|Nappies: Get Real
(L-R) Lisa Woodger and Ellen Belshaw with baby Martha and mum Claire.
“I thought it was still all pins and boil washes.”
That was the observation from nearly 200 Wigan mums when the real nappy roadshow came to town. But once they’d seen how easy and convenient modern nappies are – the team found that concerns just bottomed out.
As part of Real Nappy Week, the council’s environmental education team spoke to parents and expectant parents in Wigan Market about how things have progressed since the old days of terry nappies – and even since the current trend for throwaways.
Ellen Belshaw, waste education officer, says: “Every day, around 8 million disposable nappies are used in the UK. That means Britain’s babies getting through 500,000 tonnes of disposable nappies every year, the majority of which end up in landfill sites.”
Ellen and the team told parents that real nappies are a great alternative to disposables with benefits for the environment, people’s pockets and most importantly, their baby.
They were joined by Lisa Woodger, real nappy guru and founder of Birth2Potty, a social enterprise which makes and sells real nappies, and also runs regular meetings and workshop for interested parents.
Lisa says there are important eco benefits: “Choosing real nappies will halve your weekly rubbish. Washing them at home could save parents on average around £700 on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies - or considerably more if you use the same nappies on any further children you have. This saving even takes into account all the laundry costs of energy and detergent. With the variety of nappy systems available, there is one for every budget.”
Ellen adds: “Real nappies can also be beneficial to your baby as, unlike disposables, real nappies do not contain synthetic chemical gels and therefore are kinder to your baby’s skin.”
Cllr Kevin Anderson, the cabinet’s new champion for the environment, says: “Looking to the future is vital as we look to save resources and avoid sending things to costly landfill. We are improving services for everyone, and here’s a modern way to give your child a really positive start in life.”
For more information on real nappies visit www.goreal.org.uk or if you would like to know more about Birth2Potty visit www.birth2potty.com