Switch to washable nappies and help cut down on landfill waste, urges council

CLEAN: Councillor Michael Filer

CLEAN: Councillor Michael Filer

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MUMS and dads in Bournemouth are being urged to use washable nappies to help the environment and save money.

More than 2,500 tonnes of disposable nappies, the same weight as 720 elephants, are currently sent to landfill from the town each year, according to the borough council.

The authority also claims parents can save up to £500 per child by using washable nappies.

As part of its new Real Nappy Incentive Scheme, the council is offering parents a £30 voucher towards the cost of washable nappies and is holding drop-in sessions with real nappy experts for parents and parents-to-be.

Georgina Fry, waste and resources project manager at the council, said: “Modern washable nappies have come a long way in the last 30 years and are far more practical than the old style terry-towelling nappies that many people remember. Today’s nappies are colourful, practical and even funky and have massive benefits for the environment and cash-strapped parents.”

Councillor Michael Filer, cabinet member for waste, added: “Disposable nappies take a lot of resources.

“I urge all Bournemouth parents to use the win/win formula by saving money and helping the environment.”

The drop-in sessions are at Boscombe Children’s Centre from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Monday and at Pelham’s Leisure Centre from 9am to 12pm on Thursday.

Under the initiative, parents can claim £30 off the price of real nappies when they spend £45.

Further details can be found on the council’s website at bournemouth.gov.uk/real nappies

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4:08pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

He's talking crap.
He's talking crap. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

4:27pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

You can't blame parents for using disposable nappies, they are so much easier and convenient. It's about time nappy makers found a biodegradable material to make them from.
You can't blame parents for using disposable nappies, they are so much easier and convenient. It's about time nappy makers found a biodegradable material to make them from. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Thu 5 Jun 14

hamworthygirl says...

iSounds sense to me t is easy use washable nappies in this day and age they are much nicer than they used to be, plus most parents have automatic washing machines. My daughter used them for her youngest child and worked and had 3 other children,i loved them. Then can be sold on after wards on preloved websites just like we used to do.
iSounds sense to me t is easy use washable nappies in this day and age they are much nicer than they used to be, plus most parents have automatic washing machines. My daughter used them for her youngest child and worked and had 3 other children,i loved them. Then can be sold on after wards on preloved websites just like we used to do. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Chris's bird says...

I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250!
I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250! Chris's bird
  • Score: 8

5:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

hamworthygirl says...

Chris's bird wrote:
I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250!
Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.
[quote][p][bold]Chris's bird[/bold] wrote: I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250![/p][/quote]Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 3

5:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

hamworthygirl says...

Chris's bird wrote:
I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250!
Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.
[quote][p][bold]Chris's bird[/bold] wrote: I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250![/p][/quote]Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Thu 5 Jun 14

poolemumoftwo says...

About time Poole had the same incentives going!! I've been lucky to get given a lot of my nappy stash but a £30 voucher/refund would have been great for a few brand new ones!
About time Poole had the same incentives going!! I've been lucky to get given a lot of my nappy stash but a £30 voucher/refund would have been great for a few brand new ones! poolemumoftwo
  • Score: 4

6:33pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Townee says...

The problem theses days is that people don't have the time to wash them or they are just lazy and can't be bothered.
The problem theses days is that people don't have the time to wash them or they are just lazy and can't be bothered. Townee
  • Score: 2

6:36pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Chris's bird says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
Chris's bird wrote:
I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250!
Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.
I'm already using them thanks. For liners I'm jut going to cut up a fleecy blanket from Ikea if I need more.
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris's bird[/bold] wrote: I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250![/p][/quote]Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.[/p][/quote]I'm already using them thanks. For liners I'm jut going to cut up a fleecy blanket from Ikea if I need more. Chris's bird
  • Score: 4

7:08pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Surely there are more important things to be worried about?
Surely there are more important things to be worried about? bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -7

7:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

onebusymum says...

I live in poole and use cloth nappies, and would never go back to disposables. They are gorgeous for obe, don't smell as bad as disposable nappies and im glad that im saving thousands of nappies and wipes (I use cloth wipes too) and plastic nappy sacks from landfill. I want my children to grow up in a world where they are not constantly having to clean up after our shortsighted mistakes. It might seem a drop in the ocean but the more people who start using cloth, the less waste we will have to find new places to bury. Plus its honestly easy. My husband wasn't convinced at first but he is a convert now especially as they are so easy to use.
I live in poole and use cloth nappies, and would never go back to disposables. They are gorgeous for obe, don't smell as bad as disposable nappies and im glad that im saving thousands of nappies and wipes (I use cloth wipes too) and plastic nappy sacks from landfill. I want my children to grow up in a world where they are not constantly having to clean up after our shortsighted mistakes. It might seem a drop in the ocean but the more people who start using cloth, the less waste we will have to find new places to bury. Plus its honestly easy. My husband wasn't convinced at first but he is a convert now especially as they are so easy to use. onebusymum
  • Score: 7

7:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

So instead of sending to landfill we use more detergent, more water, more electricity so we stop landfill but use up other resources. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
So instead of sending to landfill we use more detergent, more water, more electricity so we stop landfill but use up other resources. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

And I'm sure all those who have been impacted by cut services will be over the moon that the Council have money to giveaway. As you can tell I really think this is unnecessary in the current environment
And I'm sure all those who have been impacted by cut services will be over the moon that the Council have money to giveaway. As you can tell I really think this is unnecessary in the current environment bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -3

8:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
Chris's bird wrote:
I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250!
Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.
The voucher can't be used on preloaded sitrs
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris's bird[/bold] wrote: I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250![/p][/quote]Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.[/p][/quote]The voucher can't be used on preloaded sitrs bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

rozmister says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
hamworthygirl wrote:
Chris's bird wrote:
I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250!
Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.
The voucher can't be used on preloaded sitrs
The cashback option can be used for any purchase as long as you have an itemised receipt proving you purchased real nappies, real nappy products like liners or real nappy services. You could definitely use them on ebay where an itemised receipt is par for the course. The details are on the council's website.

The amount of detergent, electricity and water used to wash them is nothing compared to filling a massive pit with disposable nappies and burying it leaving them there indefinitely as plastic doesn't break down. Plus disposable nappies are full of nasty chemicals that would leach into the ground.

Whilst cuts to services are never good screwing up the environment now and not thinking about the future is even worse. Sure our generation will be fine but you're leaving a ticking time bomb for future generations. People need to accept the way we currently live just isn't sustainable, money has to be spent on finding and implementing better lifestyle choices.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris's bird[/bold] wrote: I use re-usable nappies on my daughter. I have no problems and a as long as you work out a routine to wash them it's no harder than disposables. However, £30 doesn't go that far unless you want to wash more than once a day. We bought a kit that contains enough nappies to wash every other day and this cost over £250![/p][/quote]Try the pre loved sites they are good and just get new liners, well done though for doing it.[/p][/quote]The voucher can't be used on preloaded sitrs[/p][/quote]The cashback option can be used for any purchase as long as you have an itemised receipt proving you purchased real nappies, real nappy products like liners or real nappy services. You could definitely use them on ebay where an itemised receipt is par for the course. The details are on the council's website. The amount of detergent, electricity and water used to wash them is nothing compared to filling a massive pit with disposable nappies and burying it leaving them there indefinitely as plastic doesn't break down. Plus disposable nappies are full of nasty chemicals that would leach into the ground. Whilst cuts to services are never good screwing up the environment now and not thinking about the future is even worse. Sure our generation will be fine but you're leaving a ticking time bomb for future generations. People need to accept the way we currently live just isn't sustainable, money has to be spent on finding and implementing better lifestyle choices. rozmister
  • Score: 3

12:41am Fri 6 Jun 14

master plan says...

Save the council money? Stop with your high wages, bonuses and expensive's plus your computers iPads and mobile phones you all demand to do your job
Save the council money? Stop with your high wages, bonuses and expensive's plus your computers iPads and mobile phones you all demand to do your job master plan
  • Score: 5

9:45am Fri 6 Jun 14

Tripod says...

Makes sense, providing you ignore the increased water usage, increased electricity usage, increased soap usage, and not forgetting the waste water treatment... Taking it all into account I doubt there's much difference.
Makes sense, providing you ignore the increased water usage, increased electricity usage, increased soap usage, and not forgetting the waste water treatment... Taking it all into account I doubt there's much difference. Tripod
  • Score: -1

10:40am Fri 6 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
So instead of sending to landfill we use more detergent, more water, more electricity so we stop landfill but use up other resources. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Exactly. The council are only interested in what affects them not the overall picture.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: So instead of sending to landfill we use more detergent, more water, more electricity so we stop landfill but use up other resources. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.[/p][/quote]Exactly. The council are only interested in what affects them not the overall picture. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: -2

1:55pm Fri 6 Jun 14

ems1976 says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
So instead of sending to landfill we use more detergent, more water, more electricity so we stop landfill but use up other resources. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
How do people think modern cloth nappies are washed? I do 2-3 extra washes a week which I hardly notice alongside my normal family washing. Using a decent machine and line drying it really doesn't cost much. My water bill is lower than average too. I have cloth nappied my toddler and will be using the nappies again when my new baby arrives this summer. I would never go back to disposables. Don't knock what you haven't tried!
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: So instead of sending to landfill we use more detergent, more water, more electricity so we stop landfill but use up other resources. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.[/p][/quote]How do people think modern cloth nappies are washed? I do 2-3 extra washes a week which I hardly notice alongside my normal family washing. Using a decent machine and line drying it really doesn't cost much. My water bill is lower than average too. I have cloth nappied my toddler and will be using the nappies again when my new baby arrives this summer. I would never go back to disposables. Don't knock what you haven't tried! ems1976
  • Score: 3

10:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

onebusymum says...

Are you really suggesting that because you use energy and detergent to wash cloth nappies, you might as well use disposables? It takes hundreds of years for one nappy to decompose; leaching all kinds of chemicals into the ground. Of course neither one is faultless but cloth is certainly the lesser of two evils. And actually, it would cost the council a lot less if every new parent got a small one off payment rather than the council paying for used disposable nappies to be picked up every week for three plus years. Have you seen how many nappies a baby goes through in a week?!
Are you really suggesting that because you use energy and detergent to wash cloth nappies, you might as well use disposables? It takes hundreds of years for one nappy to decompose; leaching all kinds of chemicals into the ground. Of course neither one is faultless but cloth is certainly the lesser of two evils. And actually, it would cost the council a lot less if every new parent got a small one off payment rather than the council paying for used disposable nappies to be picked up every week for three plus years. Have you seen how many nappies a baby goes through in a week?! onebusymum
  • Score: 1

8:44pm Wed 11 Jun 14

mummy123abc says...

I'm from Bournemouth and I use cloth nappies on my youngest son Ben, we have been using them for a year now and they are fab! we wash them every 2-3 days and if we use dettol laundry cleanser we can wash on lower temps and still clean out the germs, you can only use a few tablespoons of powder in cloth nappies because too much detergent clogs up the fibres so people who use cloth don't use much soap at all which was an argument above ^. When I wash the nappies I put them on a pre wash, a hot wash and a rinse, it takes a little longer than a normal wash but not by much. I tried to claim money back on our nappies but they run on a limited amount of people who can claim each year and I was too late! We buy most of our nappies pre loved as they are much cheaper and sadly the scheme does not cover those, they also don't cover the cheap nappies on tiny nippers.com which isn't great. Cloth nappies are just as easy as disposables and in the night or when we are sick and can't get out we will always have nappies, I also use cloth wet wipes so we have saved hundreds of pounds and when he is out of nappies I can sell them all and get my money back :D
I'm from Bournemouth and I use cloth nappies on my youngest son Ben, we have been using them for a year now and they are fab! we wash them every 2-3 days and if we use dettol laundry cleanser we can wash on lower temps and still clean out the germs, you can only use a few tablespoons of powder in cloth nappies because too much detergent clogs up the fibres so people who use cloth don't use much soap at all which was an argument above ^. When I wash the nappies I put them on a pre wash, a hot wash and a rinse, it takes a little longer than a normal wash but not by much. I tried to claim money back on our nappies but they run on a limited amount of people who can claim each year and I was too late! We buy most of our nappies pre loved as they are much cheaper and sadly the scheme does not cover those, they also don't cover the cheap nappies on tiny nippers.com which isn't great. Cloth nappies are just as easy as disposables and in the night or when we are sick and can't get out we will always have nappies, I also use cloth wet wipes so we have saved hundreds of pounds and when he is out of nappies I can sell them all and get my money back :D mummy123abc
  • Score: 1

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