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Nappies a waste in NZ

Published: 8:42PM Sunday March 12, 2006 Source: One News

Around 600 million disposable nappies are used in New Zealand every year. At about 10 million nappies disposed per week, it is not surprising that landfills are struggling to cope.

In England, local councils are now helping parents with the costs of buying reusable nappies or a laundry service.

In "clean, green" New Zealand there is nothing like that to minimise nappy wastage.

"I estimate that in Auckland around about 10,000 tonnes of disposable nappies go to landfill every year," says Warren Snow of Envision NZ.

Disposables are the nappy of choice for Lisa Hedges' baby Harry.

"I use disposables for the convenience, as a new mum I just found that cloth nappies would have been too time consuming, and it was the last thing I really wanted to do in between breast feeding and everything else," says Lisa.

Liz Mole runs a reusable nappy business called Real Nappies. She says parents need to be educated on the choices that are available.

"There is an alternative to disposables it's not what our parents used to use, it doesn't involve pins, they don't leak and they are an environmentally friendly version," she says.

"If a parent was to use cloth from birth up until being potty trained, they could make a saving of just over $3000, compared to top brand disposibles."

Along with the re-usable nappies, environmentally friendly sanitisers and enzyme-free powders are also available.

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