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“New Age” Cloth Nappies Mean Less Waste to Landfill in South Australia

Posted by Kelly Noble on Mar 6th, 2013 and filed under Breaking News, Products. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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KESAB environmental solutions has received grant funding from Zero Waste SA to undertake an innovate cloth nappy education program encouraging families with babies to adopt a viable alternative to using disposable nappies.

KESAB environmental solutions will educate young parents in partnership with Eco-Bums about the impacts of disposable nappies on the environment with an estimated 2.1 billion disposable nappies disposed and buried in landfill each year in Australia.

South Australia has a goal to divert 75% of all waste material from landfill through avoidance and recycling. Avoiding disposable nappies and encouraging cloth nappies as an alternative will achieve an estimated 6% less waste going to landfill.

“This is a great incentive for parents to try cloth nappies to see if it suits them and their baby. The environmental and financial benefits are quite significant” says Grace Barila Special Environmental Projects Coordinator from KESAB environmental solutions.

“We have come a long way with recycling in South Australia (leading the nation) but there is much more we can do as a community by recognising some of the non- traditional throw away and disposable items currently buried in landfill.

This project is about changing family awareness and understanding by using alternatives encouraging avoidance with minimal impact on family life style. And it helps the environment along the way” Ms Barila said.

KESAB will be working with urban and regional local councils and community groups running information sessions about the environmental benefits of cloth nappies. Innovative education organisation Eco Bums will demonstrate how easy it is for mums and dads to embrace cloth nappies as an option.

The project includes access to a cloth nappy library to provide residents with a pack of cloth nappies to trial over a 2 week period. KESAB will subsidise the cost to hire the nappies.

Advantages of “new age” cloth nappies have come a long way since terry towelling squares. Modern versions are much more absorbent, less bulky, easy to wash, and are just as easy to use as disposables – are fashionable and they look great!

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