Cloth Nappy Information
Why Choose Cloth Nappies?
Parents considering cloth nappies for their baby tend to be concerned about the following three key factors:-
• Money Saving
• Looking Stylish
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT
It is generally accepted that the environmental footprint of creating, using and disposing of nappies is less for using cloth nappies, with a nappy laundry service giving least environmental impact (Further information can be obtained from The Women’s Environmental Network, www.wen.org.uk).
Modern cloth nappies are now also made in organic cotton, hemp or bamboo viscose, which are grown without the use of pesticides, or more technical synthetics such as microfibre, which are very quick to dry so when tumble drying the impact is less than traditional cotton. However of far greater and more immediate concern is the growing
volume of waste this country produces and of greatest concern the volume of waste entering landfill sites, of which current estimates give between 2 and 4% of domestic waste as disposable nappies. We don’t know how long they take to decompose but estimates suggest hundreds of years. Many local councils are finding success with rebate schemes or hire schemes to encourage the use of washable nappies.
SAVING YOU MONEY
Using washable nappies rather than disposables will save you money, even taking into account the washing costs and wear and tear on your washing machine. The actual amount saved could range from a couple of hundred pounds up to about a thousand pounds, and will be even more for subsequent children where the same nappy system can be used again. Recent studies by the Women’s Environmental Network have shown typical savings of about £500.
LOOKING GOOD & EASY TO USE
Modern nappies are functional as well as fun. Most modern systems are available in colours or prints to match any outfit or occasion, enabling your baby to be ‘green’ yet fashionably clad – and still save money over the cost of disposable nappies. Modern fabrics that are easy to wash and quick to dry, combined with easy one piece styling make a modern washable nappy more appealing than traditional terry squares. As interest in washable nappies has grown so too has the band of talented mothers sewing and embroidering bespoke nappies for this market.
Another aspect is the concern of chemicals against your newborn baby’s skin.
Disposable nappies contain wood pulp and plastics plus various chemical components including perfumes, and, in most modern nappies sodium polyacrylate gel which can often be found outside of nappies as little crystals on baby’s skin – this is used to keep baby feeling dry. Unlike the majority of products used by or on babies, there is no current UK legislation as to exactly what is or is not permitted to use in a nappy, despite the fact that baby can be in close contact for almost 24 hours a day. Nor do the manufacturers have to declare the chemical composition.
We do not yet know what long term effects (if any) there are going to be from this exposure to chemicals for at least 2-3 years constant use at a time when the skin is very delicate.
I think I'd rather be wearing cotton pants than plastic pants loaded with chemicals.
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