It's greener to go real.
Did you know that 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, most of these go to landfill.
In Derbyshire it is estimated that around 12,000 tonnes of nappy waste is disposed of every year, costing us over £800,000 in disposal costs.
You could cut your household rubbish by up to half and help the environment by choosing real nappies.
Follow these top tips to make your real nappies greener:
- wash nappies at 40℃ or 60℃ - do not boil wash
- use A-rated appliances to reduce energy and water use
- don't use fabric conditioner as it reduces absorbency
- use eco-friendly washing powders
- try potty training early around 2 years of age
- use real nappies for more than one child
- buy second hand nappies where possible
- use organic (non-bleached) products
- don't iron nappies
Taking the real nappy option is all about using your right to make a choice between real nappies and single-use disposable nappies.
It reduces rubbish going to landfill and can save you money.
Of course, real nappies don't have to be an 'all or nothing' option. You may still prefer to use disposables when you are travelling or away from home.
Most people find that once they've made the change they want to continue to 'keep it real'.
Real easy to use
Forget safety pins!
Real nappies come in modern and funky styles that fasten easily with poppers, Velcro or nifty little plastic grips so that the nappy fits your baby snugly.
Use them with a liner inside to keep your baby dry. You can choose from biodegradable liners that can be flushed away or reusable liners that can be washed and used again.
To prevent leaks all real nappies have a breathable waterproof cover. This can either be built in or come separately depending on your nappy choice
No need to soak or pre-wash nappies, just wash at 40℃ to 60℃ with a non-biological detergent.
Using real nappies could save you a lot of money in the long run.
The total cost of using real nappies can be half that of using disposables.
By the time your baby is potty trained you could use between 4,000 to 6,000 disposable nappies.
You only need between 15 and 24 real nappies which can save you up to £1,000 depending on the type of nappy you choose.
Further savings can be achieved by using the same real nappies for a second or third child.