Disposable products are often seen as more convenient, but they are not necessarily any more effective than reusable equivalents. Buying quality goods that last might cost more as a one-off payment but can ultimately help consumers to save money. A good old-fashioned dishcloth can be used instead of kitchen roll; a flannel instead of facial wipes or non-disposable razors instead of disposable ones.
Many personal hygiene products are marketed as being more convenient but the waste they generate poses a significant environmental problem. For instance, disposable nappies take a long time to break down. If in landfill, their global warming impact per child is 550kg of carbon dioxide equivalents whereas reusable cloth nappies, in comparison, generate 64% less. In north London a subsidy system is offered to parents to purchase ‘real’/ re-usable nappies. Parents either receive a voucher or cash back to the value of £54.15. To find out more visit www.wiseuptowaste.org.uk.
The same applies to feminine hygiene products, such as tampons without applicators, or menstrual cups. Both options can save you money and reduce waste.