Confusion and poor messaging led to hoarding, experts suggest

Hoarding is wrong, and you should not do it, all our experts agree. But the reasons people are overbuying—and that you cannot always find toilet paper, milk, eggs, and cleaning supplies after several states issued a shelter-in-place ...

Empty shelves not an indicator of a broken supply chain

For the millions of Americans concerned about shortages of vital supplies like toilet paper, food basics and other items vital to getting us through an unprecedented global health crisis, there is some encouraging news, according ...

Can we turn sewage 'sludge' into something valuable?

Over the past few years I have become an academic expert in "sewage sludge" – the residual, semi-solid mix of excrement packed with microorganisms that is left behind within wastewater treatment plants. Every year the UK ...

Don't believe the label—'flushable wipes' clog sewers

The manufacturer of White King "flushable" wipes has been fined A$700,000 because these are not, in fact, flushable. The wipes, advertised as "just like toilet paper", cannot disintegrate in the sewerage system, and cause ...

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