Up-to-date info on the cotton nappies vs disposables debate
An extensive Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH) online article offers parents and health workers accurate and current information about nappies in order to enable decision making based on fact rather than marketing or outdated research.
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RWH on myths about nappies
RWH on new products & services
A health note from the UK’s Monmouthshire Greenweb
It seems Canada, Australia and the United States use more cotton nappies than the UK where usage is relatively small but increasing. The UK Women’s Environmental Network estimates that 15% of all parents now use washable nappies.
There is environmental concern worldwide over the billions of disposable nappies taking up to 500 years to rot in landfill sites. This concern is so great that huge compagnies like Kimberley-Clark are mounting defensive arguments on their websites claiming disposable nappies make up only 1% of landfill.
NB In 2005 Greenpeace mounted a campaign against Kimberley-Clark for logging ancient boreal forests. Greenpeace maintains they need 3.0 million tonnes of pulp from forests to produce their tissue products and that they buy from clear felling operations in Ontario and Alberta, Canada, home to threatened wildlife such as woodland caribou and wolverines. This claim is disputed by Kimberley-Clark.
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