The house that nappies built... - OK&CO.

The house that nappies built...

Welcome to OK&CO, the eco nappy + wipe company! Today, we’re taking a look at one of the most innovative ways people are reusing + recycling disposable nappies. 

Have you heard of the latest trial to build homes with used disposable nappies? Now that’s taking sustainability to a whole new level! We’re not sure if it was a case of “out of the nappy + into the fire” but some architects + engineers have trialled using used disposable nappies to build homes. 

In an attempt to solve two environmental problems at once, researchers at the University of Kitakyushu in Japan have found that shredded nappies can be used to replace between 9-40% of the sand used in making concrete without reducing its strength.

The researchers found that using waste to create homes had more ecological benefits than incinerating it. The study says: “Compared to other waste management methods such as incineration + co-firing, the recycling of disposable diapers as concrete components has more significant benefits regarding carbon emissions + eco-costs. As a result, the study intends to tackle the problem of housing provision by creating building materials from non-degradable waste, which is cost-effective while meeting building standards.”

While it sounds a bit stinky, to say the least, It’s actually a great way to reduce the amount of waste we generate as a society, but also a great way to provide homes for those who need them. 

At OK&CO, we know that reducing our waste is essential for protecting the planet + our children’s future. That’s why we’re proud to offer eco-friendly nappies + wipes that are made from renewable materials. So if you’re looking to do your bit to reduce your waste + help the environment, why not give us a try? Who knows, maybe one day we’ll all be living in homes made from used OK&CO. nappies!

Yours in eco consciousness. 

Team OK&CO. 

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Building homes with recycled disposable nappies is an extraordinary example of innovative sustainability! Repurposing used diapers for construction materials showcases a remarkable shift towards reducing waste and finding creative solutions. It’s fascinating to see architects and engineers exploring such groundbreaking ideas, underscoring the importance of reusing resources. Initiatives like the one mentioned at highlight the potential for recycling technologies to transform waste materials into valuable resources, paving the way for a more sustainable future. This trial represents a compelling step towards redefining how we view and utilize disposable items, turning what was once considered waste into functional, eco-friendly building materials.


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