Real nappy benefits 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 (27 April - 3 May).

The annual, national awareness campaign provides support and advice to people who are keen to help protect the environment. Events in Hackney include a cloth nappy fashion show, where babies can strut their stuff on the catwalk. There will also be an information stall at Stoke Newington farmers’ market. People will be encouraged to share their experiences and offer advice to other parents planning to make the switch to real nappies.

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The benefits of using real cloth nappies are huge, not only in terms of reducing the environmental impact, but also with the financial savings that can be made.”

It is possible to save around £500 per baby if parents wash nappies instead of using disposables. Currently around three per cent of UK waste comes from disposable nappies.

To help people get started, the Council offers a £54 subsidy for those who make the change. The money can be used to cover the costs of buying cloth nappies or using a laundering service. Local laundry services offer weekly collections and deliver a fresh supply of nappies for a similar cost to that of buying disposables.

For more information call 020 7324 4709, or visit:

• 25 April, 10am-2.30pm. Information stall at Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market, William Patten School, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16.
• 30 April, 10.30am-12noon. Real nappy fashion show, Islington Ecology Centre, 191 Drayton Park, N5. Free. Places limited, booking essential. To book, or volunteer as a model, call Ander on 020 8356 3806 or email:


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