But first let's think on this......
If you've got babies then use washable diapers / nappies. If you can't handle washing them yourself then sign up to a nappy wash service.
In the UK you could be saving around �500 a year if you switch to re-usables ( source1 )
3 billion nappies / diapers end up in UK landfill per year.
49 million diapers / nappies used in the US per day! ( )source2
Disposable diapers / nappies have a decomposition rate of 550 years ( source3)
So read on for a green way to reduce the volume of a diaper, if it's squeemish that your are, then go and look at the cake contest, actually have a look at my chocolate cake instructable and give it your vote ;) ......
Big thanks to Ropable for the image
Step 1: The offending article # 1. Pluggies Full-ups TM
However, when you've got a diaper / nappy full of POO! ( there, I've said it ) flush that dump away before you wrap the diaper / nappy and bin it. Common sense - DON"T flush the whole thing, just the poo.
So let's have a talk about tweetle beatles. Um sorry parenthood seems to have addled my brain.
So lets have a closer look at a nappy / diaper, this one is full of pee.
The UK disposable nappy / diaper basically consists of celluslose 'fluff' from cotton pulp that, along with a super-absorbent material called SAP ( more on this later ) tries to hold the babies waste away from the skin. Polypropylene mesh holds this absorbent pad inside and to a greater or lesser extent also wicks fluid away from the babies skin. Elasticated barriers hold the nappy to the contours of the baby along with the stretch elastic waist tabs ( more on these in another instructable ). A high density polyethylene sheet stops the whole slop gushing out, in cheaper diapers this is evident, on the more expensive brands it's covered with yet another layer of polypropylene mesh. Apply cute graphics liberally and there you have an Eco time bomb just waiting to be 'primed'.
Step 2: What's inside?
Step 3: Disgorge that diaper / nappy
Step 4: Before and after....
Step 5: Lastly
A viewpoint on the UK Environment Agencies amateur-ish life cycle analysis can be found here
Further reading on disposables and waste management can be found here .
Further reading on pee can be found here .