Reducing Household Waste
What are modern cloth nappies? Modern cloth nappies (MCN) are not what you would expect; there are many varieties available to suit the different needs of different families. Often the only difference to a disposable is that they are washable.
Fabric technology has come a long way so the nappies can perform as well, if not better than a disposable nappy. Microfibre, cotton, bamboo and hemp, are just some of the fabrics used in their manufacture. There are many styles to suit different needs and often is a one piece system. There is no folding, soaking or pins and our modern washing machines and washing products do all of the work.
The use of disposable nappies does not encourage parents to practice responsible waste management. Most families will purchase around 6000 disposable nappies per child over the first 2.5 years; this is approximately 52 bags of rubbish per year per child. Considering it is only a small percentage of the population that is actually in nappies these figures are extremely high.
- A baby is changed around 6000 times in 2.5 years.
- There are 145,000 babies in NZ in nappies under 2.5 years.
- The average used disposable weighs in at 200g.
- Some council figures indicate disposables make up 5% - 45% of the domestic waste stream.
- Cloth Nappies do not require, folding, soaking or pins.
- Cloth nappies are 40% better for the environment than disposables.
- Cloth nappies provide a zero waste alternative to disposables.
- Disposable nappies should have any solids removed before disposing in the general waste.
- A family can save $4000 per child by using cloth nappies.
- Parents have control of the environmental impact of cloth nappies.
- If every baby had just one cloth nappy change per day, this would prevent 1,000,000 disposables from going to land fill every week in New Zealand.