Make a real difference with real nappies

01st February 2005

The Three Rivers Real Nappy Campaign was born this week and is already taking its first steps towards success. The campaign launch took place on Monday 31st January with a local mother and baby group at the Skidmore Clinic, Rickmansworth, and has attracted support from across the district and beyond.

All those who came along to the launch signed a giant poster to show their support for the campaign; the poster will now toddle off around the district to encourage more people to sign up. The scheme has been officially backed by Watford Borough Council, Dacorum Borough Council and Hertsmere Borough Council who also provide real nappy schemes in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council.

Over the next few months, parents can look forward to real nappy giveaways, competitions and 'nappuchino' coffee mornings where they can find out more about the benefits of using real nappies.

Three Rivers District Council's award-winning real nappy scheme offers parents a cashback incentive if they 'dump the disposable' and switch to real nappies. Parents receive £80 if they use a nappy laundering service or £40 if they buy and wash their own real nappies.

The Council is encouraging parents to use real nappies and make a real difference not only to the environment but also to their pockets - using real nappies can save parents at least £500 per child. They are made from cotton and fasten with velcro or poppers with no need for safety pins, and wash at 60 degrees with no soaking required. Disposable nappies are sent to landfill sites at a cost of £52,000 in Three Rivers alone.

Leader of the Council Ann Shaw, who attended the launch, said:

"We are thrilled to be launching the Three Rivers Real Nappy Campaign, and to see so many people supporting us. Three Rivers District Council has a strong commitment to protecting the local environment and we encourage every family in Three Rivers to try real nappies and see the difference that they can make."

The campaign launch was also attended by Councillor Martin Trevett (Environment Portfolio), Councillor Phil Brading (Public Services & Health Portfolio), Council Chief Executive Dr Steven Halls, Maeve Murphy of the Women's Environmental Network, Margaret Collier of Watford & District Friends of the Earth, and Steven Reynolds of Watford & Three Rivers Primary Care Trust.

For more information on the Three Rivers Real Nappy scheme, residents can contact the Council on 01923 776611. All other Hertfordshire residents can contact their local council to find out about real nappy schemes in their area.