I wrote this book in 1989 while pregnant with my first child for the Women's Environmental Network in the UK. It was a powerful description of how paper bleaching and disposables affect the environment, and produce poisonous dioxins that persist. At the time I did a lot of publicity around re-usable nappies, which I employed for all my children. I am proud of this book, which is still read and cited as a source. I believe the movement towards non-bleached everything from sanitary towels to teabags was prompted by the science in this book.
Josa gives an overview of the book:
Born in Kent, England, into a large, complicated family, Josa Young has always told stories. She read English at Cambridge University, and started her career at Vogue magazine in London. Since then, she has worked as a consumer journalist, but with thousands of words of...