real nappy week is running from the 24th to the 28th june 2006 and by lindash


									Real Nappy Week is from the 12th to the 16th March 2007 and will be coordinated by WEN (Women's Environmental Network). Funded by WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), the Week aims to engage parents with a schedule of national, regional and local activities, enabling them to make an informed choice of nappies. Now in its eleventh year, Real Nappy Week is supported by over 380 UK local authorities with nearly 400 activities already planned across 65 counties in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is the annual focus of the Nappy Waste Prevention Campaign; helping to raise awareness of the disadvantages of disposable nappies and the availability of a real alternative. Elizabeth Hartigan of WEN says, "Real Nappy Week is going from strength to strength. In only ten years it has developed into an internationally recognised brand, with activities taking place as far apart as Mexico and New Zealand this year. Real Nappy Week plays a vital role in raising awareness to reduce waste". . As part of the campaign Braintree District Council will hold the following event in 2007. Details TBA

Essex County Council are holding a nappuccino event in Braintree: 0-3 Parent Fair, Thursday 22 March 2007 – Unex Towerlands, Panfield Road, Braintree At these events representatives were on hand to offer parents helpful and practical advice on the use of natural cloth nappies. Real nappy information booklets, containing a £10 voucher, which can be redeemed against the purchase of reuseable nappies from any stockist, were and still are available. Sample nappy packs which can be trialled by calling Modern Baby on freephone 0800 093 1500 or by visiting - - The cost of these packs is £5, but actually worth nearly £30. Colourful or natural, plain or patterned, organic cotton, fleece or wool - there is such a range of real nappies that everyone is bound to find something to suit their taste, budget and lifestyle. Real Nappy Week offers the perfect opportunity to find out more. The Real Nappy Helpline 0845 850 0606 provides callers with details of their local cloth nappy contacts whether they want to buy them to wash at home or use a laundry service. Facts and Figures - Nearly 3 billion disposable nappies are thrown away in the UK every year, thats 8 million nappies everyday, the majority of which end up in landfill (90%). Nobody knows how long it takes for the plastics in disposable nappies to decompose, but it could take hundreds of years. - Individual councils spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year on the collection and disposal of nappy waste. Councils can save money on waste collection and

disposal costs, reduce the amount of nappy waste going to landfill or incinerators and support local sustainable businesses by encouraging residents to try natural cloth nappies. - As well as saving waste, home laundered nappies could save parents up to £500 on the cost of keeping a baby in nappies, and more if used again on another baby. You can kit out your baby in cloth nappies on the high street for under £70; this includes all the nappies and waterproof covers you will need for the whole of your baby's nappy wearing life. Disposable nappies are made from super absorbent chemicals, paper pulp and plastics; whilst cloth nappies are mainly made of natural fibres.

For more information on ‘Real Nappy Week 2007’ or advice on Real Nappies, please call 01376 552525.

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