Reusable Nappies and the Environment – TotsBots

It’s official…cloth nappies are up to 40% better for the environment than disposables!

This was declared by the UK Environment Agency back in 2008 when they re-published their Cloth vs. Disposable ‘Life Cycle Analysis’ report. The conclusion of this revised report was that using cloth puts control of the carbon footprint into the hands of parents and can help decrease your carbon footprint by up to a whopping 40 percent!

Previous to this, there have been many enquiries into just how good for the environment cloth nappies really are. Some out there claim that because of the energy used in the washing and drying process, there is little difference in the amount of waste produced in using cloth over disposables – a claim has since been dispelled by the UK Environment Agency. Their previous report made some seriously flawed assumptions about how cloth nappies are cleaned which we will highlight below:

  • Boil washing nappies – maybe in the 50’s and 60’s, but not nowadays! Washable nappies can be washed at up to 60 degrees, and you can even wash your newborn nappies in with your normal washing.
  • Tumble drying – we all know this is a last resort. Environment aside, long term it’s better on the bank balance to have a few more nappies in your set.
  • Bleaching – Don’t you dare do that to your nappies! It’s really bad for the fabrics.
  • Ironing – Come on, who on earth ever irons nappies?!

Hats off to the Environment Agency for sorting their report out and dispelling any myths about cloth and its effect on the environment.

So now that that’s been cleared up, let’s talk about how TotsBots, as a company, keep their carbon footprint as low as possible…


They source the materials as locally as possible with many of the fabrics actually being manufactured right here in the UK. Wherever possible they ship goods by surface. Whilst this takes longer, it uses less fuel and less carbon is emitted.


All retail packaging must be sufficient to pack the contents and no more. They do not believe in ‘shelf grabbing’. There is nothing worse than purchasing a product that has more plastic in the packaging than the product itself.

Wherever possible the packaging is reusable. The multi-packs come in a handy zip closing PVC bag– great for all those pens and crayons that can accumulate! The single nappies and wraps are packed in oxy-biodegradable packaging.

They reuse boxes for shipping where they can and recycle those they can’t.


They donate any nappies that they can to Forever Angels and Watoto Kicheko, a baby home and orphanage in Tanzania, so that nothing goes to waste. Like most folk at home they also recycle all plastics, cans and paper waste produced in the factory and offices. They use a local company to do this so anyone in the Glasgow area might want to give them a shout – they take all the hassle out of recycling for you and are great bunch of guys.