Cost - Reusable vs. Disposable
Initially the outlay for cloth nappies can seem daunting, as you have to buy around 24 nappies, which can be $200-$1100 depending on brand chosen. Disposable nappies sound like the more economic option as you're buying them gradually over the lifespan of your child in nappies, however, at the end of 2 years you will have spent about $2100, and many children will continue needing night nappies until they are 4 or beyond.
Once you've made one reusable choice, the tendency is to move towards more options in your home leading to further savings on potentially breastpads, menstrual pads or underwear, and cloth wipes.
Impact to the Environment
Did you know that every single disposable nappy ever produced and sent to landfil is still there? It takes approximately 200-500 years for most commercially produced disposable nappies to decompose and they have been buried in landfil since they launched for production in only 1949. Domestic waste laws instruct that human waste is strictly not to be placed in rubbish bins, and must be flushed, however, less than 1% of waste product is disposed of properly, meaning that landfil becomes a disastrous breeding ground for bacteria, and there are many harmful flow on effects ecologically.
In Australia alone, it is estimated that 800 million disposable nappies are sent to landfil every year. Globally, this equates to 450 BILLION nappies.
A central argument typically used at the forefront of opinions against using cloth is that it is environmentally damaging in terms of water consumption.
A baby requires approximately 7,000 nappy changes from birth to toilet training. Approximately 76,000 litres of water are required to launder cloth nappies in this period. However, seldom known is that it takes 545 litres of water to just manufacture one disposable nappy, meaning that over the same period of time, 3, 815, 000 litres of water are used, just for one child in disposable nappies.