23 April 2010

Northamptonshire parents are being encouraged to try using washable nappies as part of Real Nappy Week which runs from April 26 to May 2.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, which consists of Northamptonshire County Council and the district and borough councils, is hosting a series of events across the county to demonstrate how ‘real’ nappies can save not just the environment but money too.

Every year in the UK, about three billion disposable nappies are thrown away with about 90 per cent ending up in landfill sites. It is estimated that parents who use washable nappies from birth to potty can save approximately £500.

Most nappies are made from plastic which does not rot down; in fact, the first disposable nappies created in the 1970s are still sitting in landfill sites not having rotted away during the last few decades.

A modern real nappy is very different to the old fashioned nappies people may remember from when they were young. It is no longer necessary to boil, soak, use pins or fold a real nappy and they come in a variety of styles, materials and colours. They are shaped like a disposable nappy and normally fasten with Velcro or poppers.

Events will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 28 – Real Nappy roadshow in Market Square, Northampton. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 29 – Real nappy roadshow in Corby town centre, Corby. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 30 – Real nappy roadshow in New Street, Daventry. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Nationally, Real Nappy Week has been organised by Go Real, the real nappy information service. More events will also be held outside of Real Nappy Week, details of which will be published on the county council’s website.

For further information contact Jo Hackney on 01604 237332. To find out more about Real Nappy Week contact Rebecca Rapson at Go Real, on 0845 850 0606 or email Rebecca@goreal.org.uk