Next year sees the 10th birthday of Real Nappies for London!  Established by WEN in 2007, this pioneering scheme encourages parents to reduce nappy waste by giving them a voucher to try washable nappies.  The London boroughs of Bexley, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest have all joined the Real Nappies for London voucher scheme. Whilst around 5% of parents choose real nappies, many find it difficult to see why they should wash nappies given the prevalence of disposable ones in the market today.  

A baby that wears disposable nappies from birth to potty training produces almost a tonne of nappy waste, costing the local authority approximately £150 for collection and disposal, with 8 billion disposable nappies thrown away each year in the UK. The total cost of nappy waste to Londoners is estimated to be £20 million per year. 

Parents who choose washable nappies don’t just appreciate the cost saving of up to £1,200 for the first baby and the feel good factor of avoiding waste, they also praise their performance.  Real nappies today are designed to fit the baby so that there are no leaks, and are made from high-tech fabrics that are easy to clean and quick to dry.

All parents with babies under 18 months, living in London boroughs that join the Real Nappies for London scheme, can apply for a voucher of up to £54. 

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