Environmentally friendly nappies

A parent of a child at Little Ladybirds is spearheading an initiative which aims to encourage more people to switch to reusable, environmentally friendly nappies.

Andrea Pearson is a Director of the Teesside Cloth Nappy Library, a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of cloth nappies, rather than disposables.

As their name suggests, they hire out cloth nappy kits to parents for as little as £10 (four-week hire) with a £25 refundable deposit. This gives you the chance to try out different styles and brands of nappies before deciding if they are right for you and your child.

Andrea, who children Megan and Felix are at Little Ladybirds, says people can save as much as £1,000 by switching to cloth nappies from birth until the potty-training stage. They also have environmental benefits too given the cloth nappies can be reused again and again, rather than being disposed of.

Andrea’s youngest child, Megan, has been wearing cloth nappies for over a year now and it’s something we are happy to accommodate at Little Ladybirds.

Rather than disposing of reusable nappies, we return the cloth nappies in a sealed bag at the end of the day.

Andrea says: “There’s a lot of choice on the market and it can be expensive initially, but you can hire before you buy for a minimal cost.

“Aside from saving you money in the long-term, they are much better on the environment as they can be used again.

“We have volunteers spread across Teesside offering a socially distanced consultation before the first hire as we want to help people get the right fit, as well as offering advice on a washing routine.”

The Library offer various kits for hire to suit individual needs, and all at a low cost. New-born kits can be hired for eight weeks and their BTP kits, which will fit most children, can be hired for four weeks, both kits including over 20 nappies at just £10 each with a refundable deposit.”

For more detail visit the Teesside Cloth Nappy Library website or Facebook page.

In 2018, recycling charity Wrap estimated that three billion disposable nappies are thrown away each year in the UK, making up 2-3% of all household waste, and sadly nappies are discarded in local parks and on beaches.

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