire research at her blog here. Although she says above that no one knows, she did uncover enough information that some of us may be able to make an informed decision given our own situation. We have a septic system, so given her findings that tissues do not break down as easily as toilet paper, we are better off throwing them into the trash. Or even better, into the compost pile.
Thanks again, Diane. I love it that you jumped on this assignment and gave us all the benefit of your research, and I love it even more that you jumped into the whole Zero Trash [Challenge] Month with such enthusiasm. My (handknit) hat is off to you!