What’s the problem with nappies?

Imagine if every time you went to the loo you threw the toilet in the bin! What an absurd waste right?!

Unfortunately when little family members are potty training they will use on average 5,000 nappies, all destined for the bin. 8 MILLION disposable nappies are thrown into landfill every single day, in the UK alone. Not to mention the £400 yearly expense!

One nappy could take more than 500 years to break down, and even then it breaks down into microplastics which poison our soils, our waterways and our food chain. With 12 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year, we want to be cutting down on our plastic usage where there are alternatives available.

Photo by Hackney Council

How can I change my nappy habits to reduce my plastic footprint?

Just like with period pads and pants, there are a real variety of reusable options available to cut out plastic, chemicals and synthetic fragrances in your little ones nappy.

By swapping just one disposable nappy for a reusable every day, you could save a staggering 730 nappies from landfill – and that’s if you only use them for one baby!

You won’t just be saving plastic and waste from going to landfill by switching to reusables, you can also save money. The amount of cost savings depends on the type of nappies you buy and how often you wash them, but Go Real claims that parents can save at least £150! Think about how much money and waste you save if you use the reusables for a second child, or pass them on to a friend.

Some cities even have nappy libraries where you can trial different styles and schemes! (Be sure to contact them well in advance of your due date though as there can be quite a waiting list)

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For more info on reusable nappies check out:

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– The Guardian article: Nappies: Which are best – Disposables or Reusables?
– The Baby Centre on choosing reusable nappies
– Find a UK nappy library