Annual Real Nappy Week Celebrates Twentieth Year

June 17, 2016

Parents in Cheshire East have been learning the benefits of using an alternative to disposable nappies during Real Nappy Week. The event, now in its twentieth year, was packed with events running from 18 to 24 of April.

Go Real, the Real Nappy Information Service, aims to encourage parents to swap disposable nappies for a cloth alternative, potentially saving parents anywhere from £100 to £1000, which in turn could make up to a 40% carbon saving. One child can use 3,000 disposables during their time in nappies.

During Real Nappy Week, eight sessions run by Ansa Environmental Services, were held throughout Crewe and Macclesfield hospitals and children’s centres. 117 parents and parents-to-be learned about the benefits of switching to real nappies via the Cheshire East Incentive Scheme. The scheme runs all year round and offers either a £25 shopping voucher or two free reusable nappies, as well as advice and support. 

2015 - 2016 has seen a record number of families taking advantage of the scheme, increasing by just over 90% to 92 families compared to the year 2014 -15 with 48 families. This almost tripled when compared to the figure from 2012 -13 which was 31 families. 

Ansa Board member, Councillor Steven Hogben, said: “It is very encouraging to see such a large increase in parents taking advantage of this scheme. Ansa are working hard to see the amount of waste derived from disposable nappies reduced.”

Ansa Real Nappy Co-ordinator, Lucinda Hodges has expressed her delight in the recent rise in real nappy use, “This has been a record year for parents taking on Real Nappies. Visiting local children’s centres and hospitals was a great opportunity to meet parents and encourage them to try real nappies. Their actions could help reduce the number of disposable nappies going to landfill”.

For more information on Real Nappies, please visit the Cheshire East Council Real Nappies page.

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