I am based in Benalla, Victoria, Australia. Since becoming a mother I was surprised to learn that not many other parents use reusable cloth nappies. After speaking to many parents in my local area I realised this was due in part to myths surrounding the use of cloth nappies. Some parents thought it would be too hard, too expensive or lead to too much extra washing - none of which is true.
My aim is to help educate other parents on how easy cloth nappies actually are to use and how effective they are; I am yet to have to deal with a ‘poosplosion’ and I have currently been using cloth nappies for almost 6 months. I am more than happy to answer any questions potential cloth nappy users may have and will post instructional videos and photos to help make things as clear as possible. There are so many benefits to using cloth nappies, such as helping the environment and saving money, more of which I have outlined below.
Benefits of Reusable Cloth Nappies
They have the potential for the least environmental impact.
- They are free of toxins and chemicals (like dioxin), meaning they can be much easier both on the baby and the environment
- They provide opportunity for waste to go into the sewer system, rather than into the garbage.
- They provide better absorption and a higher level of comfort for children.
- They are less expensive than disposables in the long term and therefore more cost-effective
Disposable nappies may seem highly convenient when babies are abound, but there is an uglier side to keeping our bubs clean: disposable nappies pose serious issues for the natural environment that will last well into the future.
Some Facts about Disposable Nappies:
According to figures released in 2009 by IbisWorld, Australians use around 5.6 million nappies per day.
One child will use about 6000 disposable nappies during their time in nappies.
This means that over 2 billion used nappies go into landfill sites in Australia each year
Over 95% of Aussie parents still use disposable nappies today, either all of the time or in conjunction with reusable nappies
Landfill Problems: Disposable nappies also place a huge strain on landfill sites in Australia resulting in around 450,000 tonnes of landfill waste every year and also contributes to notable amounts of carbon emissions.
Decomposition Problems: Once nappies end up in a landfill, they can take around 500 years to decompose.
Contamination Issues: The waste in disposable nappies goes straight into the bin. As a result, when the nappies are placed into landfill, certain bacteria and viruses are at risk of soaking in to our groundwater and causing subsequent contamination problems.
According to The Good Human, disposable nappies use 3 times more energy, 20 times more raw materials and 2 times more water than reusables during the manufacturing process.
Read more at: www.australianscience.com.au/environmental-science/disposable-nappies-are-they-stinking-up-our-planet/