Real Nappies: I didn’t but you should!

I have a big confession to make, which will completely obliterate all my hippy credentials. Never again will I be allowed to work for an environmental NGO, stand as a Green Party candidate, or feature in the list of Scotland’s Top 50 Green people.

I’ll whisper it…

I don’t use real nappies. I don’t even use disposable Nature nappies. It is Huggies and Pampers all the way in this house. I am a bad, bad person.

In the hope of restoring some kind of green karmic balance, and redeeming myself slightly, here is a wonderful post and podcast about real nappies and why you should use them. It was originally featured on the Greener Leith website, and was written and recorded by the marvellous Emily Dodd

Real nappies are funky, fun and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. With eight million disposable nappies going to landfill every day in the UK it’s worth finding out a bit more about an alternative that’s covered in zoo animals and is not going to splatter you with runny poo when your babies bottom explodes.

I visited a Changeworks Nappuccino (that’s a Real Nappy coffee morning) in Leith to find out more about using real nappies. I also had the chance to get some real questions answered like is it really better for the environment to use real nappies when you’re using a washing machine and is it just too much of a faff to try and wash them? Listen to our latest podcast to find out more (Click that link to take you to the Audioboo, or just click the play button to listen to it below.)

Research shows you save around £500 by using real nappies.  It’s also better for the environment and you can wash them in a washing machine at 60 degrees. To find out more visit the Changeworks Real Nappy Project or the Zero Waste Scotland website.

For the latest research on real nappies compared to disposable nappies download a PDF of Life Cycle Assessment of Disposable and Reusable Nappies in the UK (Environment Agency for England and Wales, DEFRA and WRAP report).

If you have iTunes installed on your computer you can subscribe to our audio as a podcast by clicking here.

Thanks to Zero Waste Podcast funders City of Edinburgh Council Waste Action GrantsVegware and ChangeworksThe Zero Waste Podcast theme tune was brought to by Waste Action Grant funded project, Trash Arts.

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