Real nappies Bill launched in Hackney
A Nappy (Environmental Standards) Bill was launched this week at a Hackney Real Nappies Network event at the Round Chapel in Clapton.
The Bill is being brought forward by David Linden MP and is supported by local MP Meg Hillier, and alongside a system wide change in nappy manufacture the Bill contains an incentive for local authorities across the UK to provide reusable nappy vouchers and more information for parents.
Hackney Council is currently one of the few local authorities in the country to offer reusable nappy vouchers through the Real Nappies for London Scheme, with the invaluable support of the Hackney Real Nappies Network. Since 2007, real nappies have helped to avoid 1,300 tonnes of disposable nappies in the borough, while parents who have chosen reusable nappies have not only received £144,000 by claiming 2,666 real nappy vouchers, but by not having to buy reusable nappies, families using real nappies in the borough have collectively saved almost £1.5m.
My wife and I used the Real Nappies for London scheme to obtain modern, cotton nappies for both of our children, which we found convenient, far less likely to cause nappy rash, and simple to clean. The Hackney Real Nappy Network was also great at providing advice on how to get the best out of real nappies. When we no longer needed them, we were even able to donate our nappies back to the Network to be used by other parents.
As the world increasingly seeks to address environmentally ruinous consumption, and Council’s grapple with the increasing costs of waste disposal, a return to real nappy use is one of the many ways we can tackle these pressing issues whilst also making life easier for parents, saving families money, reducing plastic waste. Hackney will continue to support the use of real nappies, and hopes to contribute to an increase in their popularity across the borough and beyond.