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Saturday 24 December 2016

It’s a real ‘nappy’ Christmas and New Year for Cheshire East parents


Real nappies are making a remarkable comeback in Cheshire East with a record number of parents taking advantage of the council’s real nappy incentive scheme this year.

In 2016, more than 120 parents requested real nappy kits or a £25 shopping voucher. During Real Nappy Week, 57 real nappies were given out.

Switching to real nappies can provide several financial benefits for your family. ‘Go Real’ - a real nappy information service – predicts that swapping from disposables could save parents anywhere from £100-£1000 during their child’s early life.

With disposable nappies costing an average of 16 pence each, UK parents are spending about half a billion pounds on them every year. The benefits of real nappies are not purely financial either. Switching to them is also great for the environment.

The majority of babies born in England and Wales will be in disposable nappies, which equates to three billion every year. This translates to 355,000 tonnes and a staggering cost of £32 million to local authorities and the taxpayer for their disposal.

As well as potentially saving parents up to £1000, changing to real nappies also represents a 40% carbon saving.

The Real Nappy Incentive Scheme is a year round campaign which offers the choice of either a £25 shopping voucher or a real nappy sample kit, which comprises two real nappies, nappy liners, and a start-up guide.

Lucinda Hodges, waste education officer for Cheshire East’s arms length company Ansa said: “We will always encourage parents in Cheshire East to use real nappies, and our incentive scheme gives them even more of a reason to do so. It is incredible to see how much the scheme has progressed over the years, so I hope that the take-up increases even more in 2017!

“This has been a great success for Ansa and the council this year. Cheshire East is committed to meeting waste and recycling targets. Encouraging parents and guardians to use real nappies is a great way of helping to achieve that goal.”

Those wishing to apply for either a shopping voucher or sample kit can download an application form from the Cheshire East Council website: by searching for ‘real nappies’.

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