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Recycling Old Diapers Into Furniture?

June 16th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh


In Scotland they’re recycling old diapers into outdoor furniture. Huh? My bottom line here is No Thanks. I’ll stick with my Polywood furniture, made out of recycled milk jugs. I’d rather recycle something from the beginning of the babyfood process rather than the end.



Now I’m all for recycling but this idea sounds like it’s gone a bit too far.  In Scotland they’re recycling old diapers into outdoor furniture.

Are you serious?  We have a beautiful line of recycled plastic outdoor furniture at Vermont Woods Studios that’s made from recycled milk jugs, and customers love it.

But dirty diapers?  I understand that disposable diapers do have a huge impact on the environment (in Scotland a whopping 450,000 diapers end up in a landfill every day) but is recycling them into furniture really the answer?  I don’t know.

I guess we’ll see as the recycling project funded by Zero Waste Scotland gets to the bottom of this issue over the next several weeks.

A note to new mothers and other diapering experts:  drop by my neighbor’s very popular Green Mountain Diapers Facebook page to register your opinion about changing dirty diapers into outdoor furniture.

For me, I think I’ll stick with milk jugs.


3 Responses to “Recycling Old Diapers Into Furniture?”

  1. Home furnishings says:

    Id assume that they would at least clean the diapers before making them into furniture lol. As long as they dont tell that the benches are made from X Im fine lol.

  2. Ari Z says:

    Now that is a recycling program I’ve never heard of before! I can’t imagine what they’ll have to do to those diapers to make a furniture making material out of them. But more power to whoever figures it out!

  3. trolley castors says:

    Recycling is the answer to have a zero waste country. Old diaper’s to new furniture? Well, nothing is impossible. If it is can be, that is a good news because diaper is one biggest contributor of waste.

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