Hi everyone, it’s Martina, and this time I’m writing about Real Nappy Week, an annual awareness raising campaign to promote the use of cloth nappies. I spent some time researching and thinking about simple, practical things parents and caregivers can do to cut down on waste.
The organisation Go Real is behind Real Nappy Week. This year’s campaign runs from 20 – 26 April and it includes some great deals on buying cloth nappies. Go Real also provides a year round information hub so it’s worth taking a look at their website if you haven’t already.
It’s also worth checking out Natural Nappies, a company in Aberdeenshire that’s currently offering discounts as part of the campaign.
For a limited time, you can donate a ‘preloved pack’ to Aberdeen’s new JoJo Maman Bébé Maternity Shop as part of their From A Mother to Another programme. As an incentive, you will receive a voucher to spend in the shop. Hurry – offer ends on 30th April!
You might be asking yourself – why is there so much focus on reducing waste, reusing and recycling these days? The message is everywhere and sometimes it can be difficult to connect it to practical steps that fit our lifestyles. But here are a few reasons why it’s important and what some of the benefits are to parents.
- Buy only what you need. If you don’t buy it, it doesn’t cost anything!
- For the things you do need, check out some of the local charity, second hand and nearly new sales. Get high quality items at affordable prices.
- By swapping, buying and selling good quality second hand items, not only can parents earn a bit of money and get the stuff they need, they can also meet others. It’s possible that lifelong friendships and strong community ties will ultimately grow from these exchanges.
- Our ‘throw away’ culture contributes to environmental pollution including greenhouse gases, contaminated land from landfill sites, depleted natural resources and an ever-increasing burden on tax payers to dispose of waste. It’s not to say that parents should feel responsible for solving all of these problems, but they do have an important role to play for promoting positive change.
Join me again in a few days for another post featuring some top tips from two local ‘green-minded’ Mums. These practical ideas aim to inspire parents to make small changes that, together, will contribute to making a big difference.