Excerpt of Independent review…..
10 best reusable and eco-friendly nappies that help your bit for the planet
Traditional single use plastic nappies can take hundreds of years to fully break down and compose
The thing with nappies is that parents can easily get through a dozen of them each day, yet once flung in the bin the stink they create is far from over. “Around 3 billion nappies are thrown away every year in the UK and that plastic is going to take around 500 years to break down,” explains Diana Szpotowicz, founder of The Weekly Shop, an online plastic-free store.
So what’s the alternative? In an ideal world, we’d all use reusable nappies and the good news is that advancements in washing machine technology make this easier than ever before.
“Even switching to one to two reusable nappies a day makes a difference,” explains Szpotowicz. If you’re not able to go reusable full time, it could be worth also looking into eco-friendly disposables.
The eco-friendly disposables we’ve featured have undergone testing to show their nappies can start decomposing much quicker than regular disposables (for example, with parts decomposing significantly in under 10 years, compared to the hundreds of years a regular one might). However, it is worth noting that some experts believe that this isn’t always replicated in landfill conditions, which are extremely crowded and lack oxygen.
Despite this, unlike traditional nappies, eco-friendly ones are made with sustainable principles in mind – such as the way they source their materials, avoidance of certain chemicals (such as chlorine) and their commitment to helping the environment.
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Mama Bamboo biodegradable nappies
If you’re looking to combine reusables with disposables, Mama Bamboo offers a biodegradable bamboo nappy. Unlike regular nappies, Mama Bamboo claims these decompose much quicker (with at least 60 per cent of the nappy being decomposed in less than three months) and are made from sustainably sourced wood pulp and bamboo. The result is an incredibly soft nappy that felt silky smooth as we wrapped it around our little one! Not only is the bamboo extra comfortable but it was also the most absorbent of the eco-friendly disposables that we tried.
The verdict: Reusable and eco-friendly nappies
While reusables are more eco-friendly, Mama Bamboo’s sustainably made disposables are the best alternative to traditional nappies.
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