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More Parents Are Using Nappies Made From Cloth

More Parents Are Using Nappies Made From Cloth

Nappies made from cloth aren't really a new thing, as your parents and grandparents probably ran around in them.

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Now they're rising in popularity again and have come a long way from a big square secured with safety pins.

Cloth nappies are basically made of cotton, bamboo or even hemp and are secured with velcro.

They're reusable so once your change your little to, you pop the nappy in the washing machine. Easy peasy.

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

Sustainability, plastic waste and recycling has also made an impact on the nappy industry.

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Cloth versions also save parents money, as you would only need enough nappies to keep you going for a washing rotation. This also means no more dashes to the supermarket when you're all out.

Director of UK online provider The Nappy Lady, Wendy Richards told The Guardian: "There is increased awareness of the impact of disposable nappies - they are a single-use plastic. It started with coffee cups, then disposable wipes, and the jump from wipes to nappies is clear."

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

A standard disposable nappy is made up of about 25 per cent of plastic, and a shocking three billion nappies a year end up in landfill.

To help parents get started some councils in Britain even give new parents vouchers worth up to £55 to help pay for a set of reusable nappies.

Alice Walker, of campaign and information group Real Nappies for London, said: "We weren't having this conversation [about plastic waste] before.

"Now parents are more aware of their choices and word of mouth is spreading the message."

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

Topics: Babies, Parents, Parenting, Real Life, Health

Niamh Spence

Niamh Spence is a freelance writer, covering lifestyle topics. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in Journalism in 2012 and has switched between PR and journalism ever since. Usually found with coffee and on twitter.

 

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