Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day
Did you know that eight million disposable nappies are thrown away per day in the UK?
And did you also know that disposable wet wipes account for 93% of sewer blockages in the UK?
To help raise awareness, Tap Warehouse has calculated the number of bathroom products the average three-year-old will have consumed before highlighting the top tips for growing your children up green:
By the Age of Three, We Have Created 31,750 Items of Bathroom Waste
From the first moment a child graces the earth, they start building their waste legacy through the use of disposable nappies and baby wipes. By the age of three, they will have produced 31,750 items of bathroom waste through the following:
|Item||Number of Products Used by the Age of 3|
|Baby Wash/ Shampoo||36|
|Total number of items||31,750|
Unfortunately, it gets much worse too – 50% of these items end up in a landfill. Not only does this colossal number of items impact the environment, but it also adds a real strain to parents pockets.
That’s why Tap Warehouse has uncovered eco-friendly alternatives to make the transition easier.
Disposable Nappies Take 500 Years to Decompose
Did you know that a nappy mostly consists of plastic? It is made up of:
- 70% polymer – an absorbent plastic which locks in the waste from the baby.
- 13% polyethene – a plastic back-sheet which prevents leakage.
- 10% polypropylene – a plastic top-sheet to protect against wetness.
- 7% other, includes elastics and adhesives.
With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that each individual nappy takes 500 years to degrade as unfortunately, they cannot be recycled.
As a more eco-friendly alternative, you could switch to reusable nappies. The process is easy – you chuck the used nappy into a nappy bucket, and once it’s full, you pop them on a hot wash with regular non-bio washing powder. Not only will this help save the environment – but also your bank balance.
Experts claim that it costs £800 to keep a baby in disposable nappies for the first two years of life. And for every pound spent on them, it costs taxpayers 10p to dispose of them. In contrast, purchasing a sufficient number of reusable nappies costs between £200-£300.
Wet Wipes Take 100 Years to Decompose
Whilst wet wipes are made of cotton, they also contain the synthetic fabric, polyester. Unfortunately, this one ingredient causes them to take up to 100 years to decompose.
With many Brits assuming they are decomposable and flushable (they are not!), they’re also the cause of 93% sewage blocks in the UK. This costs taxpayers £100m to fix, every single year?
Instead, as an eco-friendly alternative, consider using biodegradable baby wipes – or the classic flannel and water.
Interested in the full findings? https://www.tapwarehouse.com/blog/bathroom-waste-legacy