Composting Your Little & Brave Wee Nappies FAQ
As our Nappies are becoming more and more popular around the country we saw the need to offer a solution to reduce our nappies in other parts of the country which are filling our already crowded landfills.
Within the Auckland region we are also aware that the carbon footprint of bringing the bulk of the nappies back to our composting HQ is creating a carbon footprint. We would like to reduce this carbon footprint as much as possible across the board and have less cars on the road.
As much as possible if each person can create their own circular system at home with their wee nappies we can keep less cars off the road, reducing this carbon footprint.
Below are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare the Compost Bin before I place in my wee nappies:
Prepare your compost bin by placing a 30cm deep layer of dense high carbon amendments (dry leaves, shredded paper, dried grass, toilet paper rolls etc).
If you already have an established compost bin place a smaller layer of dense high carbon amendments on the top.
How do I compost the nappies?
Shred your Little & Brave Wee Nappies lengthwise and place into your compost with a mix of your daily food scraps, green leaves, coffee grinds, grass clippings (green waste) and dried leaves, shredded paper, dried grass, toilet paper rolls (brown waste).
We also recommend the use of Biochar to be added when you establish your compost mix. Biochar provides an amazing home for the microbes that live in the compost. One Kilogram of Biochar is recommended to boost a 220 litre compost bin.
Spray with water to dampen all items in the compost regularly to stop the compost drying out.
Turn your compost every week and mix with additional food waste (green) and dried leaves (brown waste) with a shovel to aerate your compost.
What is Biochar?
Biochar is charcoal used as a soil amendment which is rich in carbon. It is a light fluffy material that can hold lots of water. Helping buffer moisture and aeration in compost piles. You can purchase Biochar on our website.
Do I need to use the Biochar to compost the nappies?
No you don’t. You will still produce a fantastic compost without it. Adding in coffee grinds is a great boost to the compost when Biochar is not available.
Can the Little & Brave Wee Nappy go into a worm farm?
We do not advise putting your Little & Brave Nappy in the worm farm. Worms prefer to eat a diet of raw and cooked food and vegetable scraps from your kitchen, plus brown waste such as dried leaves.
How many nappies can I put into the compost?
Always ensure that nappies are no more than 20% of the established compost mix.
Can I compost my poo nappies?
Due to safety and health reasons we do not recommend composting the poo nappies at home. Poo has more specific conditions which it needs to be present to ensure pasteurisation.
As each home compost is so varied in size and temperature, we are not confident that the poo will be kept at the consistent temperature where the necessary conditions, (consistent, monitored, reliable heat) is present to ensure pasteurisation occurs and pathogens are removed.
We do not recommend poo nappies be disposed of in your home compost at any point due to these reasons.
Can I still return my nappies?
Yes you can, Please drop them off at our drop off points. If you are going to hold on to your poo nappies and return them to us less frequently, please use the double bag method to reduce the bag ripping due to possible bag deterioration.
Can I compost the wet wipes?
99% of the time wet wipes are used to wipe away poo, which we don’t recommend goes into the home compost. Without poo they can be composted.
For an in-depth composting process please see our Little & Brave Wee Nappies Home Composting Process which contains more tips and easy to follow instructions.