Derry City and Strabane District Council hosted a hugely successful ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena on 20th November 2018. It provided parents with information and advice on reusable nappies, wipes and sanitary items.
The local authority, which is one of the first in the UK or Ireland to adopt a Zero Waste Circular Economy Strategy, is aiming to raise awareness of ways in which we can all reduce waste and live more sustainably.
For centuries women have used cloth nappies on their babies – and they are now experiencing a global revival with substantial savings to be made by parents and the added benefit of being an eco-friendly option.
Julie Hannaway is the Council’s Recycling and Waste Minimisation Officer. She said:
“We were delighted to deliver the first Council-led ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena today, which really was a huge success! This was a great opportunity for parents with babies and toddlers to come together, share experiences and get information on reusable baby-care over a cup of coffee.
“Washable cotton nappies are a really cost effective option for parents – with research indicating that anything from £150 to £1000 can be saved from birth to potty by opting for re-usable rather than disposable nappies.
“Indeed, depending on the parent’s choice of nappies, savings stack up even further when the cloth nappies are used on multiple children. It’s also the most eco-friendly option, helping to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
“It’s fantastic that Council are leading the way on this awareness raising initiative and equipping parents with very practical knowledge on how they can reduce waste after having a child. Indeed, this was the first of many ‘Nappucino’ events that we will be rolling out across the City and District in the coming months and years.”