Disposable Nappies – How waste is managed

Episode: 9
Title: Disposable Nappies – How waste is managed
Broadcast: 31st October 2015
Presenter: Chris Ferreira

Here is an environmental riddle for you: what is soft, hugging and seen as indispensible to the modern family but is also one of the great scourges of our time that can foul water supplies, bulge our bins and render our recycling efforts a failure? You guessed it, the humble nappy!

  • A nappy, thrown into your yellow top bin can contaminate a beautiful bale of waste paper, making it a worthless take and it will take between 300 and 500 years to break down!
  • But if you remember that not that long ago, all of us grew up with cloth nappies and perhaps it is time to rediscover the arcane world of reusable nappies.
  • Oliver and his waste education guru and all-round supermum Taryn Davis has made the commitment to have a disposable-free baby. She has had a great experience ten months into the challenge.
  • She found that washing cloth nappies in cold water, using eco-friendly laundry detergents, skipping the fabric softener and drying them on the line has had a big positive impact on the environment over disposables.
  • There are also some cool companies that can provide a nappy cleaning service by looking online.
  • She has also found that they have saved a whole heap of money with cloth nappies, perhaps as much as $X per year!
  • By embracing the lost art of cloth nappies, you can save a whole heap of money, make a positive environmental impact and rediscover a great tradition.

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