Between birth and potty training a child may use between 4000 and 6000 nappies. The disposable ones now make up 2% of all household waste and mostly end up in landfill. In addition to the cost, these will take 200-500 years to decompose during which time they will emit significant volumes of methane (23 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2).
Ide Cremin joined the Tring Climate Event on October 26th and gave an excellent presentation on a modern alternative to disposable nappies. She very openly explained the pros and cons and made a convincing case for the use of cloth nappies and how their use can be better for your wallet/purse, better for the little-uns and better for the environment.
You can see her informative presentation here which includes ideas on how to try them out, where to get help and even special offers to new adopters.
As noted in her presentation Dacorum council support non-disposable nappies and have a resource page dedicated to this on there website as well as information on a free starter kit worth over £100. Other sources of info include: UK Nappy Network A collaboration between nappy libraries, retailers, manufacturers
Go Real The real nappy information service
www.goreal.org.uk The Nappy Gurus Online shop
The Nappy Lady Information, advice and online shop