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Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day - that's an incredible three billion each year! The Recycling Team is pleased to offer parents who live within the City of London the chance to receive up to £54.15 cash-back towards the cost of purchasing real nappies or using a real nappy laundry service.

Download, print and complete the Real Nappy Scheme application form (50KB) or contact the Recycling Team to request a form in the post. Please note that proof of name and address, birth or pregnancy, and purchase will be required.

If you do not live within the City of London use Real Nappy Campaign nappy finder to see if your local council provides a similar scheme.

For more expert advice on the buying and using of real nappies and potty training, Real Nappies for London is a pan-London scheme encouraging parents and carers to try reusable nappies with a view to reducing the amount of nappy-waste going to landfill.

Why choose real nappies over disposable?

Save money

The average baby gets through 5,000 disposable nappies from birth till being potty trained, which costs parents between £700 and £1,000! Research shows parents could save anywhere from £150 to well over £1000 by using real nappies and this saving increases when they are used on a second or third child. 

Better for  your baby

Real nappies could also be better for your baby. Components of disposable nappies include plastics, adhesives and absorbing chemicals, which could react with babies who have sensitive skin.

Better for the environment

With estimates of 3 billion disposable nappies being thrown away each year, along with all the raw materials required to create these nappies, the cost of disposing them is excessive as well. The annual disposal cost to local councils (and therefore taxpayers) of this 355,000 tonnes of waste is around £32 million!

What are real nappies like?

Modern versions of cloth nappies are widely available, and come in a large variety of shapes and styles, and lots of attractive colours and materials. They are made from natural fibres and organic options are available. If you don't want to wash them yourself, there are plenty of nappy laundry services to choose from.

For more information on using real nappies, where to find trial kits, and advice from other users of real nappies, please visit Real Nappies for London

By choosing to use real nappies for your baby, you can:

  • Save money and receive a cash-back award!
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Counter nappy rash as real nappies are breathable
  • Reduce the threat to forests

Real nappy links

The Real Nappies for London website also has lots more information and resources listed on their Nappy Links page.

For the £54.15 cashback scheme please contact the Recycling Team at City of London to request an application form:
020 7606 3110

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