The thought might fill parents and would-be parents with horror but the fact is washable nappies have come a long way in the last 30 years.
Bournemouth’s Real Nappy Incentive Scheme
To encourage parents to overcome the cost hurdle, Bournemouth Borough Council is offering parents the opportunity to claim £30 off the price of real nappies with a minimum spend of £45. Parents can apply for a voucher beforehand to redeem against participating retailers or claim cash back (on production of an itemised receipt) afterwards, for example on internet purchases.
What is the criteria to apply?
Please note the following criteria must be met to receive the £30 incentive:
Babies must be aged 18 months or under at time of application
Parents will be asked to provide proof of Bournemouth residence by sending in a photocopy of their Council Tax Statement and proof of the baby’s birth or pregnancy by sending a photocopy of the baby’s birth certificate or the MAT B1 form
Only one claim can be made per baby
If applying for cash back, parents must provide proof of purchase by sending in a photocopy of the itemised receipt. The receipt date must be within two months of application
How can I apply?
To start the application process please complete the following Real Nappy Application form and return it to:
Recycling & Waste Team
103 Southcote Road
Or for more information please contact the Ask Bournemouth Contact Centre on 451199 or email the recycling team .
Real nappy facts
Disposable nappies account for 3% (by weight) of all household rubbish in the UK – in Bournemouth that’s around 2,520 tonnes or the same weight as around 720 elephants!
One baby in disposable nappies for two and a half years costs upwards of £1,000. Long term, by opting for real nappies, parents can reduce their nappy bill by an average of £500 per baby
Every disposable nappy ever used is still in landfill, they may take up to 500 years to break down
It takes one cup of crude oil to produce the plastic for each disposable nappy
To produce enough disposable nappies for Britain’s demands each year, seven million trees are forested – that’s around 70 square miles of forest and approximately four and a half trees per child. Some of the paper is derived from ancient forests, which have existed for hundreds of years and house many unique ecological species