What type of diapers are you using? That is the question I keep asking around. Personally, I like the idea of using cloth nappies because unlike the disposable ones, you can reuse them and ultimately lower not only yours but also your child’s carbon footprint. The only “problem” that cloth nappies pose is taking care of them. Let’s face it- the washing, drying time and ironing IS more time-consuming. If you work full time and your child spends whole day in a nursery, you’d rather spend evenings with her than washing or ironing her nappies.
For this reason we gave up and started to look for eco-friendly disposable nappies. I like The Honest Company – their nappies are ethical, colorful and original, but they ship only within the U.S. I prefer to find a brand that is available in Europe. I found several brands that are available in Switzerland and have very good consumer reviews: such as Moltex, Bambo Nature and Wiona. You can buy them online and have them delivered within few days.
The question remains how to recycle them. I could not believe that you throw them away like regular diapers. After doing some research online, I found out that they are only as recyclable as you make them. If you don’t do the work yourself, they will end up in a landfill. Not to mention that not all eco-friendly nappies are 100% biodegradable. So what options do you have if you don’t live in a house with a garden where you can recycle them into compost? You have to find a company that will do it for you. Are there any in French part of Switzerland? I have not found them yet. What I discovered, on the other hand, is a company that offers laundry service for cloth diapers. I will tell you more about it next week… (to be continued)