Having recently watched the excellent Uk BBC documentary about the history of landfill sites it made me wonder about the bags of full of output that I throw into my bin every day! Like nappies, I'm reliably informed that, as composite materials, containing medical waste, they are extremely difficult to recycle and so almost all end up in landfill. But the question is, will they ever decompose?
Someone once told me that Nappies in landfill will take between 200 and 500 years to fully decompose & whilst, as a family we try to be recycling conscious, I can't help wondering what all the suppliers of ostomy bags / pouches are doing to make their products eco-friendly, because my rubbish bin sure does fill up with them each fortnight.
When I posted something on Twitter to this effect, I was encouraged by the response from fellow ostomates & therefore this letter is a sort of call for action & perhaps others with more experience in these matters might start to think & shout about what we are throwing into bins every day.
Someone suggested that one option was to use potato starch bags & someone else told me that they had swapped oxo-biodegradable dog poo bags for the complimentary “hygienic & odourised disposal bags” that her supplier sent her each month. However, its what's going in the bags that will remain in the ground & not decompose, for the longest time.
We are not sure if anyone has the magic answer however, we did start asking some of the suppliers, that are keen to get our regular business, if they could provide us with a copy of their company's environmental policy or if they had a research & development unit that might be focusing a part of their time on green issues. Sadly, we can't say that our inboxes have been overflowing with replies!
What next? – we are keen to see what others might think about this subject & to learn about the moves people might be making (or thinking about making) to help nudge the various companies that produce these products to think outside the bin!
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