March 30, 2005

1.7 Million Nappies Every Week!

And they think that's a good thing?!

I'm staggered that Pak N Save thinks that's a good thing to advertise.

Just before people think I'm hassling mothers who use disposable nappies, let me say two things:

1) No, I've never had a kid. But I have changed many, many cloth nappies in my time.
2) No, I don't use manufactured sanitary products either. I use rags, and I wash 'em. So I'm not talking entirely without cause.

I do think it would be a good thing to promote disposable nappies as a convenience, rather than a neccessity. Use them when you're travelling, or the babysitter's coming over. Just like if I'm going swimming, I'll use a tampon. A pack or two a year is acceptable, but other than that, it just feels incredibly wasteful. To me.

... don't hit me, moms!....

I'm also mildly amazed that cat food is now advertised as containing "real meat!" ... I mean... ! cats, meat... eh. Insert your own tirade. You know what I'm getting at.

Posted by phreq at March 30, 2005 06:44 PM | TrackBack

i've read from several sources (Consumer being one of them) that the enviromental damage (eg resources used to wash, disinfect, bleach and otherwise sanitise cotton, reuseable nappies) are pretty much equivalent.

in the same vein - the resouces/processes needed to recycle tin cans is currently more harmful to the enviroment than not recycling - but the habit is a good one for ppl to get into now, because one day the processes will be improved.

Posted by: Zephfi at March 30, 2005 09:51 PM

In the case of tin cans - reduction is better than recycling. Can we buy products in other packaging instead of tins? Fresh vegetables etc.

You have to watch those "disposables have about the same environmental costs as reusing" reports. They often make it into "respectable media" (is there such a thing?) without quoting their source - research companies paid by the manufacturers of disposable products, ignoring major factors of importance in matters to do with resource use and waste.

Posted by: suraya at March 31, 2005 06:17 AM

yes, also those studies tend to assume that everyone uses maximum resources on cloth nappies. My mum had a nappy bucket with a small amount of bleach, and other than that, the nappies were just washed like normal clothes.

It would take a *lot* of evidence to convince me that it's better to dump tons of plastics in landfills than use a little bleach and washing powder.

Tin cans do at least corrode away over the years. I'm focused on using as little plastic as possible, and the checkout chicks give me dirty looks for not plastic-bagging the carrots and potatoes.

Posted by: phreq at March 31, 2005 07:37 AM

Apparently disposable nappies make up 1.5% of what goes into landfills each week. Seems there are bigger fish to fry...

Posted by: toni at March 31, 2005 07:59 PM

yeah, I wish they'd make Coca-Cola and Pepsi responsible for their own plastic bottles and recycling them. I predict we'd see Coke in tetra-paks in under a year... anything to avoid having to recycle!

Posted by: phreq at April 1, 2005 08:46 AM

Or maybe (gasp) they could use glass bottles and sterilise them and re-use them. Imagine! Back to the future, it's an environmental revolution.

All it needs is a slick marketing campaign and some toothy, ferocious legislation.

*GRRRR*! I am the EcoGiant! Bow before my far-reaching legislation!

This is why people don't elect me to public office, you realise. Sanists!

Posted by: phreq at April 1, 2005 06:51 PM
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