Absolutely you have a great point Ems and I was actually going to ask my favorite once I decide which I prefer before I buy more as I'm really curious about the factory conditions, I'd hate to think that a child is making my nappies for my baby. I think the reality in China is not perhaps as bad as we think in modern factories, different story out in the rural areas from what I understand. I'll let you know what the reply that I get about the subject is! In terms of carbon footprint and longevity of materials I'd say that there are a huge percentage of non Chinese made nappies that source their materials from China - it is the biggest textile maker in the world, particularly bamboo I'm not sure I've even seen it made elsewhere. So even nappies that are made close to home for you guys may well be made with material sourced from China to start with. For me to buy something from the UK and have it shipped that has already had the material shipped from China to the UK would increase my carbon footprint hugely, at least getting direct from there it is just one short boat ride
I think that overall it is still a far better option than someone using disposables if these nappies mean that they can afford it (even though any system will save money of course but people can't always see that if they are faced with hundreds of pounds/dollars to get set up). In terms of ethics I can't see that they can be less ethical than dispos either, as Amanda said are they not made in China too? It is still saving thousands of nappies from landfill and if we want to look at the humanitarian side we are providing jobs to those that really need it! I'll let you know what they say when I hear back from them.