Get happy about real nappy week in Hackney

New and expecting parents in Hackney can find out how to save money and have some fun at events to mark Real Nappy Week (16-22 May).

Real Nappy Week in Hackney is a fun and informative week of events organised by the Hackney Real Nappy Network with support from the Council. Highlights include a fashion show with information stall and retailers in Shoreditch; the real nappy teddy bear’s picnic and clothes swap in Dalston; and the Nappuccino event at Hackney City Farm, E2.

The annual, national awareness campaign provides support and advice to people who are keen to help protect the environment. To help them get started, the Council offers a £54 voucher to those who want to make the change to real nappies.

The money can be used to cover the costs of buying cloth nappies or using a laundering service. A local laundry service offers weekly collections and delivers a fresh supply of nappies for a similar cost to that of buying disposables. Using real nappies can save parents around £500 per baby when compared with disposables.

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Real Nappy Week is a great way for people to see how they can do their bit to help reduce waste in Hackney. The benefits of using real cloth nappies are huge - not only can you save money, but you can also do your bit for the environment.”

Events during Real Nappy Week:

Monday 16 May, 10.30am -12noon, Real Nappy Fashion Show at Shoreditch Spa, 120 Pitfield Street, N1 6JP. Come and see the most stylish nappies or bring your baby to model their favourite nappy. Booking essential, call Leo, on 020 8356 7930 or email

Wednesday 18 May, 12 - 2pm, Real Nappy Baby Clothes & Maternity Wear and Teddy Bear’s Picnic Swap at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF. Bring along any real nappies, baby clothes or maternity wear you no longer want or just come along to pick up some. Booking essential, call Leo on 020 8356 7930 or email

Thursday 19 May, 1 - 2pm, Make Your Own Wet Bag or Washable Wipe at The Create Place, 290 Old Ford Place, E2 9PJ. Join this workshop to create something for yourself or as a gift. Booking essential, £3 deposit fee, call 020 8980 2092 or email

Friday 20 May, 10.30am, Nappuccino at Hackney City Farm, 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA. For more information or to book contact Leo on 020 8356 7930 or email

Sunday 22 May, 12 - 5pm, real nappy information stall as part of the Well Street Common Festival, E9.

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