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Cloth Nappies and other changes your family can make to reduce waste!

Cloth Nappies and other changes your family can make to reduce waste!

In today's world, sustainability is one of the biggest issues we face. It's important to consider the environmental impact of our daily habits and make changes where possible to reduce waste. Families, in particular, have a significant role to play in reducing waste since they are responsible for a significant portion of the waste generated. In this blog post, we will explore some lifestyle changes families can make to decrease waste, including the use of cloth nappies and cloth wipes.

  1. Say No to Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, straws, and water bottles, have a significant impact on the environment. These items take hundreds of years to decompose and often end up in landfills or oceans, where they can harm wildlife and contribute to pollution. Families can reduce their use of single-use plastics by carrying reusable bags and water bottles, using cloth napkins instead of paper, and choosing products with less packaging.

  1. Reduce Food Waste

Food waste is another significant contributor to household waste. Families can reduce food waste by planning meals, buying only what they need, storing food correctly, and using leftovers. Composting is also an effective way to reduce food waste, as it turns food scraps into nutrient-rich soil for plants. Don't forget that you can also compost your old cloth nappy inserts once you have finished with them. 

  1. Choose Sustainable Products

When shopping for household items, it's important to choose sustainable products that are made from renewable materials and are recyclable or biodegradable. For example, families can opt for bamboo or metal straws instead of plastic, and choose reusable containers for food storage instead of plastic wrap or bags.

  1. Use Cloth Nappies and Cloth Wipes

One of the most significant contributors to household waste is disposable nappies. According to recycling charity WRAP, an estimated three billion nappies are thrown away every year in the UK, accounting for 2-3% of all household waste.  In addition to the environmental impact, disposable nappies can also be expensive, with families spending up to £1,000+ per child on nappies.

Cloth nappies and cloth wipes are a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to disposable nappies. Cloth nappies are made from absorbent fabrics like cotton, bamboo, or hemp and come in a range of styles and sizes. They are designed to be washed and reused, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. Cloth wipes are also an excellent alternative to disposable wipes and can be used for cleaning up spills, wiping hands and faces, and even as toilet paper.

  1. Take part in recycling, reusing, repurposing and handing down

Many products can be recycled when you are finished with them. This extends further than the milk carton. Reusing jars to store items in your kitchen, handing clothes that no longer fit on to other families or repurposing furniture or textiles can reduce the amount of household waste your family produces. When considering cloth nappies, think about handing them to another family when you are finished with them. 

  1. Reduce your use of electricity and water

Be conscious of turning off lights, using the dishwasher less and only when full and choosing household appliances that are low energy users. This will save your family large amounts of money as well as the environment. When it comes to cloth nappies, avoid the dryer. You may need to finish inserts off in it sometimes but also popping a clothes horse near the heater, or outside when the wind is dry, even if cold, can help avoid unnecessary energy use. 

  1. Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Cleaning products are another household item that can contribute to waste and harm the environment. Families can reduce their impact by choosing eco-friendly cleaning products that are made from natural and biodegradable ingredients. 

When thinking environmental, you can often also save yourself money which means everyone wins. Cloth nappies may not be for everyone, and there is plenty of things each family can do to take a more sustainable and eco conscious approach to living. 

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