Did you know?
Each little cherub will wee and poo their way through 6,000 to 7,000 nappies before they are fully toilet trained. That’s a lot of nappy changes, money and waste!
On average, disposable nappies cost between 17 and 59 cents each, depending on brand. Taking an average of 38 cents each, and a modest 5 nappies per day, that can equate to:
Compare this to cloth...
A cloth nappy stash can set you back around $500 before rebates.
Even if you spend $40 per year on water and detergent, you are still saving a considerable amount of money.
Each additional year you use your cloth nappies, you are saving around $700 again.
But it's not just about money
It takes about one cup of crude oil to make each disposable nappy, and a lot of water and energy goes into the manufacturing process too.
In Australia and New Zealand combined, a whopping 3.75 million disposable nappies are used on average each day.
Conventional disposable nappies are estimated to take up to 150 years to break down.
~ Sustainability Victoria 2021
There are a lot of options when it comes to low and no waste toileting for babies and toddlers.
Option 1: Toileting from birth
Visit our Toileting from Birth page to learn how to minimise nappy use altogether.
Option 2: Reusable nappies
Reusable nappy types fall under three main categories:
Cloth squares - made from cotton, bamboo, hemp or a blend, these are generally the cheapest option
Pre-folds – made from cotton or bamboo, and used inside a fitted, leak-proof cover
Modern cloth nappies (MCNs) – shaped like a disposable nappy and fastened with velcro or press studs
MCNs mimic disposable nappies most closely. It's worth trying a few different types and styles to find the one that suits you.
Faster toilet training
If you weigh up the water used to grow cotton, process it into disposable nappies, line it with plastic, all for a single use; cloth nappies use significanlty less water in their lifetime than a single use disposable nappy.
Do something positive:
Take the nappy switch challenge
Start with one change.
Make the first nappy of the day a cloth nappy. Once you get the hang of it, increase to two, then three. Before you know it, you'll have a cute cloth bum crawling, climbing and eventually running around the house!
Check your council rebates and if your council is a Greener Everyday partner, be sure to use your code at checkout to claim your up-front discount.
Discount code will only be approved if address matches council for which it is being claimed.
Learn about using, maintaining and caring for cloth nappies to make your life easy!
Order a single nappy to try or a complete starter bundle.
Note: council rebates cannot be used multiple times, so maybe hold off on using your rebate if ordering a single nappy sample.