Posted 2nd Aug 2019

Consumers create half a ton of bathroom product waste, finds survey

2nd August 2019 - 15:19pm
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A new survey by Tap Warehouse has discovered that consumers will, on average, create more than half a ton of bathroom product waste over their lifetime, meaning the current population will produce more than 33 million tonnes of waste.

According to Tap Warehouse, only 50% of bathroom product waste is recycled, meaning recyclable bathroom waste accounts for 30-40% of total landfill waste in the UK.

Common bathroom products such as toothpaste tubes and shower gel bottles take 450 and 500 years, respectively, to decompose. Cotton pads take four to five months, while toothbrushes take 400 years.

Wet wipes take 100 years to decompose, while disposable nappies, tampons and sanitary towels take 500 years and contact lenses never do, Tap Warehouse said. People will use more than 38,000 wet wipes in an average lifespan, the company added, as well as 2,330 toiletries.

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