How reusable nappies help reduce waste

Reusable nappies are washable nappies that can be used time and time again. They are made up of an absorbent layer, a waterproof layer and a biodegradable or washable liner.

Modern reusable nappies are easy to wash and dry and are available in a selection of sizes, designs and fastenings to suit your baby. They can play a significant part in helping to reduce our waste.

Benefits of reusable nappies

  • Better for the environment
    • By the time a child reaches 2.5 years old they will have used an average of over 5000 disposable nappies. That equates to a tonne of waste - roughly the same weight as a baby whale. 
    • Switching to reusables is one of the easiest ways your family could reduce your waste, saving space in your bin.
    • The removable liners mean you don't have to wash the whole nappy, saving water and electricity.
  • Better for your baby's skin
    • Parents often report that reusable nappies are better for their child's skin.
    • Reusable nappies are mostly made of natural materials rather than plastics or chemicals found in disposable nappies.
  • Better for your pocket
    • Choosing reusable nappies can save you upwards of £1000 before your baby is potty trained when compared to purchasing disposable nappies. This saving also takes into account the cost of purchasing, washing and drying reusable nappies. 
    • With our voucher scheme greatly reducing the cost of purchasing reusable nappies, there has never been a better time to make the switch.  
    • If you use your reusable nappies for additional children you could double your savings!

By making the switch you will be helping to reduce your waste and protect the environment.

Information, advice and support

The Herefordshire Nappy Library (HNL) can offer advice, demonstrations and loan kits that allow you to find the best reusable nappies for your baby. It's run by parents who can answer any question you have and it's completely free to loan a kit.

HNL is run by volunteers and they are always on the look-out for additional reusable nappies to add to their loan kits. Once your child is potty-trained and you have no further use for the nappies, maybe consider donating them to help more parents make the switch.

View a demonstration Reusable nappy demo for beginners - The Nappy Lady - YouTube

Three reusable nappies drying on a line