Disposable Nappies, Disposable Future.

Jul 3, 2010 by

The impact of disposable nappies on our environment:

  • It takes one full cup of crude oil to make the plastic for each “disposable” nappy.
  • 1.3 million trees a year are felled for just New Zealands babies in disposable nappies.
  • Disposable nappies use 3.5 times more energy, 8 times more non-renewable raw materials and 90 times more renewable materials than reusable nappies.
  • It takes as much energy to produce one disposable nappy as it does to wash a cloth nappy 200 times.
  • One baby in disposables will produce 2 tonnes of solid waste
  • Disposable nappies take up to 500 years to decompose in landfill sites and can harbour up to 100 different types of virus, including live polio virus from vaccines.

disposables and the health of your baby:

  • Chemicals and gels contained in the absorbent layer of “disposables” aren’t subject to government controls or independent testing, and there is no labeling requirement on the packaging.
  • There have been NO long-term studies into the effects on skin of constant exposure to the polyacralyte super absorbent gels found in most disposable nappies (gels that were deemed unsafe and removed from tampons in 1985).

Ref: Spokesperson: Green Party Waste-Free Spokesperson – http://www.greens.org.nz/node/17403

Naturalwise recommends:

Use reusable nappies like Stegi nappies which are made from cotton (a natural fibre) instead of synthetic disposable nappies.

Click here to check out our eco-friendly cotton nappies, training pants and swim nappies.

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