(ZERO) WASTE HOME
We meet three families who are aiming to go plastic free in 2019. Get motivated as these families share the switches they've already made and how they expect to change over the months ahead. Follow their journeys in every issue this year
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MAKING A HOME Dora Botta lives in London. She is mother to Brendan, three and Caelan, one.
When I started this journey back in February 2017 I didn’t know it would be such a bumpy ride. But I guess that is what makes it exciting. Every little change drives me forward. Using washable nappies/cloth wipes/buying second hand from our local charity shops and using soap bars all adds up. Here’s my list on how we reduce our waste as parents. USING WASHABLES I know there are arguments about cost, water usage and the added hassle of using washable nappies so let’s break it down. Although they have an initial financial outlay, in the long run washable nappies save you money. I recommend building up your stash by buying second hand online and build up the number of nappies rather than buying a starter pack. This way you will see which brands work and which don’t and you don’t feel overwhelmed by it all. Use disposable and cloth for a couple of days in tandem and see how easy and similar they are which will help you make the switch. Nine gallons of water are required to make one disposable nappy. That’s a crazy amount of wastage of a precious resource. And it’s really not that scary once you get the hang of it. You can get flushable bamboo liners to catch the solid and just flush that down the toilet. The rest is almost like with disposables. You take them off once full, put them in anything which has a lid or a wet bag you can close and wash them within
3-4 days on 30-60 degrees. We use Cheeky Wipes which are cotton cloths and reusable after every wash. I use them mainly for dirty hands and faces but can be also used for bottoms and once used, can be added to the dirty nappy pile.
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