Just WHAT is a Nappuccino?
The last week in April saw ‘Nappuccinos’ and nappy fashion shows held all over the UK to mark the 10th anniversary of Real Nappy Week – a nappuccino is a chat over a coffee about the environmental and human benefits of non-disposable nappies.
This event has ‘gone international’ with hundreds of activities across the UK, Ireland and as far afield as Mexico and New Zealand. In 2006 over 80% of UK local authorities backed it and there were around 500 events in 65 counties. Coordinated by Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) and sponsored by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) the Real Nappy Campaign aims to enable parents to make an informed choice of nappies.
WEN’s Elizabeth Hartigan says, “Real Nappy Week has made an incredible journey: an idea that was brewed up at a kitchen table ten years ago is now a global movement. And the nappies have come a long way too: parents can choose from an amazing range of shapes, styles and fabrics which are easy to use and simple to wash.”
Real nappies (scroll down) are fitted to the babies’ shape, just like disposables, but you can launder them at home and reuse them. They are soft on baby’s skin, come with stay dry liners and use velcro or snap fasteners. The benefits claimed are:
Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK; Real Nappy Week shows parents how they can save money, save waste and benefit the environment all at the same time.
Recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research has found that a single nappy can take nearly 500 years to decompose. On top of this, it takes nearly a quarter of a million trees to meet the annual demands for nappies in the US every year, says Knowaste, the company running the study.
Knowaste LLC has established nappy recycling programs in the European Union, Australia, Asia and North America.
The Director of Environment Victoria’s zero waste campaign, Jenny Henty, says this new facility undermines the best green choice: reusable cloth nappies washed by a professional service.
Cotton nappies do have drawbacks:
….but, says Jenny “they do come out ‘more green’ in a lifecycle analysis.”
I am ‘between’ kids and grandkids and, mildly curious, I followed up an article ‘New Life for Nappies’ in the Melbourne Times (17 May 06). I find the above quite amazing! What about you?