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‘Nappuccino’ event showcases benefits of reusable nappies

NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle pictured with parents, children, organisers and stallholders at DCSDC’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena on Tuesday morning. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes.

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.

NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . DCSDC’s Recycling Officer, Julie Hannway explaining the advantages of reuseable nappies and baby wipes during Tuesday’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes.

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.

NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . Parents and baby fun at Tuesday morning’s DCSDC’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes.

“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.”





NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . Ruth O’Callaghan, The UseLess Shop, Anne Carlin, DCSDC and Stephanie Roulston, Home Safety Officer, DSDC pictured at Tuesday’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

Our Earth Our Future

This is a slideshow of the brilliant Our Earth Our Future March, Rally and Gathering (20th October 2018) co-organised by Zero Waste North West, Friends Of the Earth and St Columb’s Park House.  Some 30 environmental protector organisations participated. Earth is rising.

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Enough Stuff Festival 2018

Some photos from our second and even more brilliant Enough Stuff Festival that took place 15/16th September 2018 at the Playtrail, Racecourse Road, Derry.  We had talks, workshops, performances, storytelling and all launched our first eco business The UseLess Shop.  We even had our first citizen turn up to see what was going down, learn how to make apple juice from local apples and make a few pledges on our Pledge Tree for his time in office.

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A message for the people of East Belfast

Rossano Ercolini is a primary school teacher who became a Zero Waste activist when an incinerator was planned for his town of Capannori in Northern Italy. Judi Logue & Jim Keys of Zero Waste North West met him at the 2015 Zero Waste Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.

What was evident from the conference was that the transformation Rossano inspired in Italy is a wave spreading across Europe. This is a powerful message of hope from Northern Italy to Northern Ireland via Bulgaria.


Having stopped the incinerator  in Capanori, Rossano Ercolini went on to stop incinerators across Italy;  and ultimately was awarded the 2013 Golden Environmental Prize for “Outstanding Environmental Achievement in Europe” .

Countdown to Zero

The “Countdown to Zero”  conference went off successfully on Monday 22nd June 2015.

The videos of the  events of the day will be published just as soon as we have them edited.

They will be available online on the conference page.