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Cloth nappies make a comeback

Below are some quotes and extracts from this article which was recently published in Australia.

The desire to be green has sparked a cloth nappy revolution with more parents turning back to reusable products in an effort to be eco-friendly.

The shift away from disposable nappies was evident at the Baby and Toddler Expo in Brisbane at the weekend, where modern cloth nappy stalls were brimming with mums and mums-to-be, proving that cloth is back in fashion.

Mum Karen Hughes said her one-year-old daughter Norah ended up in cloth nappies after dirty disposables crowded her wheelie-bin each week. “I never realised how much waste we were adding to landfill,” she said. “And you think, this is just one baby. We must be all living on a great big pile of disposable nappies.” Ms Hughes said while it was more washing each week, modern cloth nappies were worth it for the way they looked. “They come in cute designs these days; they feel nice too,” she said. “But our biggest motivation was to try to be kinder to the environment and produce less waste.”

The environmental effects of disposable versus reusable nappies have been debated furiously in recent years. A 2008 UK study found that which option was better for the environment depended on how parents laundered cloth nappies - with regular small washing loads and the use of tumble driers making reusable nappies potentially worse for the environment. However, if nappies were line dried and done in full washing loads, the study found they were better for the environment than the manufacturing and disposal of disposable nappies.

The modern cloth nappy is much trendier than its predecessors, with shops popping up online and on premier shopping strips ...

Founder Shell Fowler recently polled her customers and found their main reason for buying cloth came down to how the product looked. The second most common reason was to save the environment. "Parents using disposables know every nappy they throw out goes to landfill,” she said. “Scientists estimate one nappy takes 400 years to break down but really no one knows for sure because disposables have only been around 34 years so every disposable nappy ever made is still out there in landfill.” The third most common reason was to save money. Ms Fowler said disposable nappies could cost $3000 per child but for less than a third of that cost parents could buy enough cloth nappies for their child and re-use them on their second, or third child.

Dave Wood ... said most customers were buying cloth “to be eco”. It's the whole being green thing; people wanting to watch their carbon footprint. A lot of our customers say that is their biggest motivation in buying cloth,” he said. “Parents talk to each other and some see their friends' babies wearing cloth and come to us … cloth is coming back and it's spreading by word of mouth,” he said. ... many people were turned off cloth because of the idea of washing soiled nappies, but that was outweighed for many by the benefits of not putting babies in plastic. "It’s a lot more rare to get nappy rash in cloth,” he said. “We even get asked if we have eco wipes. [Parents] want to do [things] completely eco-friendly these days.”

This article was published by: Brisbane Times.com.au. To read the full article: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/cloth-nappies-make-a-comeback-20110905-1jst5.html#ixzz1X9cd44UB.