East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

18 #GoodGreenHabits – Real Nappy Week 2018


This week is national Real Nappy Week – It’s all about raising awareness of the benefits reusable nappies has on:

Our environment –  by using reusable nappies, parents will reduce 8 million single-use plastic nappies ending up in landfill and incineration a day in England.

Your pocket – save up to £1,000 by switching to reusable nappies

Your baby – breathable soft natural fabrics, which are comfortable and gentle on your baby’s skin.


At the Recycle for Your Community team, our dad-of-a-6-months-old shared his experience for our next #GoodGreenHabits for 2018:

#8 Keep it real, nappies!

We decided to switch to real nappies when our little one was about 2 months old. It’s our firstborn, so we weren’t quite ready to start using them straight away – we will definitely do with our next baby. I can’t see us switching back to disposables – ever – using real nappies is one of the best decisions we recently made – after having our little one of course! We found out that it’s not as hard as you might think and it saves a lot of hassle, really!  Contemporary cloth nappies are a breeze to use, wash and dry. And it keeps our bin from overflowing with dirty, disposable nappies all the time – the smell alone, especially with summer approaching!

We tried quite a few different types – a lot of real nappy providers can send you nappy trial packs, where you sort of “hire” a mix of different types and brands which you try out for a few weeks. At the end of the trial period, you simply send back the ones you didn’t like and you get a refund. Every bum is different!

Our little one loves it, they look pretty cool and don’t need to be hidden away like ugly disposables. And we feel good about contributing to a better environment and wrapping our baby in soft natural materials rather than plastics!

Find out more information on cloth nappies here.


#9 (Re)Wipe

Sometimes you just don’t realize that a better alternative exists for some of the single-use products you have come used to using daily. This was exactly the case with my wife’s make-up remover pads – just a fancy name for disposable wipes. About a year ago now she stumbled upon washable ones made from cotton: they look pretty, are super soft and, well, remove make-up. They will not tear between your fingers when wet and won’t end up in a landfill or incinerator. And you will never forget buying new pads because you won’t need to!

After the baby arrived, we found out that there is a very similar alternative to wet wipes: reusable cloth wipes you keep wet in a box with some drops of essential oils so they smell nice. They wipe baby bottoms again and again and again and again… just as well as and are softer than the disposable ones. No need to buy wet wipes again, which allegedly is saving us up to £500 in the first two years. Not bad at all!

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