Competition takes its first steps

15th March 2005

Parents in Three Rivers have the chance to win a complete supply of real nappies for their baby, thanks to a competition launched by Three Rivers District Council today.

The competition asks parents to guess the answer to the following question:

"How many babies were born in Three Rivers in 2003?" The lucky winner will receive a 'birth to potty pack' of real nappies, made to order by a local manufacturer and designed to fit their baby as he or she grows.

The competition, part of the Three Rivers Real Nappy Campaign launched in January, will run until 22 April. Entry forms are being distributed to clinics and mother and baby groups across the district.

The Three Rivers Real Nappy Campaign has the backing of Watford & District Friends of the Earth, the Women's Environmental Network, Watford and Three Rivers Primary Care Trust, and the Hertfordshire WasteAware Partnership.

Modern real nappies are more comfortable and convenient to use than the old-fashioned terry nappies that many may remember. They are made from cotton and fasten easily with Velcro or poppers, with no need for safety pins. They wash at 60o with no need to soak, and come in a variety of styles, patterns and colours. Disposable nappies are sent to landfill at a cost of £52,000 per year in Three Rivers alone, and they take 200-500 years to break down.

Councillor Martin Trevett, Environment Portfolio Holder, said

"This competition is a great way to introduce parents to the benefits of real nappies, while also saving money - always a concern for new parents. Using real nappies is a simple way for families to do their bit to protect the local environment for future generations."

Parents wishing to enter who do not have an entry form can email their guess to, with their name, address, and contact telephone number.

The closing date for entries is 22 April 2005; the winner will be notified shortly afterwards.

Three Rivers District Council operates an award-winning real nappy incentive scheme; parents can receive up to £80 cashback for buying and laundering their own nappies. The scheme was awarded both Overall Winner and Best Real Nappy Scheme (large schemes category) at the Women's Environmental Network Awards for Real Nappies in 2004. Residents can contact the Council on 01923 776611 for more information.