Tissues VS Hankies
It takes around 2.2 L to produce one paper tissue. Even if the cotton water footprint is huge (165 L of water to grow and manufacture one hanky) its reusability makes it win the water footprint contest. If we consider we’ll use a hankie at least 520 times, it will use 0.47L per nose-blow, washing included.
It takes three times more energy to grow trees and produce pulp to manufacture paper tissue compared to a producing a cotton hankie.
Once a tissue is used, it can’t be recycled anymore and is thus sent to landfill. Manufacturing and washing included, hankies produce 26 times less waste than tissue.
So the winners are… Hankies! Especially if there’s made of organic cotton, like these ones are.
Source: Green Lifestyle Mag