Eco special: 10 days of saving the earth - one tissue at a time

My reusable wet wipe stunk because I forgot to wash it, but it felt good to save the earth by not using disposable items

On the sixth day of my zero-waste lifestyle plan, I opened my work bag and the smell of old gym socks wafted out. I took the reusable wet wipe out of its pouch, gave it a sniff and was reminded of canals at high tide. It needs a daily rinse and dry, but I had missed a day or two, so my backpack began emitting the vapours of a sarcophagus.

Until that point, I was congratulating myself for doing a fantastic job at saving the planet. In six days, I had not used a single disposable item - no chopsticks, plastic cutlery, foam food boxes, disposable drink containers or plastic shopping bags.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline '10 days of saving the earth - one tissue at a time'. Print Edition | Subscribe