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Cloth IS better for the planet! New study!

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Flamesparrow Sat 18-Oct-08 12:23:48

Washable Nappies Are Best for the Environment

Real nappies are up to 40% better for the environment than disposables; a new report from the government has stated today.

The key finding of the report shows that the environmental benefits are achieved by following simple washing guidelines like:
• avoiding tumble drying nappies, • using A-rated appliances and • washing in full loads at no more than 60 degrees

These are all measures recommended by nappy manufacturers and commonly used by parents .

The report highlights that unlike disposables, washable nappies put parents in control of the impact they have on the environment.

Parents using real nappies will also be financially better off. It has long been known that real nappies save parents hundreds of pounds and now this advice on washing methods, which are supported and promoted by the Real Nappy Campaign, will help reduce fuel bills too.

The savings in costs and for the environment are even better when real nappies are used on a second child as many families do.

Laura Smith, mum to 8 month old Conner said: “We already wash all the family laundry at lower temperatures and don’t use a tumble drier. With increasing energy bills I think more people are opting for energy efficient washing options and we’re delighted that this report backs up our decision to use washable nappies.”

An additional concern caused by disposable nappy use, is the pressure on UK landfill sites from the disposal of 690,000 tonnes of nappy waste each year; most of which are landfilled. This issue is not covered by the newly published report yet is still a major concern for consumers and only confirms the environmental benefits of using washable nappies.

Jon Rolls of the Real Nappy Campaign stated: “The findings of this report will confirm what many real nappy users already felt to be true; they will also alleviate the confusion caused by the earlier Environment Agency report. The clear message to parents is that by using washable nappies sensibly they are opting for the most environmentally friendly nappy option, and saving themselves money. Washable nappies in all shapes, sizes and designs are readily available through independent, online and high street retailers”

Jon Rolls added: The Real Nappy Campaign clearly has an important ongoing role in continuing the promotion of washable nappies, as well as providing information on how to ensure their environmental impact is minimised. We recognise that real nappy users occasionally find it convenient to use disposable nappies too and we are pleased to see that disposable manufacturers recognise the need to improve the environmental impact of their products.

Given the outcome of this report we look forward to constructive dialogue with the disposable industry about how we can help to further reduce the impact of disposables.

hotbot Sat 18-Oct-08 12:30:28

my god.. something the govt has got right, but something we all knew alrady and they really are no trouble to sort or use <smug>

kazbeth Sat 18-Oct-08 12:59:45

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lollipopmothershalloweenghost Sat 18-Oct-08 13:08:30

It made my local news a couple of days ago.

BigBadMouseInHauntedHouse Sat 18-Oct-08 20:15:35

OOOOooooo I know 'Laura Smith, mum to 8mo Conner' grin.

Let's hope this gets the same amount of press the last report got.

morocco Sun 19-Oct-08 15:00:07

read this in tiny print in paper yesterday

somehow don't think it is getting the same publicity sad
not even mn mustering many comments

Indith Sun 19-Oct-08 15:04:56

Yay! <<ignores fact ds is sposies at moment due to ongoing blister on penis problems>>

Unfortunately the Sunday Times today has a piece on how the Government is supposedly hushing up a report that finds that cloth is worse for the environment. I assume they are on about that stupid washing at 90C and ironing your nappies one. Made me angry

BigBadMouseInHauntedHouse Sun 19-Oct-08 19:56:37

Very angry at Sunday Times - I do believe they are talking about the old report supposedly being 'hushed'. You'd expect better from them surely hmm

I did a search on the BBC news website yesterday and could only find the 2005 report listed - hmm

Personally I don't care what nappies people use - it's a personal choice - but what really pees me off is when people aren't given the unbiased facts on which to base their decision ARGHHHHHH

mybabywakesupsinging Sun 19-Oct-08 23:40:53

We are on ds2 and don't own a tumbledryer - must be especially eco-friendly...especially as the thought of ironing a nappy makes me laugh loudly...grin
I was irritated by the Times piece a bit ago about cloth which recommended ones costing £14 or so each without even mentioning that there were more economical alternatives.

missmama Sun 19-Oct-08 23:51:35

A small part of this was in the Sun newspaper Saturday. So the information is getting out there girls.

BlueChampagne Mon 20-Oct-08 13:32:30

Is it true that cloth-nappied babies tend to potty-train sooner? DS only 14 months so haven't got to this stage yet. But if so, another massive environmental benefit grin.

BigBadMouseInHauntedHouse Mon 20-Oct-08 13:38:27

Not in my experience Bluechampagne sad

I put a new thread on here with a link to the full report.

Only just skimmed through it so far but an interesting finding (I though) is that the environmental effects of manufacturing diposables is found to be worse than disposing of them in landfill etc.

TheBlonde Mon 20-Oct-08 13:38:31


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