Reusable nappy scheme
Make a real change
Reusable cloth nappies, often referred to as "real nappies", have a range of benefits. Not only are they better for your child and family, but they're also better for the community and environment. We're encouraging families to learn about why they should ditch disposables and choose to reuse.
Better value for money
Families can save up to £500 per child by choosing reusable nappies over disposables. The savings get even bigger if they are used again by another child.
Approximately three billion disposable nappies go to landfill each year, costing council tax payers £32 million. Switching to real nappies means that council tax could go further.
Better for the environment
By the time your child is potty trained they could have used over 4,000 disposable nappies.
It takes up to 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose in landfill, and when they do they let out harmful methane gas that contributes to climate change. Research has shown that using real nappies can make a 40 per cent carbon saving compared to disposables.
Using real nappies also reduces the amount of energy and non-renewable resources consumed when compared to disposables.
Better for baby
There are chemicals and bleach paper in disposable nappies. Real nappies are available in a range of fabrics including cotton, bamboo, microfibre and hemp, meaning your baby has soft, breathable fabrics next to their skin.
They're easy to use, too. Modern real nappies are all in one, pre-shaped and fasten with Velcro or poppers. Solid waste is caught in a liner and flushes down the toilet, then just pop the nappy in the washing machine instead of the bin.
Real nappy testimonial
Hemel Hempstead mum Sarah Tucker used real nappies with her first child, and is excited to use them again with her second. Read all about her real nappy journey, including why she prefers real nappies over disposables and what she recommends for new parents who want to give them a go: Real Nappy Journey (PDF 1MB).
Getting started with real nappies
To help get you started with real nappies, we offer Dacorum residents the chance to apply for a free starter kit worth over £100. The starter kit contains: five all-in-one cloth nappies, one night nappy and wrap, one booster and one roll of disposable liners - from two of the leading real nappy brands. Alternatively, if you buy your own real nappies or join a nappy laundering scheme we will give you £50 cashback towards the cost.
Order your free real nappy starter kit
Or to claim £50 cashback, simply download a copy of the Real nappy reward leaflet and application form (PDF 2.5MB), which includes information on the benefits, different types of real nappies and more, as well as the cashback form. Please email your completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to:
Cupid Green Depot
Learn more about real nappies
Real nappy library
If you're struggling to choose a real nappy that suits your baby and your lifestyle, consider trialling different nappies from a real nappy library.
The local cloth nappy library Stork and the Bees hires out personalised nappy kits for one month at a cost of £1 per nappy and regularly holds real nappy demonstrations and information mornings in the local area. By trying a variety of different real nappy styles, you can then purchase your real nappies with confidence.
Visit the Stork and the Bees Facebook page for more information.
Visit the WasteAware real nappy webpage for more details on the real nappy scheme.
Visit Go Real - The Real Nappy Information Service Facebook Group for more information on:
- The benefits of real nappies
- Where to buy real nappies
- How to use real nappies
- Top tips