What are the benefits of cloth nappies?
Reusable nappies save parents money. Radio 4’s ‘Sliced Bread’ on the topic of nappies estimated that the cost of ‘disposable’ nappies over the average 2.5 nappy wearing years was three times higher than washable nappies. That cost comparison included the cost of detergent and running the washing machine. Also, the fact that cloth nappies can be used again for a second or third child make cloth nappies even better value.
Children that wear cloth nappies tend to achieve toileting independence earlier than children that wear stay-dry single-use nappies. Since ‘disposable’ nappies became the norm children have been potty training later and later. Some primary schools have complained that children are arriving for school still in nappies.
Local authorities in North London offer a voucher worth £70 for every child born in the borough under 18 months to be spent on reusable nappies. This is because households that use washable nappies rather than ‘disposable’ nappies save the borough the cost of collection and incineration of one tonne of nappy waste per child.
Our offer to nurseries in Islington, Hackney and Camden:
Nappy Ever After can come to your nursery and talk to staff about the different types of eco-nappies, how to use them, how to store them, the benefits for the nursery and answer any questions. We would also like to use this opportunity to listen to staff and learn about their experiences in relation to the practicalities of using cloth nappies in your nursery.
To arrange a training session please book above and we will get in touch with you about arranging a visit.
Nappy Ever After is a reusable nappy social enterprise. Established in 2003, the company has played an influential role in raising awareness of alternatives to single-use nappies and supporting parents who want their babies and toddlers to wear them. Twenty years ago ‘disposable’ nappies had 99% of the market share in London. In 2023 we estimate that 25% of parents are choosing reusable nappies.
Nappy Ever After works in partnership with Real Nappies for London, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and London Boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Camden.