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Blow to image of ‘green’ reusable nappy - Times Online
A government report that found old-fashioned reusable nappies damage the environment more than disposables has been hushed up because ministers are embarrassed by its findings.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has instructed civil servants not to publicise the conclusions of the £50,000 nappy research project and to adopt a “defensive” stance towards its conclusions.

The report found that using washable nappies, hailed by councils throughout Britain as a key way of saving the planet, have a higher carbon footprint than their disposable equivalents unless parents adopt an extreme approach to laundering them.

To reduce the impact of cloth nappies on climate change parents would have to hang wet nappies out to dry all year round, keep them for years for use on younger children, and make sure the water in their washing machines does not exceed 60C.

The conclusions will upset proponents of real nappies who have claimed they can help save the planet....A Defra spokesman said the government was shelving plans for future research on nappies.

It isn't about being "green" it is about guilt and wanting to wallow in misery and shit. No wonder there will be no more research, they only want to hear the results they want. And all your taxes being spent on Real Nappy Networks, do you think they will be cut in these stringent times?


When my two were babes in arms 20 years ago I used to think washing nappies was a good thing until I got the electricity bill! It went up three fold in one quarter. SO I spent the money on disposable ones instead. Guess what? It cost the same overall so it's largely a lifestyle choice in the end.

"wanting to wallow in misery and shit"

Well I guess if you want to wallow in shit, nappy-cleaning is certainly the place to start.

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