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5) The detergents that we use every day make our household liquid waste far more harmful to the environment than it was for previous generations. If you are connected to the main sewer then expensive techniques have to be employed to degrade these detergents raising the cost of our water or reducing the quality of our rivers and streams. If you are not connected to the main sewer then any water or land pollution remains closer to home. It can pass through the soakaway contaminating your garden soil and its water including any vegetables that you might be growing. When it is taken away and spread on the fields the effect is the same. Your contribution to this pollution can be reduced by using more environmentally friendly detergents that break down more easily to less harmful by-products. Try using EcoVer or BioD products, they are very effective and often available from local shops and supermarkets. Again if you have trouble finding them try the "Natural Collection" catalogue Eco House, Monmouth Place, Bath, BA1 2DQ 01225 404010.

Nigel Tuffnell

Here are a few more ideas from me, Don't be overwhelmed by the problems facing the planet. Simple actions by you are important.

  1. The problem of waste is huge and no one can escape from it. But we can do a great deal to help by choosing products with the least packaging, composting and enthusiastically using our new green recycling boxes. If you think that you wheelie bin is too small - think again. Think where that waste can go. If you're not willing to have a landfill site over your back fence then don't complain about having to separate your rubbish for recycling. It's your choice reduce waste and recycle or landfill. Which do you choose?

  1. Last month I made the suggestion that you could consider "green electricity" thus acting to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used and greenhouse gases produced during electricity generation. I'm trying to do this myself and it can be difficult to get clear answers from energy companies. The whole area can be a little confusing but important so if you are interested please give me a ring and I'll help to guide you through the maze.

3) Some more energy saving tips: Go for double glazed windows which open rather than air-conditioning. Do you need the lights on - use natural light where you can. Turn off all machines and lights when not needed. Again use low energy bulbs and ensure that your house is as well insulated as possible.

4) The huge volume of disposable nappies and women's sanitary products used in this country is a massive landfill problem for us all. When my daughter was in nappies we used re-usable traditional cloth nappies almost all of the time. Disposables were reserved for changes on days out etc.. Re-usable nappies have developed a lot since those days making them more convenient and easy to use. There are many suppliers of re-usable nappies and women's sanitary products but if you have trouble finding them try contacting "Cuddlebabes"
22 The Stray
South Cave
East Yorkshire
HU15 2AL
Telephone 01430 425257
www.cuddlebabes.co.uk or:
The Women's Environmental Network
87 Worship Street
London
EC2A 2BE
Telephone 020 7481 9004.

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