One of the first Campaigns I got underway when elected was to ensure that the (then) forthcoming Scottish Baby Box contained re-usable nappies, rather than disposables which fill expensive landfill – where they take at least 200 years to degrade whilst producing 630kg of greenhouse gas over the two and a half years a baby uses them.
Reusable nappies come in a wide range of options but are basically thick, padded pants. They have a waterproof cover and are sealed and fastened with Velcro or poppers. They go straight in the washing machine and are dried on a washing line.
And they save young families a lot of money. One child would use a stock of about 20 nappies from birth to potty training at a cost of between £200-£300 in total, compared to around £750 for disposables.
Far from the smelly, cumbersome chore of the past, today's reusable nappy systems are a modern, sustainable option for parents. I'm delighted the pilot Baby Boxes, which have been being trialled in Orkney and Clackmannanshire since 1 January, contain re-usable nappies so new parents can try them out for themselves.