A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about the 3Ps in ‘Turn your toilet paper into a wet wipe + other news & views on loos & no. 2s‘ and potential ways to help the environment by not putting anything other than Poop, Pee and Paper (toilet paper) in the loo… We asked one of the world’s leading experts, Professor Richard Thompson, for his opinion and he kindly responded having said ‘the article made good sense.’ His comments can be seen below:
“The bottom line is we all need to work toward consuming less stuff. It is especially important to minimise any single use items where the benefit is very transitory – but the persistence as waste is long-lived. That’s the issue with wipes. The move toward a fine to flush logo might make sense. However, its potentially confusing for consumers if some wipes are OK to flush and others not. Perhaps the simplest message is the 3Ps – only flush pee, poo and paper. The idea of a spray to modify conventional paper is an interesting one and may have merit. I hope the containers are fully compatible with a circular economy.
To me the key thing in all of this is the need for product designers to fully consider end of life scenarios for their products right from the design stage; and where necessary have necessary testing done to evaluate those outcomes before a product goes to market. Many of the current challenges relating to plastics could be avoided with a little more thought at the design stage.” Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS
Professor Thompson is Director of the Marine Institute School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering) and leads the International Marine Litter Research Unit. Professor Thompson coined the term ‘microplastics‘ in 2004. With thanks for his remarks and advice.
Listen to this fascinating and enlightening podcast with Professor Thompson onBBC Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific‘ [listen now or download.] ‘How did you first get interested in the problem of plastic pollution in the sea?’ Richard Thompson tells Jim Al-Khalili how he alerted the world to the micro-plastics in the ocean and the harm they might cause to marine life.
‘When the rest of the world was waking up to the harm caused to marine life by larger plastic items, such as plastic bags, Professor Richard Thompson searched for tiny fragments of plastic, some no bigger than a human hair; and found them in oceans and on beaches all over the world. He has spent decades studying the harm these micro-plastics might cause to marine life and is concerned. His work on plastics in cosmetics led to a UK ban on micro-beads in shower gels and exfoliating scrubs.‘
We’ve often discussed, and are sure you’ve heard about, fatbergs. Yep, those disgusting planet like combos of every disgusting thing that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet pan! If you had to deal with them head on, and sort out the damage they cause – then (if you’re doing that now, or have done in the past, usually quite innocently) maybe you’ll think again before you throw all that shit, that isn’t shit, into the loo – hopefully armed with this insight, you’ll not. Out of sight, will in time return to mind and not be out if it, as this will be a big problem for us all if people don’t think before they throw. Think the 3Ps Poo, Pee & Paper* [Toilet Paper* that is, as other tissue etc. is not made to break down like TP is, hence the name!]
As the BBC reported back in January, even before the CV19 arose, ‘Every year the UK spends about £100m clearing an estimated 300,000 fatbergs, the blockages created from the congealed fats and waste we pour down the sink and flush down the toilet.’ If you are concerned that that money could be better spent and most of us can think of a dozen things immediately, then please let’s take this matter seriously. In a number of countries, the 3Ps sign is commonly seen above or near both public and domestic toilets – and it serves as a great reminder. Love your Loo!
Need more info or want to read up on all this? Then click on any of the links below and some excellent articles on the subject:
It’s also worth repeating once again, that the current toilet paper situation is caused by people buying too much toilet paper, it’s a fact… as industry experts keep telling everyone (who’ll listen.) This in turn is causing people to use other papers & wet wipes etc. which is compounding the problem of the fatbergs and potential sewer problems for us all!
We’ll be back on Friday with more news on loos and no. 2s at ‘TheDailyPoo!‘
We’re back for this week’s line up on what’s going down in the world of toilets and poop. Today’s articles and insights yet again uncover the best of what’s out there – but we don’t just stay on top of what’s at the bottom, we also research and educate on all you need to know, before you go! So, let’s look at what’s going on in the john, in this weeks edition of, ‘The Daily Poo!’ We’ll start with the nice stuff, then it may get a bit shittier…
On the topic of ideas for a ‘Beautiful Bathroom‘ did you know that wicker baskets are another aesthetically pleasing alternative to the trad loo roll holders… look at Wayfair for inspiration! Oh, and by the way – if our patents pending get adopted, then forget ‘stand alone’ colon straighteners, these will be built in to your toilets – as a standard chrome/colour coordinated fitting to blend in to your chosen designs.
On a more charitable note, Andrex has teamed up with WaterAid on an increasingly popular cause, ‘Toilets Change Lives.’ These positive links between manufacturers and the likes of UNICEF, the UN, WaterAid and The World Toilet Organisation are beginning to help with sanitation in poorer areas of the world, where 2 billion people have little of no access to basic sanitation!
Turning swiftly to a new trend… check out the new fad for doing Selfie Moon Pics using the cardboard centres of toilet rolls… article by Zaini Majeed for Republic tv.
The next article has a great interview from down under, no… not the nether regions – the other down unders, but NZ not Australia… Weight Loss and other benefits of popping poop pills. Then, shower habits that get increasingly more gross as you read on… We’d suggest you don’t read this ’til after midday!
Are you still here… ? Well, this is, ‘The Daily Poo!’ so it’s gonna be shitty sometimes! Okay next article…
The Poop Project takes their one-man show back on the road, ‘How the Potty Trained Us‘ stimulating conversation about sustainability and stools. It’s not just the big guys that are making a difference, Mr. Toilet andThe Poop Project are two great examples of the current disrupters!
That’s a wrap, except for the Poop Map… strange though it may seem, or not, there’s an app for crap – which has been gaining popularity. For those people who love to know where, when and under what circumstances their friends poop, this app is for you. Let’s hope it has a greater purpose for the future, I can think of one if they’d like to get in touch! Delaney Halloran explains in The Spectrum. Have a great week and we’ll be back next Monday with the latest edition of, ‘The Daily Poo!‘