Our Little Genie compostable nappies and nappy pants are some of our most popular products. They are popular because they are safer for babies and toddlers as they don’t contain nasty ingredients found in other mainstream disposable nappy brands, but also because they are sustainably made, compostable and much, much better for the environment than sending truckloads of conventional disposable nappies to a landfill.
With a little research we discovered that kiwis send approx 2.5 million tonnes of waste to the landfill each year (NZ Ministry for the Environment). To paint a picture, if every Kiwi heaped one months worth of their rubbish onto a rugby field, it would tower thirty storeys high! Included in this pile would be an estimated 40 million disposable nappies. And the bulk of our national pile in air-tight landfills will never decompose. Apparently, 75% of our refuse could instead be recovered, reused, recycled or composted.
But there is good news: we can do something about it! As far as disposable nappies go, it takes a little extra effort, but there is an alternative and that extra effort goes a long way.
Here’s how to compost Little Genie compostable nappies and nappy pants:
Approximately 50% of Little Genie Bio-Nappy Pants and 65% of Little Genie Nappies are made from compostable materials, including viscose from sustainably grown bamboo. These can be broken down in your compost bin, leaving the smallest amount possible to go into general waste.
- Rip off side-tabs, elastic around the waist and front velcro strips. These go in the general waste.
- Place used Little Genie nappy in your compost. Number ones only! Twos aren’t hygenic (although you can flush twos away, rinse and compost the remaining nappy).
- Your nappy will start to degrade. Yay!
- At 3-6 months your nappy will have composted as much as possible. The ‘top sheet’ which is next to your baby’s bottom and draws away the moisture doesn’t compost, so put it in the general waste.
As we go about our daily lives, we leave behind a mountain of rubbish that gets bigger every year. Like John Lennon, imagine if everyone were to change their ‘out of sight out of mind’ mentality and learn to minimise their waste? Part of the solution can be found in getting good at composting our baby’s nappies!