Eight million disposable nappies are thrown into landfill every day in Britain. It’s time to change the world, one nappy at a time!
Real Nappy Week is when parents and carers around the country are encouraged to put disposable nappies to one side and give washable cloth nappies a go. Even if you’ve never used reusable nappies before, it’s the perfect time to consider the benefits.
For one thing, it is reported that switching to cloth nappies could save you up to £500 per year. Even if you still choose to use disposables some of the time, using reusable nappies (for example when you’re at home) could still represent a hefty saving at a time when young families are increasingly squeezed for cash.
Real nappies look good, feel good and are good for the environment. CRNS actively campaigns for real nappies as it meets with our charitable objective of conserving and protecting the physical and natural environment by reducing the proliferation of landfill sites, and in particular through the promotion of sustainable waste management.
Every year, seven million trees are chopped down to produce nappies for the UK market and a massive eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK – in fact, they make up half the waste of a family with a child under one.
What’s the cost?
The average cost of keeping a baby in disposable nappies for 2-3 years is £1,200 per baby. Every day in the UK a staggering eight million disposable nappies are thrown away, inevitably ending up in landfill, where it is estimated they will take up to 500 years to break down.
Commenting on Real Nappy Week Helen Forrest, Head of Communications at CRNS said: ‘Real Nappy Week is the perfect opportunity for us to promote the alternatives to disposable nappies to parents across Scotland and to massively reduce the amount of disposable nappy waste sent to landfill.
‘Human beings have become accustomed to the single use life, use it, throw it, start again, and repeat. This has to change!
If all babies wore one Cloth Nappy a day throughout their time in nappies that would be over 813,200 nappies not going to landfill each year – think of the savings! Depending on your personal nappy choices calculations show that you could save anywhere from £150 – £1000. And it’s not just landfill that will benefit from the change, but our wider environment as well.’
LOOKING FOR A REAL NAPPY PROJECT NEAR YOU?
Address: 36 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh EH6 5PY
Tel: 0131 555 4010, www.changeworks.org.uk
108 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1EP
Tel: 01463 711876, www.everything-baby.org.uk
34 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 2AN
Tel: 0141 423 2299, www.merrygoroundglasgow.co.uk
The Nappy Network
Tel: 0845 201 2609, www.nappynetwork.org.uk
Perth & Kinross Nappy Project
Perth and Kinross
Tel: 01738 476476, www.pkc.gov.uk/nappies
11 King Street, Bathgate EH48 1NU
Tel: 01506 815534, www.kidzeco.net
Good Green Fun
John Player Bldg, Stirling Enterprise Park, Stirling FK7 7RP
Tel: 01786 849216, www.goodgreenfun.co.uk
WANT TO HELP?
£50 will enable CRNS to work with our members to purchase 20 terry nappies to give to new mothers in need and help us to work with local authorities and a range of parent support groups, to provide vouchers to parents wanting to stop using disposable nappies, significantly helping with the initial cost.