Friday, July 18, 2008

UK - Real nappies in the news

Channel 5 news story on real nappies

The number of parents using re-usable nappies is on the rise as mums and dads are becoming more environmentally aware.

The number has risen by 6% in the last 5 years which means that more babies are now wear re-usable nappies than at any time since the 1970s.

The impact on landfill sites is cited as the single biggest problem with single-use throwaway nappies.

Each baby is estimated to go through 4,500 before being trusted to give his or her parents sufficient warning to get to a loo in time.

Each year close to three billion disposable nappies are thrown away, accounting for 670,000 to 750,000 tonnes of waste.

Disposable nappies make up about 4 % of household waste and they may take up to 500 years to degrade.

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