As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome home baby Princess Charlotte they, like many couples, will be tackling the daily duties that come with being new parents, most notably nappies.
Sending their best wishes to the happy royal couple, Viridor, Britain’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, reminded mums and dads up and down the country to spare a thought for the environment – and their household budgets – when it comes to nappy choices.
The UK disposes of around 3 billion disposable nappies each year, representing an estimated 2% to 3% of all household waste. But there is another option for parents to consider that will not only be kinder to the environment but to their bank balance too.
Viridor say real nappies offer a more sustainable alternative to disposable nappies depending on how they are used. The initial cost for real nappies is a few pounds each but over 2.5 years they could save parents between £200 and £500 compared with disposable options.
A baby only needs around 20 to 30 modern real nappies. In comparison, it’s been estimated that by the time a baby is potty trained he or she could have gone through around 4,000 to 6,000 disposable nappies.
Herman Van-Der Meij, Director of Viridor Resource Management said: “I’d like to offer a huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the arrival of Princess Charlotte.
“The arrival of every baby is special and comes with a lot of decisions for new parents to make. By choosing real nappies parents are not only helping to reduce the environmental impact of disposable nappies but are saving themselves a considerable amount of money in the long term, which is important for any parent.”
A Royal spokesperson has not yet commented on what kind of nappies are being used.