Imagine the landfill problem of all those adult nappies

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A piece in the news caught my husband’s eye this week. I was busily watching tsunami footage (which has led – I kid you not – to me having nightmares about the tide swamping Lee-on-the-Solent seafront as I drive along it), when my husband proclaimed that last year, for the first time, sales of adult nappies in Japan exceeded those for babies.

He’s interested in this stuff as he’s a population nerd.

The figures reflect a burgeoning trend of elderly populations growing to exceed the numbers of infants.

What worries me, if we go the same way, is the landfill. If each nappy lasts 500 years or so, imagine the legacy that we are leaving. It’s an environmental timebomb to sit right alongside the population one.