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Approximately 8 million nappies are thrown away into landfill daily in the UK....what's the alternative...Discuss

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As parents do we feel guilty for leaving this legacy for those who wore them when they grow up: "It could possibly take hundreds of years for the plastic in disposable nappies to decompose and it is p… Read More
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
As parents do we feel guilty for leaving this legacy for those who wore them when they grow up: "It could possibly take hundreds of years for the plastic in disposable nappies to decompose and it is presumed that parts of every disposable nappy ever put into landfill are still there."

Then the Govt has shelved the 'real nappy campaign' as it was proved to be as wasteful to wash re-usables: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-465727/The-great-real-nappy-myth--just-bad-environment-disposables-admits-Minister.html

What's the solution ???
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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#2
Hovver the babies over the compost bin :thumbsup:
#3
leaves.
banned#4
i think its definately time to get my 2nd hand nappie buisness idea rolling, whos with me?
#5
There's always terry nappies
#6
you can buy greener nappies but they cost more.
The fabric pre shaped ones are a good alternative in my oppinion.
#7
You can get something like this which you use with these

It's a lot cheaper to do it that way
#8
Try this web site
#9
Incinerate them. If anyone has a recycle bin for plastic bottles, this is what happens to them. Why not incinerate nappies?
Bagsy the nappy incinerator is not next door to me mind.
#10
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk139/bjmcghee/Champagne_cork.jpg
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ok the last major piece of reserch published was flawed it considered the norm for re usable napy users to use terries, wash at 90, use fabric softner, tumble dry and iron the nappies. they also assumed that most people wet pail nappies. Also only a very small number of Real nappy users were questioned (I think it was around 90 )

most of the time nappies are washed at 40 occationally 60, fabric softner is NOT used as it makes the nappies less absorbant, I only finnished mine off in the dryer but this may depend on the type of nappy you choose some take forever to line dry, and I've NEVER heard of anyone ironing nappies.

the shapped nappes such as tots,minki motherease etc all have elastic in them as well as that some have PUL backing (the waterproof bit!) you wash that higher than 60 and you may as well just leave a baby naked cos its only gonna destry it and leak.

The problem with ironing nappes (again I'm just thinking of terries and prefolds here) is that your compressing the fibers again reducing absorbancy. You could iron them but I don't know many that would so its not really faor for that to have been taken into consideration in the study.

most nappy users use viniger as a softner insted of condioner by the way

We used them on AM successfully and wouldn't hesitate to use 'em again.

Some advice -
Don't buy a birth to potty pack untill you know that the nappies suit your child.

Decide if you want to a shapped nappy and then decide if you want to use a seperate wrap or use an all in one.

You don't have to use plastic pants anymore lol

if you need anything or have any questions no matter how trivial PM me I was a real nappy rep and I'm happy to give any advice I can.
#12
jennybubbles that's a lot of good info

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#13
RedIron
jennybubbles that's a lot of good info

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Yup - cracking post jennybubbles :)
#14
I think it's quite a grounding thought to consider that the nappies I wore as a baby still exist somewhere on the planet, and will do for a long time after I have departed.

As for the solution, I don't know. Laminate flooring?
#15
dont have so many babies
#16
My son has his own genius solution. Every now and again I get up to find he's taken his nappy off and pooed all over his bed sheets, so he's obviously all for the 'au naturel' alternative. :-(
banned#17
backtothecaves;2637577
Incinerate them. If anyone has a recycle bin for plastic bottles, this is what happens to them. Why not incinerate nappies?
Bagsy the nappy incinerator is not next door to me mind.

Cannot believe that plastic bottles put in the recycling bin get incinerated. Can you backup your statement with hard facts?
#18
csiman
Cannot believe that plastic bottles put in the recycling bin get incinerated. Can you backup your statement with hard facts?


According to a 2001 Environment Agency report, 80% of post-consumer plastic waste is sent to landfill, 8% is incinerated and only 7% is recycled.
More here:
http://www.wasteonline.org.uk/resources/InformationSheets/Plastics.htm

I must admit, it's not as bad as I'd thought, and that has probably improved recently with a lot of councils doing special bins for recycling.
#19
backtothecaves
According to a 2001 Environment Agency report, 80% of post-consumer plastic waste is sent to landfill, 8% is incinerated and only 7% is recycled.
More here:
http://www.wasteonline.org.uk/resources/InformationSheets/Plastics.htm

I must admit, it's not as bad as I'd thought, and that has probably improved recently with a lot of councils doing special bins for recycling.


Haven't gone looking but it'd be interesting to see current figures given the raised profile of recycling/green issues in general over the last 7 years......
banned#20
backtothecaves;2639574
According to a 2001 Environment Agency report, 80% of post-consumer plastic waste is sent to landfill, 8% is incinerated and only 7% is recycled.
More here:
http://www.wasteonline.org.uk/resources/InformationSheets/Plastics.htm

I must admit, it's not as bad as I'd thought, and that has probably improved recently with a lot of councils doing special bins for recycling.

Not quite what you initially said then :whistling:

You said bottles for recycling are incinerated which is plainly incorrect. Cheers for the percentages.

I dont know why I bother recycling. Spotted the landlord of my local pub putting all his glass bottles sold over the bar into a normal dustbin. I asked him why they weren't being recycled and he said the council charges him to recycle them so he chucks them in the normal rubbish (about 200 per day he told me :w00t:!)
#21
csiman
Not quite what you initially said then :whistling:

You said bottles for recycling are incinerated which is plainly incorrect. Cheers for the percentages.

I dont know why I bother recycling. Spotted the landlord of my local pub putting all his glass bottles sold over the bar into a normal dustbin. I asked him why they weren't being recycled and he said the council charges him to recycle them so he chucks them in the normal rubbish (about 200 per day he told me :w00t:!)


I have to admit, there isn't the evidence online to back this up nationwide, although I am reliably informed that this is what my local council do.
However, I am sceptical of what actually happens. The process of recycling plastic bottles for regrind is expensive, and very few newly blown bottles actually use regrind in processing, simply because the clarity of the bottle is not as good as when using virgin material.
Incineration, however, is fairly cheap and it is used to heat up buildings and can even be used to generate electricity which is then sold on to elec providers. This is also classed as recycling, because you are using the materials rather than landfilling them.
Some claim that landfill is better than incineration as you lock in the carbon, rather than releasing it from the plastic as harmful emissions of greenhouse gases.
#22
Use kitty litter :thumbsup:
#23
The Answer is......

Sphagnum Moss

(Honest!.... look it up!)
banned#24
Daytrader
dont have so many babies


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