The Environmental Benefits of Reusable Nappies

Concern about climate change is at an all-time high in the UK. Over 70% of Britons are worrying more about their carbon footprint and the environmental effects of their everyday choices, meaning sustainable alternatives are becoming increasingly popular. One such switch that’s been gaining momentum lately is using reusable nappies over disposables. Today, in collaboration with Bambino Mio, we’re highlighting the benefits of reusable nappies on the environment. If you’re thinking about trying them and want to know more, you may want to read our previous blogs:

How Bambino Mio Reusable Nappies Work & How to Get Started

How to Wash Reusable Nappies in 7 Easy Steps

Reusable nappies = less waste going to landfill

 

Every day, 250 million nappies are thrown away. Did you know a single disposable nappy can take up to 500 years to decompose? The build up of waste in landfill means it is so tightly compressed that no air can pass through to support its breakdown, and what does succeed in decomposing releases methane – a greenhouse gas that when released into the atmosphere, contributes to global warming.

 

The benefit of reusable nappies in this sense is clear in the name alone – you can reuse them time and time again, reducing your household waste by half and save the equivalent of 7 plastic bags being thrown away every day! Once they are no longer suitable as nappies, you can repurpose the fabric into cleaning cloths or similar, giving you even more use out of them.

 

Reusable nappies = reducing your carbon footprint

 

On average, a baby will have used 5,000 disposable nappies by the time they are potty trained, in comparison to just 16 reusable nappies. Making this switch reduces your carbon footprint by 40%, meaning they are 40% better for the environment!

Protecting our planet for our children and theirs is so important. Even 1 reusable nappy change a day will make a difference, so if you’re not quite ready to make the full switch, try just using them part-time to do your bit.

Waste is not the only issue with disposables – they also consume many more materials during production than their reusable fabric counterparts. See below for how many materials are used in Bambino Mio reusable nappies and the average disposable nappy during your baby’s nappy lifecycle:

 

16 x Bambino Mio miosolo all-in-one nappies = 2.08kg materials

4,000 x average disposable nappies = 144kg materials

= A difference of 141.92kg materials!

 

You will use over 98.6% less raw materials per child if you use reusable nappies

 

In the debate of reusables vs disposables, one argument that repeatedly surfaces is the energy used by the washing machine when you switch to cloth nappies. The Environment Agency conducted a lifecycle analysis to compare the environmental impacts of reusable and disposable nappies, which concluded that reusables are up to 40% better for the environment.

 

The study only assessed disposables up to the point of purchase, but assessed reusable nappies both for the manufacturing impacts and the post-purchased consumer use from birth to potty training – including washing the garments. The results showed that reusables are up to 40% better for the environment, even without considering the extra fuel burnt in refuse collection and transporting disposables and ultimately the disposal of them into landfill or incineration, releasing harmful greenhouse gases.

 

High quality, ethical manufacturing process and design

 

Production

 

Bambino Mio products are made in the UK, Europe and China. They carefully select their manufacturing partners to ensure the highest ethical, environmental and product standards.

 

As an advocate for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Bambino Mio takes their ethical production standards very seriously. They ensure their partners share and live by their brand values and code of conduct, which includes being Sedex® or amfori BSCI approved members, to guarantee the highest standard of working conditions and worker’s rights. Their partners are also regularly audited to prove their high ethical, environmental and product quality standards are maintained.

 

Bambino Mio products are vegan friendly and contain no animal bi-products. Bambino Mio does not test any products on animals.

 

Packaging

 

All Bambino Mio packaging is currently 100% recyclable, keeping in line with their reduce.reuse.repurpose pillars. They are currently working towards even more sustainable packaging options for the future.

 

Here at JoJo, we still have a long way to go to reach our sustainability target, however we have always done what we can to take care of our planet and preserve it for the next generation. To learn more about our sustainability goals and initiatives, click here.

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