How ecodesign is making our nappies greener
A baby needs on average five nappies a day, for a total of around 850 days (or 2.5 years). That adds up to … around 4,250 nappies per child! We worked with our supplier to calculate the environmental footprint of our Boni Selection nappies across the full chain (from raw material to consumer) and addressed the factors with the greatest environmental impact, to reduce CO₂ emissions. That's called ecodesign!
Ecodesign, what's that?
Every product has an impact on the climate during the different phases of its life cycle. From sourcing raw materials to production, packing, transport, use, waste processing, recycling … ecodesign means that you consider the environmental impact when you develop the product, not just the economic, technical or human criteria. The complete journey of a product or process - whether new or existing - is mapped. Where does it have most impact in terms of CO₂, who can reduce this and how? As a pioneer of sustainable entrepreneurship, ecodesign fits seamlessly into the Colruyt Group philosophy!
Reducing CO₂ by 400 tonnes
We have worked with our supplier to calculate the environmental footprint of the Boni Selection nappies. We wanted to find out which factors throughout the chain have the greatest impact on the environment and how we can address them effectively. So, what did we discover? There is still plenty of room for improvement in terms of composition, production, transport and waste processing. The results? A reduction in CO₂ of 400 tonnes or 5%. That is the equivalent of the average annual emissions from 143 cars.
Making the chain four times more sustainable
- Fewer raw materials: disposable nappies are mainly made of wood pulp. Our new nappies use far less wood pulp and a bit more superabsorbent polymer. That makes them thinner and lighter - and also even more absorbent. A win-win scenario!
- Green electricity: obviously, our supplier uses electricity in their factory to produce nappies. We are also reducing CO₂ emissions here by using green electricity.
- Less transport: we minimise transport between the supplier and our distribution centre by producing the nappies close to home, in Germany. As the nappies are thinner, they also take up less space. That means 40 fewer lorries every year!
- Less waste: thinner nappies with fewer raw materials also means a reduction in household waste of 300 tonnes every year.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.