Disposable nappies are a godsend. Quick, effective and no hassle. Everything a busy parent wants, but at what cost?
Our landfills are overflowing with them and it will take almost 20 generations before the nappies we are throwing away today are fully decomposed.
Is that a legacy we want to leave for our children and future generations?
With so many great alternatives available nowadays, if we can manage to take a reusable plastic bag with us when we go to the shops, surely we can switch to reusable nappies that we can pop in the washing machine with our normal loads?
Apart from the obvious landfill space issues, did you know that nappies create methane gas while decomposing, a major source of global warming and take 3 1/2 times more energy to make than reusable cloth ones?
Disposable nappies also use 8.3 times more non-renewable and 90 times more renewable resources to produce!
Environmentally, it’s a no-brainer, but there are other benefits of switching that make it very sensible decision.
Your bank balance
Although it may cost you between £300-£400 to invest in reusable nappies at the start, you will have spent around 4 times this on disposables in the first few years of your baby’s life.
Plus, if you do go on to have more children, this saving is multiplied again and again with each child, as you won’t need to fork out for them again.
If you don’t want to wash them yourself, there are many nappy washing services available, but by far the cheapest and most carbon footprint friendly option is to pop them in your own washing machine.
Modern detergents are so much more effective than when our parents and grandparents didn’t have a choice but to use cloth nappies and make short work of those dirty nappies.
Best for baby
Cloth cotton nappies help baby’s delicate skin breathe naturally and with no added chemicals like chlorine and polymer gels, the risk of irritation is reduced.
Many parents report improvement or eradication of nappy rash when switching to cloth nappies.
They’re also super soft and more comfortable for baby.
Evidence also suggests that babies who use cloth nappies are easier to potty train, as they are more aware of when they go to the toilet.
Cloth nappies are not fiddly and difficult to use!
With slip-on, popper and velcro designs, modern cloth nappies are just as easy to use as disposables and come in a fantastic selection of colours, sizes and styles. In fact, with so much choice, they’re practically a fashion accessory for the discerning baby.
If you really can’t bear the thought of switching to reusable nappies, there are now more echo friendly bio-degradable nappies available. Although they are not 100% fully degradable and take up to 50 years to decompose, whilst still emitting methane gases, they are a step in the right direction.
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