Friday, September 02, 2005

No waste like a TV waste... Nappy Every After?... #3

Having got back only in time to watch the last 5 minutes of last night's show, it is really not for me to offer much of a coherent review, but
I'll quickly plonk this up now in case it gets repeated soon or can be

What little I saw seemed more balanced than previous comparisons. And the numbers on the nappy costs were telling. Again, I'm relying on fleeting memory, it was a weekly/daily (?) £8 on laundered green nappies, £6 on disposables and £3 on home-laundered greenies, which was a 60% saving on disposables. That's pure cash. but it does not factor in the work involved, though it was mentioned. And this is a major issue, even with full-time mums, which cannot be ignored.

Personally, I think this shows a clear opportunity. Green Nappies should be subsidised to make them launderable. Some kind of voucher system to encourage genuine use. Easy for me as a local taxpayer to say so, but it must be worth checking out the numbers, which I'm sure have been and 'it can't be done'. So let's look at them again, and see what can work.

For a family like the one shown, the amounts of money saved were obviously a real incentive, though I'd really like to find out what the heck they were doing before to 'waste' 60% on gas and another whopping
% on water (we're non-metered here, so that isn't an issue, though we don't abuse it).

At least it has got people talking, and that's all to the good. I'm feeling that I'd have preferred a broader spread of different families
and opinions. One size does not fit all, especially with kids.