How an Auckland couple is tackling the disposable nappies problemby North & South
An Auckland couple tackles the disposable nappies problem.
Start-up Little & Brave Eco Nappies, founded by Auckland couple Tahlia and Semisi Hutchison, is tackling the challenge head-on with a new fully compostable nappy and a commercial composting service, the first of its kind in New Zealand. “For us, it’s about providing good options, so families have a choice,” says Tahlia. “With more sustainable options, a greater number of families can reduce their waste to landfill, and the impact of single-use plastic products on future generations.”
Customers can drop off soiled nappies for free at a dedicated composting facility, or have nappies collected from their home via a drop and collect service. The nappies are processed in a composting machine that not only pasteurises the nappies, but “recycles” them into nutrient-dense compost over a four-week period.
For now, it’s only available in Auckland, but the Hutchisons – who have three children and a background in corporate finance – are working alongside councils and community groups to expand the composting service nationwide.
This article was first published in the January 2019 issue of North & South.
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