Another battle in the war between cloth and disposable nappies
Sometimes it's hard to be a treehugger (it's hard work as Bush would say). You think that you're doing the right thing and then, bam! a new study with findings that nuance or downright contradict the results of the last one. Last December, we wrote this about diapers. Back then, a study by the Women's Environmental Network (WEN) told us that "home-washing cloth diapers has only 53% of the ecological footprint of disposables." Nothing so certain about that now.The Environment Agency has conducted what it calls "the most independent and thorough study yet carried out in the UK," and the results are that whether it's cloth or disposable, it makes little difference to the environment. As with all studies, it must be put into context; the conclusions about the eco-impacts of washing cloth diapers certainly would be different in a country that produces its electricity from cleaner sources than the UK (or a place where you can decide to buy renewables from the power company). Still, we are far from the 53% of the WEN, and the problem that we mentioned about eco-diapers (made with biodegradable plastic) still apply: a landfill just isn't the right place for composting ("Once read about newspapers that were extracted from a New York landfill, during an archelogical dig. Been there over 25 years and were still legible!" said our old post). What are we to do, then? Are we left with only this solution? Any reader tried it and could tell us about his/her experience? How do you deal with nappies?