She added: "Washables
are definitely cheaper than disposables.
nappies are a cheaper alternative than disposables, which cost about pounds 500 for the nappy life of a baby whereas washables
can cost as little as pounds 60.
However, a spokes- person for Proctor and Gamble, who make the top-selling Pampers, said: "No study has shown that washables
have an ecological advantage over disposables."
: Today, manufacturers are addressing environmental concerns with a trend toward developing washable
products that may prove as effective and convenient as the disposables.
You will need an extra car seat and all babies bring their own expenses in nappies (unless you have used cloth washables
, which last for at least two babies).
For example, sales were flat for machine-made rugs while washables
climbed 4.4 percent.
Specialty carpet stores saw a 2.5 percent decrease in the washables
. Home centers gained 1.8 percent of the market.
However, machine-mades continue to dominate with more than 50 percent of the market; handmades and washables
split the other half.
NEW YORK--Catalogs, as a distribution channel for rugs -- machine made, handmade, room-size, accents and washables
-- account for about 5 percent of the market or approximately $170 million in retail sales, and are growing.
Evelyn George, manager of Maytag's product-testing laboratory, said consumers want to protect their investments in clothes and other washables
by extending their lives and appearances.
Disposables, for example, are still perceived to have a cost advantage over washables
, in that adding washables
to linens increases laundry costs markedly.
Procter and Gamble, who make Pampers, said: "No study has shown washables
have an ecological advantage over disposable."