Despite their modern popularity, disposable nappies pose significant environmental problems. Australia uses a staggering 5.6 million nappies every day! This means that over 2 billion used nappies go into landfill sites in Australia every year. On top of this, it is estimated that disposable nappies can take around 500 years to decompose, contributing to huge amounts of carbon emissions.
Disposable nappies use 3 times more energy, 20 times more raw materials and 2 times more water than reusable nappies during the manufacturing process. The carbon footprint of modern cloth nappies is significantly smaller when compared to disposable nappies. By choosing to use cloth nappies you're giving a lot of love back to the planet.
Usually a human’s waste is treated and sanitised before being recycled or put back into our environment. The waste in disposable nappies on the other hand goes straight into landfill, and as a result causes subsequent contamination problems. Each baby in disposable nappies sends 700kg of waste to landfill every year, where it sits, leaching toxic chemicals, for an estimated 500 years! Using modern cloth nappies is a small change that can make a big difference.