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Nappies on the radio

By emd - 23 March 2007 24

If you’re interested in reducing landfill, or want to know more about the environmental issues around cloth nappies, tune into 666 ABC AM at about 2:20pm.

They’ll be talking to Amanda, organiser of Reusable Nappy Week events in Canberra.

To find out more about RNW, read here:
www.modernclothnappies.org

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emd 8:46 pm 10 Apr 07

That’s a great link, and a very interesting comparison. Thanks seepi.

seepi 12:14 pm 07 Apr 07

OK – I have finally found a reference site that compares disposables and cloth nappies and is run by someone reputable – royal women’s hospital.

Lots of interesting info
http://www.rwh.org.au/wellwomens/whic.cfm?doc_id=7691

emd 7:59 pm 27 Mar 07

You can buy 70% biodegradeable nappies at Coles, or 100% biodegradeable nappies at the organic f&v shop in Farrer. However, if you put those nappies inside a non-biodegradeable plastic bag that ends up in landfill, they WILL NOT break down at all. Biodegradation requires air and bacteria to get into the waste. Add to that, a lot of people don’t buy biodegradeable disposables because they’re more expensive. And it still takes a fair bit of water and other non-renewable resources to produce those disposables and freight them to the supermarkets.

seepi 2:39 pm 27 Mar 07

I do one load of washing for nappies every four days. So not really a massive amount of water.

There are more biodegradable nappies available, but they are still a bit of a fringe thing – you cna’t get them in woolies etc. I actually think they will be the way of the future, but they’re not there yet.

Part of the 2 ton of waste maybe water, but if it is locked up inside chemicals, inside non decomposing nappies, then it is still contributing to landfill isn’t it?

In Melbourne there is a company that picks up and recycles bags of disposable nappies – maybe they just get the water out. We dont’ have that service in Canberra though.

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