Families could save money on nappies – Find out how at one of our Nappy Natters events

NewsUpdated: 26 October 2023Community and living

It’s time to talk about nappies – reusable nappies that is as families are urged to join in at one of the council’s Nappy Natters demonstrations this November.

Did you know that babies need at least 4,000 nappy changes in their first 2.5 years of life? At a time when costs are high, swapping over to reusable nappies could not only save families money but also reduce their carbon footprint and waste sent to landfill.

That is why Three Rivers District Council is working with local nappy experts Stork and The Bees to deliver the in-person talks at various libraries across the district that offer ongoing support, advice, demonstrations and rental options to those waiting to use reusable nappies, wipes and baby slings/carriers.

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: "Many brands of nappies contain high quantities of plastic, meaning nappies can remain in landfills for centuries and produce microplastics. Currently, 15,800 tonnes of nappy waste is created in Hertfordshire each year, costing over £1.7m each year to dispose of.

“On top of this, switching to reusables can save families money, particularly if buying second-hand, using the council’s 15% discount, if you take part in nappy swaps, or sell them after using them. You don’t need to switch full-time, even swapping one a day, for nighttime, or just while you’re at home can have a massive impact."

See the full schedule below:

- Croxley Green Library: Tuesday 7 November 10:30am - 12.30pm with Stork and the Bees [NOW CANCELLED].

- Abbots Langley Library: Friday 10 November 10:30am – 11:30am

- Oxhey Library: Tuesday 14 November 11.45am – 12:45am

- Rickmansworth Library: Thursday 16 November 11am – 12am

Stork and The Bees is our local Nappy Library for reusable nappy hiring. Sessions run on the first Tuesday of every month in Croxley Green Library – so if you are unable to make an event this November, you can visit them there.