I issued the following press release on 09.06.2006
nappy fashions on show in 10th anniversary Real Nappy Week
Lynne Jones joins more than 147 other MPs, MEPs, Welsh AMs and
MSPs to celebrate the 10th anniversary Real Nappy Week from 24-30 April.
Fashion shows, nappuccino coffee mornings and
hundreds of other events across the UK and abroad will reveal how far real nappies have
come in the last decade. No longer just an eco and economic option, real nappies are
now a fashionable lifestyle choice.
Biba Hartigan of Womens Environmental Network, which is
co-ordinating the week, says, There are nappies to suit all tastes: bright and funky
Day-Glo, leopardskin and tie-dye prints, classic whites and pastels in fluffy
fleece, silky-soft bamboo or organic hemp fabrics, and a choice of snug-fitted styles.
Lynne Jones said, I am very glad to be supporting this
worthwhile campaign again. Real nappies save money and waste and its great to
see how many styles and options are now available to parents.
I am particularly pleased that there are opportunities for
parents to find out about real nappies locally. Nappy Happy is based in Moseley and
offers free demonstrations (within the Birmingham/West Midlands area) of the range of
washable nappies available, as well as free delivery. It's very important for
parents to be able to see and feel the nappies, and to get advice from someone who's used
them, before they buy.
A record 840-plus supporters have signed up to back Real Nappy
Week including over 90 percent of all UK local authorities. With some eight
million nappies thrown away every day in the UK, authorities actively promote real nappy
use to cut waste and as a cost-saving option for families.
Notes to Editors
Real Nappy Week is co-ordinated by Womens Environmental
Network (WEN) and sponsored by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) through
its Real Nappy Campaign and supported by the Waste Aware Scotland campaign.
Details of all activities are posted on Womens
Environmental Networks website, www.wen.org.uk and the list is updated as new events
The Real Nappy Helpline 0845 850 0606 and Nappy
Finder website - www.realnappycampaign.com/nappyfinder
- allow parents to find all their local cloth nappy services, including suppliers,
laundries and local authority incentive schemes.
For a full list of supporters see http://www.wen.org.uk/rnw/supporters.htm.
Nappy Happy in Birmingham
details: www.nappyhappy.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Womens Environmental Network
(WEN) is a registered charity that campaigns on issues which link women, health and the
environment. WEN has been involved in Real Nappy Week since its inception and has
co-ordinated the week in its current form since 2000. Other current issues include food,
toxic chemicals and the environmental impacts of disposable sanitary and incontinence
Home laundered nappies can save
considerably on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies compared to buying disposables every
week. Parents could save £500 on the cost of nappies for one baby, and more if they use
them again on another baby.
Disposable nappies are made of
super absorbent chemicals, paper pulp and plastics, while real nappies are mostly made of
natural fabrics. Organic cotton and hemp nappies and organic wool waterproof covers are
available at a reasonable cost.
Three billion nappies a year -
eight million a day - are thrown away in the UK. 90% end up in landfill. Landfill space is
running out and local authorities face tough targets to reduce waste. Real nappies can be
reused time and time again so they dont contribute to household waste.
WRAP (the Waste & Resources
Action Programme) is a major UK programme established to promote resource efficiency. Its
particular focus is on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and
products removing the barriers to waste minimisation, reuse and recycling. A
not-for-profit company, WRAP is backed by substantial government funding from Defra and
the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more
information see: www.wrap.org.uk