12 May 2011

Northamptonshire parents are being encouraged to try using washable nappies as part of Real Nappy Week which runs from May 16 to May 22.

Northamptonshire County Council, along with local district and borough council, 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. They are also easy to wash and air dry and tumble drying is not required.

Events will take place on the following dates:

Monday, May 16 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Real Nappy roadshow in Corby town centre.
Tuesday, May 17 9:30 a.m. to noon Real nappy roadshow in Brackley Children’s Centre
Wednesday, May 18 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Real nappy roadshow in Grosvenor Centre, Northampton
Thursday, May 19 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Real nappy roadshow in Newlands Centre, Kettering.

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.