The last quarter of the financial year 2012/13 has just finished and we want to thank the growing number of parents, childminders and nurseries in London using washable nappies.
Based on our database we issued 1,387 vouchers last year (1 April ’12 to 31 March ’13). You have spent 942 of them already. Our database calulates that 3,110 babies were wearing washable nappies (bought with RNfL vouchers) during that period resulting in at least 620 tonnes of disposable nappy waste NOT going to landfill or incineration.
So you prevented over 3.3 million single-use nappies going to landfill and incineration during the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. This is great and we want to thank you.
If everyone who used RNfL vouchers used real nappies 100% of the time you changed around 931,000 real nappies in the last quarter of the year. That’s 71,610 real nappy changes every week, over 10,000 every day. And this doesn’t account for all of you who haven’t claimed vouchers but use real nappies you were given by friends and family, bought or acquired second-hand or just bought them without a voucher.
To give you a sense of what you have achieved by using real nappies you can look at the figures put out by the nappy recycling business Go Green . But it’s better than that because not only did you prevent disposable nappies going to landfill, incineration or recycling. You prevented those single-use nappies being manufactured, packaged, sent to the supermarket, transported to your home and then transported to the recycling plant.
Viva la revolution!