Each disposable nappy takes around 500 years to decompose. In Scotland alone, over half a million nappies are thrown ‘away’ each year. And as my pal Theresa would say, there’s no such place as ‘away’ – it all ends up somewhere. I really wish now I had used proper nappies – apart from the environmental impact, the overall saving is around £1,000, and that includes laundering! And of course real nappies can be reused for baby number two, bringing down the cost further. And once you get into a soaking and washing routine, it’s no bother.