Reusable Nappies Are Better for the Environment: Here Are the Facts

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With 85% of Britons now worried about global warming and its effects, many are turning to more sustainable options when it comes to lifestyle choices. This includes reusable nappies! JoJo has recently partnered with TotsBots and now have a range of their cloth nappies available to buy online and in selected UK stores. Today, we’re sharing some facts about how reusable nappies are better for the environment than their disposable counterparts. If you want to know more about cloth nappies, you may want to read our previous blogs:

How Reusable Nappies Work & Why You Should Try Them

How to Wash Reusable Nappies *Spoiler Alert* It’s Easy!

Did you know that disposable nappies take 500 years to decompose in landfill?

Many of us are not aware that once waste reaches landfill, very little of it is actually able to break down and decompose. The waste is so tightly compressed that no air can get through to support the breakdown, and what does succeed in decomposing releases methane, a greenhouse gas that when released into the atmosphere, contributes to global warming.

By the time they are potty trained, your baby could have used between 4,000 – 6,000 disposable nappies. Just think of all the waste you’ll be saving if you make the switch to reusable nappies.

Using cloth nappies halves your weekly rubbish, reduces your carbon footprint by 40% and protects the world your baby will inherit. Even 1 cloth nappy change a day will make a difference!

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

20 x TotsBots EasyFit reusable nappies = 2.7kg materials

4,000 x average disposable nappies = 150kg materials

You will use over 98% less raw materials per child if you use cloth 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. According to TotsBots, 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.


Totsbots nappies are particularly better for the environment, thanks to their manufacturing process and design. 

The fabrics they use are 100% Oeko-tex certified; meaning that every part of the product – every thread, popper and other parts, has been tested and verified as free from any harmful chemicals that could cause irritation.

They have also recently become the first reusable nappy company in the world to use waterproof fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester yarn which is made from re-purposed plastic bottles that would otherwise have been destined for landfill. Here are a few other ways that TotsBots do good for the environment:

Production: Their materials are sourced as locally as possible and their fabrics are also manufactured in the UK. This makes it easier to transport goods by surface – using less fuel and carbon emissions than planes or ships.

Packaging: Wherever possible, TotsBots have ensured their packaging is reusable. Their multi-packs come in handy zip-closing PVC bags which are great for storing crayons and other little accessories you may have lying around the house. Their single nappies are packed in oxo-biodegradable packaging and they reuse boxes for shipping where possible, and recycle those they can’t.

Waste: Any nappies that the company can spare are donated to Forever Angels and Watoto Kicheko, a baby home and orphanage in Tanzania, so nothing goes to waste.


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 ethical codes and initiatives, click here.


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