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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.

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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

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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