Keeping it real

Reduce, re-use and recycle is the mantra of Merton Council so it is no surprise that they are backing Real Nappy Week from 29TH March to 4th April 2004, which aims to promote the benefits of using cotton re-usable nappies.

National Real Nappy Week is coordinated by Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) to raise awareness of the waste created by disposable nappies and providing parents with a fair choice. Now in its eighth year, Real Nappy Week is supported by 356 local authorities – more than 100% increase in just two years for this leading waste prevention campaign.

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, which will help to minimise the amount of waste going from our borough to landfill sites.”

For full details of the Week’s supporters, national events and activities visit WEN’s website http://www.wen.org.uk/rnw

Information on the benefits of reusable cloth nappies, produced by Merton Real Nappy Network, is now available at http://www.merton.gov.uk/recycling .
For local information please contact Stephanie Catz, Merton Council’s Principal Environmental Development Officer on 020 8545 3472.

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PRESS CONTACT:

Ida Bergfors
Press and PR Assistant
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4093
http://www.merton.gov.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS- information supplied by Women’s Environmental Network (WEN)

Real Nappy Week 29th March to 4th April 2004 is the annual focus of the real nappy campaign. Local activities are organised all over the UK to mark the Week and raise awareness of the benefits of cloth nappies both to consumers and the environment.
Waste
The real nappy campaign and home composting have been chosen to lead the government’s new waste reduction strategy with a target to convert an additional 155,000 households to real nappy use by April 2006. For further information visit http://www.wrap.org.uk
Cost
Home laundered nappies could save parents £500 on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies. You can kit out your baby in real nappies on the high street for under £70. The same amount of money will only buy ten to twelve weeks of disposables. Even taking into account the total cost of laundering nappies at home (about £50 a year) the savings are still considerable.
Use
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