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Political Leaders Discuss Reusable Diapers During Climate Change Debate

by | December 5, 2019

A recent climate change debate between political leaders in the UK has drawn attention to the impact of reusable diapers.

Adam Price, the leader of Plaid Cymru, shared during a Channel 4 debate that his climate resolutions for the New Year include swapping disposable diapers for reusable ones.

In an email to Raise Vegan, campaign group The Nappy Alliance praised Prices’ decision and shared that it is “over the moon that reusable nappies are finally being discussed in the leaders debate.”

“Wider use of these products would really make a significant impact,” explained The Nappy Alliance, “not just regarding the environment…these products can have a positive impact on child poverty and would help cash strapped local authorities who currently pay the bill for the collection and disposal.”

It is estimated that local authorities in the UK spend more than £60 million every year to dispose of diapers.

“The UK throws away three billion nappies a year,” said Price. “This is a huge issue and contributes to our waste crisis. I welcome this nappy alternative and urge all parents to consider using reusable nappies.”

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The Environmental Benefit Of Reusable Diapers

Just one disposable diaper takes approximately 300 years to break down in a landfill, producing methane gas in the process.

The Nappy Alliance claims that “using just one reusable nappy in place of a disposable every day could save 730” diapers from going to a landfill. Additionally, making a complete transition to reusable diapers could save families up to £488.

Do you use reusable diapers at home? Let us know your thoughts on the topic in the comments below!

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