Essex parents offered cash incentive to switch to reusable nappies

This week is Real Nappy Week, aimed at reducing the number of disposable nappies in landfill, curren

This week is Real Nappy Week, aimed at reducing the number of disposable nappies in landfill, currently estimated at 3,000,000,000 per year in England and Wales alone. - Credit: Archant

Parents are being encouraged to ditch disposable nappies and switch to an environmentally-friendly alternative.

Real Nappy Week aims at encouraging the use of cloth nappies, which are seen as a natural and gentle alternative to the staggering eight million disposable nappies that are thrown away every day.

The national week-long initiative is to raise awareness of the benefits of using cloth nappies - also known as real, cotton, reusable, or washable.

“As a mother of a one-year-old, and as someone who uses washable nappies, I am aware of just how much waste can be diverted from landfill by not using disposables,” said Cat Chapman, street services operations manager at Uttlesford District Council.

“Reusable nappies offer a real alternative and there are a number of reasons to make the switch to cloth nappies – they are more eco-friendly, can be up to £1,000 cheaper to use compared to disposables, and can help with potty-training.

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To give parents a helping hand to give cloth nappies a try, Essex County Council runs a scheme where residents can claim £30 back against a purchase of cloth nappies to help parents to try cloth nappies.

To find out more, visit The £30 refund is available for parents who live in the Essex County Council area and have either bought cloth nappies or signed up to a nappy laundering service in the last 12 months. The pdf voucher can be downloaded from

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