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Why Real Nappies? - Environment

Real nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than disposables.  This was the finding from the 2008 update to the Environment Agency’s Life Cycle Analysis Report on nappies.  Unlike disposables, Real Nappies put parents in control of the impact they have on the environment, with the carbon savings directly related to how you choose to wash your Real Nappies.  

What is a ‘Life Cycle Analysis’?

A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a study which shows the impact of something across its entire life – from the production of the raw materials to the disposal of the finished item.  The Environment Agency first commissioned a LCA for nappies in 2004 and the report was published in 2005 to much criticism as it made very broad and sometimes incorrect assumptions about Real Nappy use. 

The updated study was published in 2008 and showed that, used responsibly; Real Nappies can be 40% better for the environment than disposable nappies.  Follow our simple guidelines to help cut your carbon footprint

You can view the study here

Reduce, reuse, recycle...

Using Real Nappies is an action that can be placed at the very top of the waste hierarchy as it helps you reduce the waste that you are creating in the first place and also means that you are reusing an item again and again.  Consequently Real Nappies have next to no impact on landfill sites as opposed to the 3 billion disposable nappies that are thrown away each and every year in the UK, 90% of these are landfilled.  A baby in disposables will need nearly 2000 nappy changes for every year he or she is in nappies, that’s 4- 5,000 disposable nappies in a landfill site, or 24 Real Nappies hanging on your washing line!

Useful Links

Washing Guidelines
Eco Nappy Actions
Nappy Recycling


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