Disposable nappies currently account for more than 4.3 million tonnes of waste in landfill, with 27.4 billion nappies being used per year and each nappy taking over 500 years to decompose.

While many parents would like to use environmentally responsible alternatives, cloth nappies usually require a double or triple wash, consuming vast amounts of water, and can be difficult to manage while travelling. Vask is a manual cloth nappy container that addresses both of these issues, allowing parents to easily wash and store nappies on the move. The nappy is placed inside the collapsible device, which is then filled with water and shaken. A small cap is then removed to let the dirty water out, before folding the device into itself and storing the nappy until the user arrives home for it to be laundered.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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