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Real Nappies Get A Boost From Down District Council
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Real Nappy Week (28 April – 4 May 2014) is nearly upon us once again and this year Down District Council is collaborating with Cloth Nappy Library NI to show you all that real nappies are real easy.

Siobhan Grant, Cloth Nappy Library NI explained the idea behind the drive to introduce the latest design in nappies. She said: “Gone are the days when a ‘cloth nappy’ meant a white terry towelling nappy being boiled in an aluminium bucket. No wonder many mums switched to the disposable type of nappy. But now, many are switching back thanks to a fantastic new range of materials and fabrics for cloth nappies and an easier way of using them.”

Crossgar mum Ciara Mullan, centre, with her ten-week old baby Maya all smiles pictured with Down District Council Chairman Cllr Marie McCarthy and Siobhan Grant of Cloth Nappy Library NI.

Crossgar mum Ciara Mullan, centre, with her ten-week old baby Maya all smiles pictured with Down District Council Chairman Cllr Marie McCarthy and Siobhan Grant of Cloth Nappy Library NI.

Speaking about the Real Nappy initiative, Cllr Maria McCarthy said:  “In addition to the fact that they’re a healthier, free-from-chemicals alternative to the disposable nappies, cloth nappies are also great for the environment, particularly when you consider that it takes an estimated 250-500 years for one disposable nappy to decompose. With savings in excess of £700 per child they’re also great for your purse.”

“With so many styles and types available, it’s easy to see how parents can be confused about what’s on offer. Together with the multi-award winning Cloth Nappy Library NI, Down District Council is supporting their initiative for Down District residents to try cloth nappies before you buy.”

In an effort to reduce waste going to landfill, Down District have a limited number of subsidies available to assist getting started. The Council will match fund what you spend on hiring a real nappy kit from Cloth Nappy Library or on purchasing cloth nappies up to £30 (*This offer is limited and issued on a first come first served basis). The trail kit has a range of nappies, accessories and boosters needed so you can try before you buy.

Please contact Cloth Nappy Library to book your kit and further information at [email protected]

Or for further information contact Down District Council Environmental sServices on 028 4461 0819.