Why use reusable nappies?

Oct 4, 2019 Reusable alternatives

Reusable nappies are an instant win for those wishing to reduce waste, reduce plastics and reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.

Individuals who consider all aspects of reducing waste may feel they have more control over factors that do make reusable nappies a lower waste option in comparison to disposable nappies for example by line drying, using second hand, using for two or more children, washing full loads at no more than 60C and using bamboo & hemp fabric instead of cotton.

The impact of reusable nappies on global warming can be reduced by[1]:

  • Line drying outside whenever possible
  • Tumble drying as little as possible
  • Using energy efficient appliances whenever possible
  • Keeping washing temperatures, no higher than 60C
  • Washing fuller loads
  • Reusing nappies on other children
  • Repairing worn nappies and making inserts and boosters from fabric at home.
  • Using nappies from bamboo or hemp fabrics rather than cotton.

[1] The Environment Agency (2008). An Updated lifecycle assessment for disposable and reusable nappies. EA, Defra and Wrap. Environment Agency.

By Hannah