Composted Eco Nappies (3)
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Eco Nappy is reduced to bits and pieces
The Eco Nappy is, of course, made up of several parts. When dug into the compost heap as shown here, the nappy is reduced to its components, and they in turn are broken down by microbial activity, light, time and worms. This image shows a small bit of the polypropylene mesh which is used on the inner surface of a nappy to provide the barrier between the absorbent materials and the baby's skin.
In this compost heap we found many such fragments of mesh, and these were clearly not obstructing the root growth of plants that had started to grow. Some fragments could be described as 'older' in that they were really thin and 'worn out' looking. Presumably they were on the way to being completely biodegraded.
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