Parents in Lambeth urged to use washable nappies as part of nationwide campaign


The campaign hopes to change attitudes.


By Seema Hakim

Parents in Lambeth are being urged to use real nappies instead of disposable ones to save money and reduce the amount of waste being sent for disposal.

This comes in light of Real Nappy Week which takes place between April 15 to 21 and has taken the theme of Real Nappies…Real Change!

The main aim is to change the routine of many parents who tend to choose throwaway nappies as an easier option and comes as part of Lambeth Council’s Cleaner and Greener Streets campaign.

“Real nappies are a lot easier to use than they used to be,” said Lambeth’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability, Cllr Imogen Walker.

“As well as being greener, there are financial benefits for parents too.

“It’s estimated you can save up to £650 per child by switching to real nappies.”

With 5000 babies being born in Lambeth alone each year, disposable nappies make up three per cent of household waste.

This is equivalent to approximately 2000 tonnes of waste accumulating to almost £300,000 a year to dispose of.

In London as a whole, 200,000 tonnes of disposable nappies are thrown away each year, costing the capital a staggering £20million.

In addition to this, reusable nappies have up to 40 per cent lower carbon impacts than the disposable other.

To tackle the issue and reduce the number of nappy waste, Lambeth council has introduced the Lambeth Real Nappy Pack.

This comes with a wash bag and contains three “all in one” and “one size fits all” style washable nappies, a roll of liners and a booster liner.

The council will also be holding an event on April 17 between 1 and 2pm at Brockwell Park One O’Clock Club to offer advice and help parents make the switch.

For more information, please email [email protected]

Photo courtesy of auntyemily, with thanks.

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