Zero Waste Week: Seven Ways Reusable Nappies Reduce Waste

Zero Waste Week: Seven ways reusable nappies reduce waste

In honour of  Zero Waste Week, we’re sharing seven of our favourite facts about reusable nappies and offering 20% off all our nappy ranges!

Landfills are overflowing

Every day, eight million single-use nappies are thrown away and each stays in landfill for a whopping 500 years. It’s no surprise that we’re well on our way to run out of landfill sites by 2022. By choosing reusable nappies, you’ll help make a dent in the three billion disposables we throw away each year. We bet our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (deep breath!) great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank us for that!

Your reusable stash is small-but-mighty

Did you know you’ll only need around 20-25 reusable nappies versus 4,000 single-use ones? And remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Just one reusable nappy can stop 900 singles from going to landfill. If you’re new to reusables, why not start with a stash of two? That’s one for the bum and one for the wash!

Reusables keep the pennies in your piggybank

Your 20-25 reusable nappies will cost around £200-£400 compared to £1,500 for disposables. So cloth nappies really can save you from throwing your hard-earned cash in the bin — literally! When cared for properly, reusable nappies can be used on a second child further reducing your environmental impact and saving another £1,500.

Less is more

You’ve probably guessed that it takes a lot more energy and raw materials to manufacture the thousands of disposables used per child versus 20-25 reusable nappies. In fact, it takes 98% less raw materials to make reusable nappies. Twenty of our Easyfit reusable nappies use just 2.7 kg of materials compared to the 150 kg used for 4,000 disposables

Reusables don’t waste water

Reusables are better for the environment. Fact. We still hear some out-of-date articles asking “but what about the boil-washing, soaking, and endless trips to the washing machine?!”. Well, the LCA report confirms that cloth nappies significantly reduce waste and are up to 40% better for the environment than disposables, even taking laundering into consideration. And please, please don’t boil or soak our lovely wee nappies! Some of today’s very clever washing machines can even get your nappies sparkling clean in temperatures as low as 30 degrees.

Not all eco products are created equal

There’s a new trend of “eco-disposable” nappies, however, there’s just no such thing as eco-disposable anything. How can something designed to be single-use be eco-friendly when there’s a perfectly good reusable alternative out there? So-called “eco” products use the same amount of raw materials as standard disposables before getting tipped into the bin where they claim to biodegrade. Sadly, that’s a load of fluff. Did you know that the waste in landfills is so tightly packed that it can’t degrade? And anything that does partially break down releases the greenhouse gas methane.

Our reusables are made from recyclables

What a tongue-twister! We're the first reusable nappy company in the world to make our waterproof fabric out of recycled polyester yarn. So, you're not just reducing your waste by choosing TotsBots... you’re recycling too! On average, two plastic bottles are diverted from landfill with every TotsBots EasyFit nappy.

Now that you’re all clued up with the facts, it’s time to go waste-free! We’ve made it easier than ever with 15% off our Song Time EasyFits. Or go the whole hog and pick up a 50%-off trial kit, featuring one of each of our best-selling nappies. Happy nappying!


Zero Waste Week: Seven ways reusable nappies reduce waste