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Nappies shouldn't cost the earth!  Amazing advances in real nappy technology mean modern mums and dads don’t have to go back to washing terry nappies, safety pins and folding.

Washable nappies are making a comeback! Although 85% of parents still choose disposable nappies for their babies, an increasing number of parents, nurseries and hospitals are making the switch to washables.

Did you know that every baby requires 4,500 nappy changes in 30 months and that each disposable nappy takes 200 to 400 years to biodegrade.
A real nappy is one that is washable and is used over and over again. Probably the most common reason why parents choose to use cloth nappies is the enormous difference it can make to the environment.

Recent studies have shown that disposable nappies consume:

  • 3.5 times more energy
  • 8.3 times more non-renewable materials
  • 90 times more renewable materials
  • 4 to 30 times more land

They produce:

  • 2.3 times more wastewater
  • 60 times more domestic solid waste

Also disposables nappies contain paper pulp, plastics, absorbent gel granules, and chemical additives, the production of which has a negative impact on our environment.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 10/11/10