In the same year that the London Borough of Barnet and City of Westminster joined our voucher incentive scheme, bringing the total number of voucher participating boroughs up to ten – Barnet, Bexley, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth, Waltham Forest and Westminster City Council – Real Nappies for London launched its new logo alongside Wen and its other projects.

From 1st January to 21st December 2022, we issued 1,150 reusable nappy vouchers, where 761 have already been redeemed. Waltham Forest leading the year again with 211 vouchers issued (just shy by one voucher to match its 2021 figure).

We ran a total of 90 outreach events – 23 online and 67 in-person – ranging from reusable nappy demonstrations, info stalls with pop-up shops and talks at antenatal classes, reaching a total of 674 people living across London. 10 out of the 90 events were give and takes where families can pass-on and pick up for free, good quality second-hand reusable nappies, baby clothes and maternity wear.

In April 2022, we took part with Reusable Nappy Week – an international week raising awareness of the benefits of reusable nappies. We ran a series of information sessions, give & takes and reusable nappy fashion shows. We were joined by Hackney Nappy Network, North London Sling Library, Waltham Forest Cloth Nappy Library, Nappy Ever After, South London Nappies, Real Nappy Life and The Toy Library. Jenny also interviewed parents who have signed up to using a Washable Nappy Laundry Service and Cloth Nappy Library.

We also look back at all the informative blog posts Jenny has written throughout the year too!

Why Changing Time is the Best Time

Hello everyone, Jenny here! I am finally back from maternity leave (many, many thanks to the lovely Brynja for being more than the best maternity cover), and I am eager to share more of my previous year with you all.  Remember my last blog for Real Nappy Week 2021, on...
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Reusable Nappy Week 2022

Choose to Reuse: Reusable Nappy Week, 25th April - 1st May 2022  Co-ordinated by the UK Reusable Nappy Week Steering Committee, the Reusable Nappy Week of action, which runs internationally from 25th April - 1st May, aims to encourage the use of reusable cloth...

Our stall at the Bexley Eco Festival 2022

On Saturday (25th June 2022), Alice and I headed to Cygnet Square in Thamesmead for our stall at the Bexley Eco Festival 2022. After just restarting our in-person events this year, it felt amazing to speak to parents at a face-to-face festival that centred around...

How much plastic you can save with reusable nappies

This year, the Plastic Free Foundation has given people across the world their 31 Days of Plastic Free Choices, a calendar which shares great advice and ideas on how to reduce waste, and last Sunday (17th June) was the day for reusable nappies on the Plastic Free July...

Nappies that Don’t Cost the Earth: Buying and Washing Tips that save you Water, Energy and Money

You may have seen an increase in price of disposable nappies within the last year. The latest survey of baby banks, conducted by Little Village in September, showed that more families are now having to resort to reusing disposable nappies, or to using cheaper products...

Giving, Swapping, Sharing: How to “gift” reusable nappies for Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Excited shopping and scratching heads over what to buy for friends and family, including those who are expecting or already have little ones. Naturally we would suggest a reusable nappy, as they are truly an amazing present to provide for...

So, as we wrap up 2022, and festive holiday season fast approaches – whether that’s celebrating Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Shab-e Yalda, Christmas, Kwanzaa or Rohatsu – we would like to say a huge thank you to so many of you! All the families who have applied and redeemed a voucher; volunteers who have helped us with outreach activity; nappy networks; cloth nappy libraries; retailers; manufacturers; nappy laundry services; children’s centre staff; community midwives; health professionals and of course our Local Authority funders as well as our colleagues at Wen – all of your support and engagement with the scheme throughout 2022 has been so helpful and greatly appreciated.

If you’re thinking about starting reusable nappies in January then please join one of our reusable nappy information events. We have already added some sessions on our events diary with more to be added next month. Reusable Nappy Week will also be returning throughout 24th – 30th April 2023. There will be lots of exciting planning happening in the upcoming months and we can’t wait.

If you’re interested to get involved with our project through volunteering or in any other partnership working way, we’d love to hear from you. Contact: info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Alice & Jenny,
December 2022

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