Reusable nappy scheme

New parents will be able to apply for funding to help buy reusable nappies in a bid by Selby District Council to help reduce waste as part of the Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign.

Parents will be able to apply for £30 cashback when spending £50 or more on reusable nappies.

By the time your baby is potty trained they could have had as many as 4,000 nappy changes. That amounts to over 3 billion disposable nappies thrown away each and every year. Disposable nappies take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill.

Real Nappies are an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable nappies and can be reused again and again.

Cllr Chris Pearson, said, “We wanted to do something that will help and support families that have children in nappies as disposables not only produce a lot of waste, but cost a lot of money to buy.

“This will give parents the option of trying reusable nappies. They’re not like they used to be. The modern versions are easy to use with no messing around with folding and pins. They’re simple to use and comfortable for the baby too.”

Real nappies have become more popular in recent years as parents choose them to help them save money and reduce waste. The main issues have been letting new parents know about how easy they are to use.

Local mum of three Erin Bootland was one of a number of parents who contacted the Council earlier this year to request a scheme. She explained “I’ve used real nappies for each of my children – people immediately think of the old style terry squares, but modern cloth nappies are actually really simple to use, they’ve definitely moved on from complicated folding and plastic pants!

“And it doesn’t have to be all or nothing, just switching to one cloth nappy a day would save 365 a year from landfill and make a difference.

“Using cloth nappies has helped us save money (using disposable nappies costs an average of £800 per child over 2.5 years) and reduce the waste we’ve send to landfill.”