It would be nice to have a constructive meaningful debate on this one. From what i can understand the uk is about to build a nappy/diaper recycling plant somewhere near Birmingham. Whether reusable or disposable nappies/ diapers are used, each system will impact on the enviroment one way or another. Disposable nappies/diapers use trees to make wood pulp, these in turn act to help absorb carbon dioxide. Plastic is required which is derived from oil, a finite raw material & is becoming increasingly difficult to tap. Most reusable nappies/diapers are made from cotton, a renewable raw material but there are enviromental & ethical issues associated with cotton production, with the use of pestisides being a major cause of concern. It would also be important to know that the cotton used in the production for your nappies/diapers for your own peace of mind is grown in a responsible way. Both systems use energy & water in their production, as do the washing of reusable nappies/diapers which require detergent to get them clean. Recycling nappies /diapers to reclaim constituent parts so they can be re used i think is a good thing, but again energy & water would be required to carry out this operation. From my own view point whilst i would like to see nappies/ diapers recycled there would have to be a net gain or there would be little point in recycling. To me it almost seems like a catch 22situation where neitherside wins, the nappies/ diapers would have to be collected & transported,etc again more energy required the list goes on. It would be good to here your comments, what do you folks think? ( i will just add that whilst writing this post i am wearing a disposable, but i am wearing alot more reusables now to try & reduce my Nappy/diaper footprint if that is possible to achieve given the above.