Waste Free Parenting
Getting to the bottom of the nappy problem
Have you considered the environmental impact of disposable nappies? A baby may use up to 6,000 nappies This results in about 1.9% of domestic waste being made up of disposable nappies, which will take a very long time to degrade in a landfill and give off climate-warming methane gas as they decay.
“Disposable Nappies: Are They Stinking Up Our Planet?”, an article in Australian Science, gives numbers on disposable nappy use, lists key environmental issues and discusses alternatives such as cloth nappies, biodegradable disposable nappies, hybrid nappies, and alternatives for sanitary waste processing.
The pros and cons of the reusable vs disposable debate are summed up in an easy-to-read 2011 article by Sarah Langi.
The Nappy Lady
'The Nappy Lady', Kate Meads, travels around New Zealand working with councils and other groups to promote and educate people on the use of modern cloth nappies.