Your guide to washable versus disposable nappies.
Each year there are around 3,300 births recorded in Dorset and, at an estimated 2,200 nappies per baby per year, this means there are about seven million used disposable nappies entering the Dorset household waste stream every year.
The cost of nappy disposal to landfill in 2012 is expected to be around £500,000.
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Did you know that
Eight to nine million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK alone
50% of all the rubbish in a one-baby family is made up of disposable nappies
To keep one baby in disposable nappies for 30 months, four and a half trees need to be destroyed
Over five million trees are felled every year to supply Britain with its nappies
Every disposable nappy which has ever been used is still in the landfill site it went in as the chemical parts can take up to 500 years to decompose
Using real (reusable) nappies is cheaper. One pack of disposable nappies per week for up to two and a half years can cost over £1,000 per child. Alternatively, using washable ones can make you a saving of over £600 and they can be reused for subsequent children. Many companies recognise that the initial outlay for the nappies is expensive and allow you to pay for the nappies in instalments.
It has been estimated one baby produces 5,000 to 6,000 disposables in the few years it requires nappies. In comparison, a baby only needs 20 to 40 modern washable nappies. The choice is yours - 6,000 disposable nappies or 40 reusable ones.
For up-to-date and extensive information about different types of nappies and how to use them, visit the Go Real (opens in a new window) website.
Please visit the cotton nappy service website (opens in a new window) to complete a survey regarding an additional real nappy laundry service covering Dorset.
Real nappy forums and second hand nappies
We regret that you are unable to use the incentive scheme to purchase secondhand nappies, unless you can provide an actual receipt.
Forums are a useful way to get valuable tips and advice from other parents about choosing and real nappies.
It is possible to buy secondhand nappies from several exchange and auction sites.
Real nappy incentive scheme
We are offering parents the opportunity to receive £30 off the cost of real nappies.
Further information and suppliers of reusable nappies
The following organisations and companies in and around Dorset give information about real nappies. Most stock them. Some provide a nappy laundering service.