A recent issue published a letter from the president of the Brick and Block Association explaining that bricks and blocks were sustainable products (8 April, page 40).

There is no way, certainly on this planet, that brick and block making is sustainable and this is a marvellous example of how far off the environmental/sustainability target some of the thinking in this industry is. This seems to me like out-and-out self-preservation by the head-in-the-sand method. With this sort of thinking at such levels there is little hope of reaching even the modest aspirations of the industry.

William Matley