Help stop the 3 billion throwaway

Media Release : 12 April 2012

Wealden District Council is urging young families to consider using real nappies as part of nationwide Real Nappy Week which runs from 16 - 22 April.

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The UK throws away 3 billion disposable nappies every year and 90% of these go straight to landfill. So why not consider ditching the disposables and try  washable nappies instead?

Using Real Nappies diverts waste from landfill and saves money too.  The average baby gets through 4,000 disposable nappies from birth to potty.  By using Real Nappies, parents can save at least £500 (more if the nappies are used on more than one child).

"As part of Real Nappy Week, we  are inviting Wealden families to try out our Real Nappy Trial Kit, which they can borrow free of charge," said Councillor Pam Doodes, Cabinet member with responsibility for recycling.   "You can  test a whole range of Real Nappy types and styles on your baby before you decide whether to buy some or not."

"There will also be an information display about  Real Nappies in the Atrium at Pine Grove, Crowborough and we'll be promoting their benefits through a number of Baby Groups across the District."

The Real Nappy Trial Kit holds everything parents need to road-test Real Nappies with their baby.  There are a range of Real Nappy types including shaped nappies, pocket and all-in-one nappies.  Also included are waterproof wraps, flushable liners, a laundry bag and a nappy bucket. 

Real Nappies and the Trial Kit will be on display the reception area at Pine Grove, Crowborough,  during Real Nappy Week from Monday 16 April.

Information will also be available at the following Baby Groups:

Monday 16 April   Bumps to Babies, Polegate Children's Centre                                                      (1pm - 2pm).

Tuesday 17 April  Bumps, Babies and Beyond, Health Clinic, Heathfield                                           (9.30am - 11.30am).

Friday 20 April     Bumps to Babies, Hailsham Children's Centre,                                                        (1pm  -  2.30pm).

More information about  the Real Nappy Week can be found out from the Real Nappy Information Service (external link).