Happy in a real nappy

PUBLISHED: 10:47 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:40 06 May 2010

Mary Sullivan with daughter Hannah

Mary Sullivan with daughter Hannah

PARENTS in Comet country are being encouraged to ditch the disposables and switch to real nappies. This week is Real Nappy Week and councils across the area are supporting the event. They are keen to see people switch to washable nappies to help cut down

PARENTS in Comet country are being encouraged to ditch the disposables and switch to real nappies.

This week is Real Nappy Week and councils across the area are supporting the event.

They are keen to see people switch to washable nappies to help cut down on waste as nearly three billion nappies are thrown away in the UK every year, with up to 90 per cent of these ending up in landfill sites.

To help encourage residents, Bedfordshire County Council is sending its recyclable trailer to Biggleswade town centre between 9am and 3pm today (Thursday).

A real nappy trailer will also be in Stevenage town centre today.

Both councils are also offering the possibility of cash back for parents who use real nappies.

One woman from Stevenage who does not need converting is Mary Sullivan, 32, from The Hornbeams, who has used real nappies on both her children.

Mrs Sullivan said: "You're doing your bit for the future of your children, you're doing your bit for the environment, you're saving yourself money."

Although Mrs Sullivan admits that real nappies do need to be changed more frequently than disposables, she maintains that they do not require much more effort.

"I have to be a bit organised and get into a routine but I wouldn't have said there's a lot of difference," she said.

Real nappies have come a long way from their terry towelling predecessors and come in various shapes and styles.

Most commonly, a soft inner is used, with a waterproof wrap around the outside, both of which come ready made and with poppers or Velcro so no folding is needed.

A liner sheet, which is often flushable, is used to keep the inner layer cleaner.

Dirty inner layers can be kept in a sealed bin until they are ready to be washed or taken away by a laundry service.

* For more information on real nappies, visit www.realnappycampaign.com

Mary Sullivan runs Naturally Mum, which supplies real nappies. For more information, visit www.naturally-mum.co.uk or ring 01438 359025.


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