Disposable products are often seen as more convenient, but they are not necessarily any more effective than reusable equivalents. Buying quality goods that last might cost more as a one-off payment but can ultimately help consumers to save money. A good old-fashioned dishcloth can be used instead of kitchen roll; a flannel instead of facial wipes or non-disposable razors instead of disposable ones.
Many personal hygiene products are marketed as being more convenient but the waste they generate poses a significant environmental problem. For instance, disposable nappies take a long time to break down. If in landfill, their global warming impact per child is 550kg of carbon dioxide equivalents whereas reusable cloth nappies, in comparison, generate 64% less. In north London a subsidy system is offered to parents to purchase ‘real’/ re-usable nappies. Parents either receive a voucher or cash back to the value of £54.15. To find out more visit our real nappies page here.
The same applies to feminine hygiene products, such as tampons without applicators, or menstrual cups. Both options can save you money and reduce waste.