Nappies and the environment
Both reusable and disposable nappies have some environmental impact stemming from the production, cleaning and disposal of the both nappy products.
- Many cloth nappies are made from cotton, which is a crop that uses large amounts of pesticides and water in its production. Two other choices are hemp and bamboo which are slowly becoming more popular choices.
- The soaking, rinsing and washing of cloth nappies uses water and energy in the heating of the water. This process also releases detergents into the environment.
You can educe the environmental impact of cloth nappies by:
- Choosing to use biodegradable, phosphate-free detergents
- Using a cold water cycle and then using solar power (on the washing line) to dry the nappies
- Only wash your nappies when you have a full load, thereby avoiding wasting water
- Choosing not to use a fabric softener
- Buying affront-loading washing machine which uses less water than a top-loader
- Considerably add to the world's landfill each year
- use chemicals in their manufacture and disposal
- can cause fecal pollution on disposal.
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot. Sources include Raising Children Network.
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