Moving towards a Circular economy and away from our current linear approach to baby products.
Currently almost all of the disposable nappies that are produced have no way of being reused, recycled or reprocessed. The resources used to make the nappies are taken from nature, used to nurture our young and then dumped in landfill.
What about reusable cloth nappies? These are good but there are still downsides. Between each use the cloth needs to be washed - quite often in small separate loads which increases the energy intensity and resources used. If you use a clothes dryer to dry them after washing you very quickly are going into the eco-red. Plus recent research has also cast light on the by-products of washing synthetic and even natural products. The following is from Plymouth University:
More than 700,000 microscopic fibres could be released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment.
The Eenee Solution
Eenee Eco nappies are absorbent, convenient and biodegradable. Why is the last one so important, well if it is biodegradable natural microbes and fungi can break the product down and return the nutrients that it contains back into the ecosystem. Instead of using energy intensive processes we can let mother nature do almost all the work for us.
For example - Did you know that if we could recycle just the baby nappies used in Australia in 1 year it would equate to nearly 2% of Australia's annual fertiliser usage? Instead, almost all of them end up in landfill. What a waste of those precious resources! That is one of the reasons why we have created our range of compostable disposable nappies which do not contain any plastics that restrict them from being commercially composted. Opening the avenue to returning the resources we have used to grow and nurture our young.
But, it takes a lot of effort to change the world. We have been working for the past 7 years to help and get commercial composting facilities to accept our products. The wheels of change has started to move with a number of councils and facilities already successfully turning your waste into nutrient rich compost for our farmers. We are continually working on expanding this network and hope to update you when we have the next facilities / councils on board.
Below is a great video from the Ellen McArthur Foundation explaining some of the principles of moving towards a circular economy: