Celebrate Real Nappy Week and Learn all about Reusable Nappies
Ever thought about using cloth nappies? Then next week’s Real Nappy Week from 26 April – 4 May is the perfect time to begin exploring the myriad benefits of using washable nappies. You can meet other parents using washable nappies and get any questions you may have answered. Events are being held across the UK, including three in West London.
The Great Cloth Nappy Change kicks off Real Nappy Week on 26th April in an attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record of 8,301 cloth nappies changed in 182 locations in 15 countries. Just think that’s 8,301 nappies diverted from landfill in one go!
In the UK, we throw away 8 million disposable nappies every single day. Sadly, 90 percent of these will end up in landfill, where they will remain for hundreds of years slowly disintegrating. Some research even suggests this will take as long as 500 years. If William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth and Sir Winston Churchill had used disposable nappies, they would still be with us today!
While recycling rates in West London are going up, last year there was still 350,000 tonnes of rubbish thrown away. Disposable nappies make up seven percent of the total waste in West London, costing taxpayers £1.68 million. So while not everyone has a baby in nappies, we all have a financial stake in encouraging the use of cloth nappies as an alternative to disposables.
For families with children under the age of one, nappies make up half the total household waste. Before children are potty trained, they will use anywhere from 4,000-6,000 nappies. That’s the equivalent of one baby sending one tonne of waste to landfill before they’ve had the chance to fully understand what the environment is. Using washable nappies even just half the time would have a significant impact on reducing waste. There are also big cost savings for families using washable nappies.
Here at the WLWA we’ve calculated that using washable nappies could be up to 50 percent cheaper than using disposable nappies and that’s including the cost of washing: that’s a saving of £600. Our calculation is based on a child spending two and half years in standard range nappies, with the use of cotton wool for the first three months and then using wipes from 3 months onwards, as well as using one nappy sack when disposing of a used disposable nappy. Have a look at our chart below to compare the costs and don’t forget the environmental benefits of keeping waste out of landfill, which is priceless.
Disposable Nappy Kit
- 6,090 well-known brand disposable nappies @ £ 804.50
- 20,760 disposable wipes @ £ 326.00
- 4,500 cotton balls @£ 33.81
- 6,090 nappy sacks @ £ 63.64
Total cost £1,227.95
Washable Nappy Kit
- 15 One-Size Nappies
- 2 Fitted Nappies (for night time use)
- 1 Nappy Wrap to cover the night time nappy
- 1 16 Litre Nappy Bucket
- 2 reusable Mesh Bags (to line your nappy bucket)
- 1 reusable Wet Nappy Bag (for storing your nappies when out and about)
- 2 Rolls of Flushable Paper Liners
- 1 1kg Bag of Laundry Detergent specially for washable nappies
Total @ £ 265.00
- 3 one size nappies @ £ 38.00
- 1 Size 2 nappyfor night time use @ £ 11.95
- Packet of Washable Wipes @ £25.00
- Flushable Liners 58 rolls @ £ 145.28
- Bamboo booster Inserts for the fitted nappies@ £ 16.90
- Washing Cost £1 per week for two & half years @ £ 130.00
Total Cost £632.13
Still not convinced? Why not come to one of our nappy natter or nappuccino events during Real Nappy Week. You can talk to other parents who have used washable nappies, as well as discuss any problems or questions you may have. There will also be a range of nappies on display to show just how colourful and wonderful real nappies have become. Don’t miss out – the environment and your wallet will thank you!
Monday, 28 April 2014
The Nest- A Baby Lounge
132 Pinner Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 4JE
Tuesday 29 April 2014
9:30am – 10:30am
Brentford Children’s Centre
North Road, Brentford, TW8 0BJ
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Lampton Road Children’s Centre
Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN