Keep it real

Reduce, re-use and recycle is the mantra of Merton Council and so it is no surprise that they are backing Real Nappy Week from 7-13 April 2003, which aims to promote the benefits of using cotton re-usable nappies.

Merton Real Nappy Network will launch Real Nappy Week on Monday 7 April at the Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon, with a stall demonstrating all the different types and styles of cotton nappies available. Micheal Meacher, Minister for the Environment, is due to visit the stall at 11.15am.

Real Nappy Week is a national campaign, focusing attention on the environmental effects of disposable nappies and promoting fair choice for UK parents. The Week is jointly organised by Women’s Environmental Network and Real Nappy Association. Over half of local authorities in the UK are supporting Real Nappy Week in their locality. With nearly three billion nappies thrown away in the UK every year, preventing nappy waste means minimising the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “We support the work of the Merton Real Nappy Network in promoting the use of reusable nappies. I would encourage all residents to think about ways of reducing, reusing and recycling, to minimise the amount of waste going from our borough to landfill sites.”

To find out more, get advice on real nappies or pick up a leaflet, visit the stall in Centre Court on Monday.