Disposable nappies are a convenient choice for
many parents because they are tidy, hygienic, low fuss
(in terms of cleaning up) and, of course, easy to dispose of
without creating more washing.
There has been a great public concern around the environmental
impact of using disposable nappies as they have been slow to
breakdown in landfill. However disposable nappies account for less
than 1% of urban waste in landfill by weight. In
addition, a number of the leading manfacturers of disposable
nappies have addressed these concerns in recent years by reducing
the size of each nappy, and using materials that are more
eco-friendly than those used in the past and Huggies work with the
Christchurch City Council to create compost out of disposable
nappies (see link below).
When considering the ecological impact of disposable nappies it
is important to take into consideration that even cloth nappies do
have an impact on the environment by way of water and energy
consumption and the detergents/sterilising solutions required
to clean them.
When making the choice to use disposable nappies it is important
to take into account the ongoing cost of buying nappies as the
costs add up over the 2-3 years that your child will be in
There are many different brands of disposable nappies available,
some come in slightly different styles for boys and girls with
added absorbency at the front for boys and through the middle for
girls, and some are unisex. The cost of disposable nappies varies
hugely depending on the quality of the nappy and how many you buy
at a time (it is cheaper to buy in bulk) but you can expect to pay
anywhere between 19c per nappy up to 60c per nappy.
Huggies also run the envirocomp program through Christchurch
City Council, composting disposable nappies - check out their