Reusable Diapers’ Dirty Little Secret
October 21, 2008 2 Comments
What is it? They’re not as green as disposable ones!!! Gasp!
Here’s the lowdown:
The report found that while disposable nappies used over 2½ years would have a global warming impact of 550kg of CO2. Reusable nappies produced 570kg of CO2 on average. But if parents used tumble dryers and washed the reusable nappies at 90C, the impact could spiral to 993kg of CO2. A Defra spokesman said the government was shelving plans for future research on nappies.
Boy, that stinks (no pun intended) for more environmentally-conscious parents. Not only must they contend with Junior’s deuce on a more personal level, now they have to drop coin for carbon credits? It really isn’t easy being green…
Perhaps, the best part of the story is the allegation that the British government is trying to hush up the findings of the report,
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has instructed civil servants not to publicise the conclusions of the £50,000 nappy research project and to adopt a “defensive” stance towards its conclusions.
Leaves one to wonder why…