Our BeSuper Eco nappies once used will break down 61% within the first 75 days. If you throw them out in the general waste they’re well on the degradation path before going to landfill. If they are exposed to light they will biodegrade within two years, as opposed to 500 years for a traditional disposable nappy.
If you choose to compost nappies yourself there are a few things you’ll need to know….
First, you can only home-compost nappies without solid waste. You can only compost urine-filled nappies because home composters don’t get hot enough to kill pathogens. That means you won’t be able to use it in your food garden.
Remove the waistband and tabs, cut the nappy in half. To make sure the wet nappies break down effectively, be sure to add a mix of brown dried leaves, fresh-cut grass and fruit & vegetable kitchen waste to your composter. Also, be sure to turn the compost every 2-3 weeks to oxygenate the pile.
You can then use the finished compost for grass, shrubs, flowers and other non-edible plants.
Do not use home-composted nappies in food gardens.