I remember a friend telling me of a vision she had as she was bringing her new born son home from the hospital: masses and masses of mounds of nappies … nappies that are not biodegradable but just hang around for years and years. She told me that the guilt she felt was insurmountable before she had even committed the unforgivable act of using disposable nappies in place of the ‘towlies’ that all of our parents used.
I do my best for the environment: recycle, public transport, energy saving light bulbs, organic veg … blah blah blah … but I just can’t bring myself to use a ‘towly’. I have never changed a nappy in my entire twenty-seven years of existence and, with my baby girl due in three weeks time, I need the process to be as non-disgusting as possible otherwise I think I will freak out – seriously! Nappy changing is always gross – I have no doubt – but at least disposables can be thrown away whereas towlies have to be washed. And if the poop and pee leaks *gag* into a towly, it will absorb it and then *gag* have to be washed (rather than chucked), and I am certain that the harsh and thus non-enviro-friendly chemicals required to effectively clean the poop-absorbed-towly will make up for the non-biodegradable disposables that I intend on using.
Whilst I justify my decision to consciously assist in the destruction of our already fragile planet, let me reveal that it does not have to be this way. The Nature Babycare brand has created a range of eco-friendly disposable nappies as well as nappy bags, nursing pads, disposable bibs and the list continues. It’s all very exciting to have a means to save the environment from mass nappy mounds but is it an affordable option? Check out the table below, which provides a brief comparison in price between nappy brands:
The Nature Babycare brand seems to be the eco-friendly brand that is most easily available in frequented stores around town but there are also online sites that offer alternative enviro-friendly disposable nappy brands: