Further, the 30 billion disposable nappies that get thrown out in the Worldannually consume approximately 150,000 tons of plastic and 1,200,000 tons oftree pulp every year. Now compare that to the natural resources used to make andclean three to five dozen cloth nappies.Then there’s the question of what’s hidden in some disposable nappies, such asdioxin (a by-product of bleaching the pulp) which has been linked to cancer, as wellas other chemicals and fragrances that can irritate sensitive baby skin.On average, parents spend $4,000 (US) on disposable nappies per child. Comparethat to an average of $900 (that includes laundering expenses) for your firstchild's nappy years using cloth nappies. A second and third child will cost muchless since cloth nappies can be re-used for more than one child.Cloth nappies use premium quality 100% natural cotton fibre in their cloth nappiesfor softness, absorbency and durability.Many cloth nappies have inserts that fold easily and are sized to fit perfectly anappy cover. They can be folded in a variety of ways to accommodate boys, girlsand smaller babies as required, and 'boosted' with optional booster pads for heavywetters or night time use.
What’s in a disposable nappy?
70% - Core containing fluff pulp and absorbent material10% - Polypropylene topsheet to protect against wetness13% - Polyethylene backsheet to prevent leakage7% - Other, including tapes, elastics and adhesives
Baby Nappy Polymer
DescriptionModern baby diapers contain polyacrylic acid, a super-absorbent polymer. Whensome of this polymer was added to a beaker with water and stirred, it absorbedmany times its weight in water.
Polyacrylic acid is a polymer made from the monomer acrylic acid. These longchains contain thousands of monomer units, and the polymer also has some cross-