The negative impact of single-use plastics is currently a hot topic, as plans to eliminate the use of such products are currently being discussed in great depth, both within the governments world-wide and across the media.
In the UK the Nappy Alliance has welcomed government support for reducing the environmental footprint of disposable nappies and has called for a clear and timely approach to promote take up of reusable nappies.
The Nappy Alliance brings together reusable manufacturers and distributors to represent the industry, dealing with political affairs and campaigning to both central and local government to promote the environmental benefits of reusable products. It is also working in line with the government to help them to achieve waste objectives.
He continued: “The Government’s 25 year plan outlines an ambition to ‘achieve zero avoidable plastic waste’ by the end of 2042, and disposable nappies should be included in this objective. I believe that awareness and education are a key factor here, to help parents decide which products are right for them, their baby and the environment.”
“We want to be clear that, even as a reusable nappy alliance, we don’t think that disposables should be banned because we understand they serve a purpose for many parents. What’s important here is that we can make a difference by reducing the number of disposables used and by making reusable nappies more mainstream, ensuring that they are easily available.
Widescale use of reusable nappies can dramatically reduce the amount of plastic entering our waste system and ending up in landfill. Reusables are easy to use, and do not contain chemicals which may come into contact with the baby’s skin. Because cloth nappies can be used again and again they can help parents save a significant amount of money in the first few years of a child’s life.”