Waste and Sewage Pollution

Every time you flush your lavatory, the contents disappear - only to resurface somewhere else! It's not a pleasant thought! We flush an extraordinary range of chemicals and loose items from cigarette butts to cotton buds. Swimmers can still contract illnesses from gastroenteritis to hepatitis A. In fact, people who spend a lot of time in the sea, such as surfers, are three times more likely to contract Hepatitis A than the rest of the public (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).

It's not only people who are at risk - chemicals and washing products that find their way into our river systems kill plants, aquatic life, and even land animals who drink from rivers. Toilet flushing accounts for the largest proportion of water-use in the UK - 35% of their domestic water goes down the lavatory. Awareness of where your used water goes is the first step towards transforming the quality of water around our coast (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).

Three quarters of blockages in water pipes are due to disposables such as sanitary towels, razor blades, syringes and cotton buds. Birds mistake tampon applicators for food and often choke on them. So don't throw anything that isn't supposed to be thrown down the toilet (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).