Top 10 UK facts on the impact of nappies on the environment

• 8 million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, that adds up to 3 billion each year


• 90% go to landfill


• Each year 400,000 tonnes of waste (the weight of 32 DoubleDecker buses) is sent to landfill


• Nappies take up to 500 years to decompose


• Nappies make up 2-3% of household waste


• Nappies are single use plastics


• Up to 50% of a disposable nappy is plastic


• Using the average of 4.16 nappies used per day, and an average nappy weight of 38.6g, an average child will use 146.5kg of nappies over two and a half years.


• For every month a child stays in nappies another 124 nappies end up in landfill. That’s £40 worth!


• With every nappy change baby wipes are also used. These contain plastic and end up in landfill, or worse still polluting rivers and seas and impacting on marine life.


• Wrapping nappies in plastic nappy sacks further increases plastic content going to landfill.

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