Nappies are one of the world’s biggest waste problems. In Australia, almost 800 million disposable nappies end up in landfill each year.
In 2019, Tasmanian-based company Eenee partnered with the Bega Valley Shire Council in a trial that provided 50 local families with eco-friendly nappies. The nappies were entirely compostable and featured a reusable fabric band to secure them.
The trial was a success. Conditional approval was granted by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, allowing the council to use compostable products such as nappies in their commercial composting facility.
“A lot of the work we’ve done with our trial has been shared with other countries,” said Joley Vidau, Bega Valley Shire Council’s waste coordinator. “So, they’re doing a trial similar to this in Indonesia off the back of our trial.”
You can learn more about this sustainability success story on the ABC News website.
Want some more good news to start your week?
Thanks to its efforts to reduce native forest logging, Tasmania has now become carbon negative!
Researchers have concluded that the change in carbon footprint could be attributed to the reduction in native forest logging. If native forests are left to continue to grow, they can absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
“Tasmania has gone from being the emitter of carbon dioxide to now removing more than it is emitting to the atmosphere,” Griffith University researcher Brendan Mackey said. Professor Mackey is the Director of Griffith’s Climate Action Beacon.