The frightening statistics are that disposable nappies (diapers) are the third largest consumer item in landfills making up about 4% of all solid waste. Disposable nappies create huge headaches for local councils and the national government in Ireland and the U.K, with more than 1.5 million disposable nappies going into landfills every day in Ireland and 8 million in the U.K. The estimated decomposition time for a single nappy is 500+ years.
One child will need approximately 8,000 disposable nappies (diapers) by the age of three. This equates to approximately 1.5 tonnes of waste.
In ideal conditions, one nappy could take 500+ years to biodegrade. But there are no ideal conditions in landfills - no air or light to break down nappies. Even so-called 'biodegradable' disposable nappies take a long time to disappear. So if we follow the three principles of eco-friendliness - reducing, re-using and recycling, using cloth nappies is the logical choice.
Some 80,000 babies were born in Ireland last year and a further 703,000 in the U.K. Each nuababy nappy is 100% reusable. Your baby will use just 24 cloth nappies versus 8,000 disposable nappies from age 0 - 3 years. nuababy corn liners/wipes are 100% biodegradable.
nuababy nappies are a superior choice for your baby, for the planet and for family budgets. First-time users are often surprised at how easy it is to make the switch.
nuababy was established to provide a simple, modern, affordable alternative to disposable nappies, so now you can do your part to reduce your baby's carbon footprint.
Using nuababy nappies (diapers) means you:
- Use freely available sunshine, rather than chemical bleaching
- Reduce your household waste, transport costs for waste removal and landfill for dumping purposes
- Limit your use of raw materials and natural resources, such as trees and crude oil by using cloth nappies
- Reduce the energy used in continually manufacturing millions of single-use disposables with their plastic-type packaging and transport costs
Washing and reusing your baby's nappies makes economical and environmental sense.
Choose to be even more environmentally-friendly:
- Order them in your local community or combine orders with your friends to save transport costs for nappy (diaper) delivery.
- It makes economic and environmental sense to have a 2-3 day supply on hand - less washing, less wear on your nappies and less work for you, the parent.
- Use less detergent by experimenting with the amount really needed to wash cloth nappies fresh and clean.
- Use cold rinse cycles.
- Some people prefer to use a fast spin cycle to remove the maximum amount of water from the nappies. If you live in a temperate climate where drying conditions are good, a medium spin cycle followed by line drying causes less wear and tear on the nappies.
- Line drying and sunshine bleaching nappies save on household costs.