Cloth Nappies

Parents, Local and National Policymakers

Courtesy: Nat F (Flickr)
Courtesy: Nat F (Flickr)

Incredibly, most babies need approximately between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies for their first two years. Although cloth nappies were the norm until the last few decades, most Irish parents currently opt for disposable nappies. However, disposable nappies make up approximately 4% of the waste currently being added to landfills in Ireland and they are estimated to take up to 500 years to decompose. Cloth nappies can offer a more sustainable alternative, and many parents are switching back to cloth in recent years for environmental and other reasons including:
– Comfort: Cloth nappies are made with soft breathable materials and no plastics, chemicals, or gels which can lessen the likelihood of nappy rash and other irritations.
– Cost: Cloth nappies can work out cheaper compared to standard throwaway nappies. They can be even reused on other children.
– Smells: Cloth nappies can smell less, wet or dirty.
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