Environmental Information for Weenees Eco Nappies

Zero Waste Weenees Eco Pads are the most environmentally friendly and user friendly disposable pad available.                      

  • They break down to form useful compost in one compost cycle (approx. 50 to 150 days)
  • They have a breathable outer
  • Are hygienically flushable
  • Made from a renewable resource - trees
  • Are non chlorine bleached
  • Have no plastic or perfume additives
  • Use low water consumption
  • Keep the wearer dry

Our flushable compostable pads have now been awarded 'Cradle to Cradle' certification in the USA where they are marketed as gDiaper flushables.  This is the ultimate environmental award which independently confirms our pads leave Zero Waste (there is no 'Grave' as in the traditional Life Cycle analysis).  To find out more information CLICK here.

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How much are your nappy choices costing?

Cost to you directly (Australian Dollars)
The approx. weekly cost of standard            Plastic Disposables
plastic disposables can range from:-          $20-$25/week

If using Weenees flexible nappy system      Weenees Nappies
you can use all cloth & cost as little as:-      $4/week (including washing costs)
or some cloth and some flushable pads:-   $15/week
or all flushable pads with 5 to 6 per day:-     $27/week

Community Costs

To send waste to landfill varies in        Plastic Disposables
costs between councils from:-             $35-$120/tonne

Weenees pads can be flushed or
composted, removing the need for       Weenees Nappies
them to be collected and buried.          $0/ tonne (home compost)

Environmental Cost

1 Baby creates approx 1.5 tonne of nappy waste in its nappy life time.  In Australia, over
800 million nappies per year go to landfill.

Environmental costs measured in carbon emissions are valued at $110/tonne CO2e
(according to the Stern Report

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/stern_review_report.cfm ).  1 tonne of
organic waste (e.g. wet nappies) can create    Plastic Disposables 1.09 tonne carbon emissions in landfill :-        up to $120/tonne

Composting is carbon neutral, so the  Weenees Nappies carbon cost for composting Weenees is:-        $0/ tonne (home compost)

 

Compost added to soil can help act as a carbon sink and also prevents carbon emissions that would be
produced if the waste went to landfill.  Carbon credits equivalent to $25 per tonne of wet nappies are now
sold by some commercial composters in Australia. 

Did you know:- Soils provide a significant reservoir for organic carbon, storing twice as much as the
atmosphere and three times as much as plants.

According to a waste management report (see link here), it is estimated that by increasing the amount of carbon
in the soil by 1% across Australia, the equivalent of 10 years worth of carbon emissions could be sequestered.

In summary, making and using compost stores carbon in the topsoil.  If composting were practiced more widely,
it could have a great impact on reducing the rate of global warming.

Soil Burial Tests for Nappies

Independent test by the University of Tasmania show the difference in degredation between Weenees Disposable Pads and typical 'plastic' disposable nappies. Results under Tasmanian Summer conditions show that Weenees degrade in soil burial after 134 days, earth worm trials after 71-80 days and 111 days in septic tank trials. Where as the plastic components of typical disposable nappies (approx 30% by weight of the nappy) remained largely intact. The paper pulp portion of the typical nappies was restricted in degrading taking 148 days under soil burial, 140 days in earth worm trials & 143 days in septic tank conditions.

Piles of Plastic Waste from composted 'Plastic' Disposables

Click on the right hand image to see just how much waste is not compostable from typical disposable nappies and the so called eco nappies.

Click here for Dr Martin Line's Independent testing of Weenees Pads