Going potty over call for eco-nappies

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Going potty over call for eco-nappies

Post by Stacey » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:06 pm

The Press/Stuff.co.nz
18 April 2006

Going potty over call for eco-nappies

Kiwi mums and dads will soon be able swap their cappuccinos for nappuccinos.

But do not panic. A nappuccino is not a new must-have drink. It is where parents of nappy-wearing children can learn about the pros and cons of reusable nappies.

It is estimated that 575 million disposable nappies make their way to New Zealand landfills each year.

The chemicals and gases used to make disposables fluffy, white and absorbent can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. It is estimated that each child goes through 6000 nappies in the time it takes to master the potty.

Real Nappy Week will kick off in New Zealand next Monday. It aims to promote eco-nappies, the catch-all name for environmentally friendly nappies made from natural products such as cloth, hemp and bamboo.

Real Nappy Network spokeswoman and mother-of-four Karen Prisco said she turned into an advocate for eco-nappies after becoming disgruntled with disposables.

"One of those wouldn't last a night. There were leaks, and the disposable company could only tell me to put another nappy over the first one," she said.

"That was just a way for them to make more money. I wasn't happy. Now, having my fourth baby, it was just a more economical choice, and the savings were huge."

Prisco said advances in nappy fabrics had left the way clear for a huge variety of eco-products.

"There are so many things out there it's overwhelming. There are no pins, unless you want them. Otherwise, it's velcro and snaps," she said.

"They're shaped and fitted, in bamboo and hemp, and everything from funky prints to functional."

Balcairn, North Canterbury, mum Sally McAlister uses a combination of disposable and cloth nappies on her two-year-old daughter, Charlotte Donald.

Charlotte had already shown a preference for disposables.

"There is an argument for cloth naps – they work out cheaper and they're more natural – but there's all the washing and they are more bulky on the children," said McAlister.

Green Party spokeswoman Natalie Cutler-Welsh said: "There's just every reason to use them. They are a natural product.

"A lot of families don't think about all the other chemicals that are used on the baby's skin during that time, too – from the wipes and gels to all the chemicals in the disposable nappy.

"Then there are all the truck trips driving out to the landfill, and wear and tear on the roads. It's triple handling."


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