In the UK each baby uses on average 6000 nappies! That is 6000 nappies going to landfill per baby and about 8,000,000 to landfill EACH DAY!
Disposable nappies take hundreds of years to degrade and during this time they give off a harmful gas called methane, adding to the effect on climate change. They also contain chemicals which more and more babies are becoming sensitive to.
Reusable nappies are not only beneficial for the environment but also for our purses!
The average cost of a disposable nappy is approx. 10p each. Based on this it costs around £600 per baby to use disposables. I full set of reusable nappies costs between £150 - £300 that is a saving of between £450 - £300 per child and they can be used on subsequent children! A household that uses cloth nappies on 3 subsequent children will make a saving of £1650!
Benefits of using Real Nappies
Converting to cloth is easier than you may think and there are many benefits for both you and your baby, as well as for the environment too!
Evidence suggests that children who use cloth nappies become potty trained much quicker than those using disposables as they are more aware that they have been to the toilet.
Cloth nappies are made from natural materials, which help your child’s skin to breathe naturally as they do not contain any chemicals or gels.
Real nappies could save you up to £500 per child and this price will rise if the nappies are reused for subsequent children. An initial payment is required for the nappies at the start of use, but this is one-off and you won’t need to pay out for disposable nappies as part of the weekly shop. Although the one of cost for real nappies will be between £300-400; parents will end up spending four times this amount over a two and a half year period.
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For the environment:
It is predicted that a child will use between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies. These will unfortunately end up in landfill sites and as they decompose give out a harmful greenhouse gas called methane, which contributes to climate change.