Friday, January 20, 2006

Why washable nappies are better...

Because they are lovely
New designs are easy to use, easy to launder, look and feel great. They come in a huge variety of shapes and styles, patterns and colours, so that anyone can find a range to suit their personal style, lifestyle and budget.

Because they are better for the environment
• Women Environmental Network rejects the conclusion of the recent Environment Agency report that there is no significant difference between the overall environmental impact of disposables and cloth nappies, whether washed at home or in a laundry.
• Flawed as it is, findings in the report show parents can use real nappies and save waste without causing more global warming than disposables. Britain throws away nearly three billion nappies a year, that’s nearly eight million a day so many parents are concerned to avoid contributing to this waste mountain.
• Using a sensible washing routine - 24 nappies washed at 60oC in an energy efficient (A rated) washing machine – real nappies contribute 24% less to global warming than the report suggests – and don’t add to the waste mountain.

Because they could save you money
Washing nappies at home could save parents around £500 on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies, even taking all the laundry costs of energy and detergent into account.

Because they are more natural
While disposable nappies are made of paper pulp, plastics and superabsorbent chemicals, real nappies are mostly made of natural fabrics giving parents the opportunity to choose a more natural product for their baby. For the best option organic cotton and hemp nappies and woollen overpants are available at reasonable cost.

Because they are convenient
• Modern nappies are not what they used to be. They have advanced considerably over recent years with a whole new range of self-fastening, easy to use designs. They come in a variety of styles and patterns and can be a fun element of a baby’s wardrobe.
• Nappy washing services provide the ultimate in convenience and do all the work for you, collecting dirty nappies to be laundered to NHS clinical standards and leaving a fresh supply of nappies in their place.

Because they put you in control
• You can reduce your environmental impact even further by using an eco-friendly detergent, line-drying rather than tumble drying, avoiding fabric softeners or chemical soaking agents, and by choosing organic and natural fabrics.
• The only way to reduce the environmental impact of disposables is to use fewer of them - and that’s not a good idea.


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