Nappies and the Environment: A Quick Guide + 4 Disposal Tips
Pampers not only cares for every baby but also the planet they will grow up in.
Disposable nappies make it easy to care for your little one’s skin. Still, you might be wondering about their environmental footprint.
Discover how Pampers is helping to reduce the impact of nappies and get four tips on how to dispose of used nappies easily at home.
To reduce our environmental footprint, we are looking at everything, from how and where we source our materials, to our manufacturing process, the packaging we use and the products we offer.
Here’s a quick look at what Pampers is doing to reduce the environmental footprint of our nappies:
The cellulose in our diapers and our box paper are made out of materials from FSC certified forests and other controlled sources.*
Pampers Pure/Harmonie nappies and wipes contain plant-based materials that are from responsible sources.
We have halved our diaper weight while doubling absorbency over the past 50 years.
The Pampers nappies an average baby in Europe uses over his or her diapering life are now made with 21 kilograms fewer raw materials than 5 years ago.
All our factories around the world now send zero manufacturing waste to landfill.
Our plants in Europe purchase 100% renewable electricity.**
By 2030, our aim is for all our factories around the world to purchased 100% renewable electricity.
All our nappy packaging is 100% recyclable.***
All our boxes are now made of 100% recycled carton.****
We’re working on making our packaging from at least 50% recycled or renewable materials by 2025.
Transportation and Usage
100% of our diapers sold in Europe are made in Europe. We produce our diapers close to you, at our own manufacturing sites.
Pampers is learning how to give used nappies a second life.
The first nappy recycling plant created by our joint venture, FaterSMART, is already up and running in Italy.
We started collecting nappies in Amsterdam for recycling through so-called ‘smart’ bins. Parents can register with the program, use the app to unlock the bin and deposit their used nappies inside.
Together with parents in Amsterdam, we’ve collected more than 200,000 diapers for recycling.
We are planning for diaper recycling in 5 cities by 2023.
These are just a few of the steps we’ve taken, and like a child learning to walk, every new step makes us restless to explore and do more.
How to Dispose of Dirty Nappies at Home
If you were wondering what’s the best way to dispose of dirty nappies at home, here are some useful tips:
1. Always wash your hands before and after nappy changes.
2. Roll up the nappy with the soiled or wet side facing inwards and secure it with the attached tapes. This makes them easier to handle and put in a bin.
3. Always read the instructions on the packaging. Usually, disposable nappies need to go in the general household waste. Still, it’s a great idea to have a separate, hands-free bin (with a liner) for nappies next to the changing table for the extra convenience. Using a bin with a lid or a special nappy disposal bins helps reduce smells. Once this small bin is full dispose of the nappies along with your other household waste.
4. Safety & hygiene first. Keep nappies, bin liners and packaging out of reach of your child at all times.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When it comes to making our nappies more sustainable, everything matters – from how we source our materials and manufacture our nappies to the packaging we use – and we’re always looking for ways to do more while still providing the same great protection for your little one’s skin.
To learn more about what we’re already doing, read about other ways Pampers is caring for babies and the planet they will grow up in.
Only for products available on shelf in Western Europe Excluding Russia. Certificates of renewable energy from windmill farm *Where recycling facilities exist ****Consumer boxes
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