Real Nappy Week 2019

For Immediate Release

Real Nappy Week is about the positive steps people can take to raise awareness and encourage the uptake of reusable cloth nappies as an alternative to single-use nappies.

Starting on Earth Day Monday 22nd April 2019 and also leading into the week 29th April 2019, there will be additional opportunities to participate with fun reusable nappy campaigns, learn about reusable nappies online and in person at nappy demos taking place across London and the UK.

Real Nappies for London will be running an online photo competition and writing competition; running reusable nappy demos and a real nappy meet up to offer face-to-face support; as well as asking the public to contact their local MP to support the Nappies (Environmental Standards) Bill, a Private Members Bill launched by Scottish MP David Linden earlier in March.

The Nappies Bill will establish an industry and government-led campaign to promote reusable nappies in the UK and incentivise Local Authorities across the country to roll out reusable nappy incentive schemes like the Real Nappies for London voucher scheme. By hearing from parents who have benefitted from reusable nappy schemes, we hope more action will be taken to support and pass this bill.

Alice Walker, Project Manager at London Community Resource Network says, “Real Nappies for London welcomes MP David Linden’s proposed Nappies Bill giving parents and carers a more informed nappy choice. The Government is right to look at reducing the reliance on disposable nappies along with other single-use plastics and by coming together to share best practice this can be best achieved.”

Did you know that the plastic consumption of the average daily use of single-use nappies is equivalent to throwing away seven plastic bags per day to incineration and landfill? Using reusable nappies means less waste and less plastic. Even the occasional use will still make a major difference to preventing the 8 million single-use nappies thrown away every day in the UK.

Modern reusable nappy designs make using, washing and drying easy. There is a variety of different types available that are fast drying and just as easy to put on as a disposable nappy. The use of natural fabrics also means no superabsorbent chemicals against baby’s skin.

“We encourage parents to share their reusable nappies experiences and routines. To normalise the use and show that it’s not that difficult as people may think. It does not have to be all in, parents can take a mix and match approach to what works best for them.”

There are many ways parents and carers can get started with reusable nappies via incentive schemes such as the Real Nappies for London voucher scheme (participating London Boroughs only), UK Cloth Nappy Libraries, or picking up preloved reusable nappies for free at events like Real Nappy Give and Takes. Reusable nappies can be bought new from a list of manufacturers and retailers via our website.

Read our positive steps for change this Real Nappy Week, by visiting:

www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/real-nappy-week-2019

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Notes to Editor

Real Nappies for London was set up by the Women’s Environmental Network in 2007 and is currently administered by the charity London Community Resource Network.

Seven London boroughs (Bexley, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth and Waltham Forest) currently offer a voucher incentive scheme administered by Real Nappies for London. Parents with a baby under 18 months, or parent-to-be, living in the borough, are eligible to apply for a free real nappy voucher up to £54.15 to get started with reusable nappies to reduce Local Authority Collected Waste.

City of London has a reusable nappy incentive scheme which is not administered by Real Nappies for London.

The London Borough of Lewisham has joined Real Nappies for London in the 2019/20 financial year to show their support for reusable nappies. If you are a Local Authority officer and would like to know more about the sign-up options, please get in touch.

The Nappies (Environmental Standards) Bill:

25% of a disposable nappy is plastic with a further 4% being adhesive. A baby over the first 2.5 years of their life will go through 4,000 nappy changes totalling 38.2kg of plastic sent to incineration or landfill.

Contact Information

Alice Walker – availability during Real Nappy Week: 25th April – 5th May 2019
Project Manager London Community Resource Network | Real Nappies for London 020 3150 2023 info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk

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