More about cloth nappies

What do you mean cloth nappies?

I’ve been surprised while developing this project, how many people I spoke to had never heard of reusable nappies. So I thought I’d better explain. Reusable nappies are nappies made from fabric, which you wash and use again instead of throwing away after one use. Think cotton handkerchief instead of tissues. People often just call them cloth nappies, because it’s less of a mouthful.

There are hundreds of cloth nappies on the market these days, and many of them are highly technical, and not at all like the terry towelling squares your mum or gran may remember (although some people still use terries and swear by them).

Modern reusable nappies may be made from hemp or bamboo fabrics, microfibre, cotton, or a combination of the above. Many will have a built-in waterproof layer of polyurethane laminate (PUL). British-based manufacturers of reusable nappies include:-


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