Nappy happy competition win

PR 35508th June 2005

A Kings Langley mum-to-be won't have to worry about keeping her baby in nappies, thanks to a competition run by Three Rivers District Council.

The Three Rivers Real Nappy Campaign launched a competition in March offering parents the chance to win a 'birth to potty pack' of real nappies, which will last for the whole of a baby's nappy-wearing life. Entrants were asked to guess the answer to 'How many babies were born in Three Rivers in 2003?'

Lucky winner Sinead Thorpe, whose baby is due in September, will have her real nappy prize made to order by local manufacturer LoveBums. The 'birth to potty pack' consists of cotton real nappies, which fasten with poppers and are easily machine washable.

Sinead, a religious education teacher at St Joan of Arc school in Rickmansworth, was delighted when told she had won the competition:

"We're absolutely delighted about winning; the environmentally friendly aspect of using real nappies is what really interested us. We had no idea of the difference that can be made, and we are hoping to use our real nappies the whole time. It's really important that people are made aware of the different choices available to them."

Leader of the Council Ann Shaw said:

"This competition was a great way to introduce parents to the benefits of real nappies, as making the switch can sometimes be daunting. New generation real nappies are so different from and easier to use than the ones that many people may remember. Through the Real Nappy Campaign we are encouraging families to try out real nappies and make a real difference - they cost much less than disposables, so parents can look after their pockets as well as the environment."

Sinead's win comes ahead of national Real Nappy Week, which takes place from 20 - 26 June. The Council is planning a variety of events across the district throughout the week; look out for more information coming soon.

The Council is supporting the Women's Environmental Network in criticising the recent Life Cycle Analysis report, which inaccurately compared the environmental impacts of disposable and real nappies.

The Council's incentive scheme offers parents up to £80 cashback for using real nappies; contact 01923 776611 for more information.