Each baby will go through around 5,000 nappies in a 2 ½ year period which equates to 156 black bags and will weigh approximatley the same as a family car!
Whatever type of nappy you use it will have an environmental impact. However, disposable nappies do cause a significant problem to our crowded landfill sites, where they take around 300 years to biodegrade and during the process of decomposition release methane gas, a more potent greenhouse gas than Co2. If you wish to use Real Nappies and reduce the environmental impact you can do the following:
- Choose more environmentally friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp and bamboo.
- Use ‘A’ rated appliances
- Wash at 40, or 60c. Do not boil wash
- Do not use fabric conditioner – it is unnecessary and reduces absorbency
- Use eco-friendly washing powders
- Minimise tumble drying – line dry, or use an airer
- Do not iron nappies
- Try and encourage potty training from around 18 months of age