Oh dear, another piece of Green propaganda makes headway.
Aided by modern materials and a redesign, the washable nappy has spread across social classes to vie for the affections of parents in the wake of arguments by campaigners that they are more environmentally friendly.
The impact on landfill sites is cited as the single biggest problem with single-use throwaway nappies. Each baby is estimated to go through 4,500 before being trusted to give his or her parents sufficient warning to get to a loo in time.
The problem is that there are no environmental advantages to washable nappies, once you do a proper cost benefit analysis. As, in fact, the Government did.
Yes, disposables take time to decompose: but washables have to be washed. The costs in terms of energy and emissions of the latter just about equal the benefits of not having the landfills.