Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Real Nappies Could Cut Northants Landfill

By Ben Aulakh

Parents in Northamptonshire are being asked to swap their disposable nappies for washable ones in a bid to reduce landfill and save money.

As part of ‘Real Nappy Week,’ which runs from May 16 to May 22 the County Council are hastong a series of events 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.

The roadshow kicked off on Monday with a roadshow in Corby town centre, other events will take place today in Brackley, in Northampton on Wednesday, and Kettering on Thursday.

More information on Real Nappy Week can be found on the council’s website.

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