The Guernsey Real Nappy Network offers a better alternative

April 2nd, 2013 by Guernsey Real Nappy Network

Some Guernsey mums have formed the Guernsey Real Nappy Network (GRNN) to raise awareness and promote the use and benefit of real nappies.

Too many people think of nappies as the synthetic disposable variety that are thrown in the bin after a single use.

By the time a child reaches two-and-a-half, he or she may have used 6,500 disposable nappies.

These days Real Nappies offer a much better alternative.

Also known as cloth nappies or washable nappies, they are far more user friendly and much more attractive, and no longer involve nappy pins, soaking buckets, and a flair for terry towelling origami.

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Real nappies (please click image to expand – ©Emily Dodd (auntyemily) published under creative commons license))

They come in many designs, fabrics and fastenings that do an amazing job and also look and feel adorable.

There are so many reasons why parents choose real nappies.

  • Real nappies work really well. No one likes a leaky nappy, and real nappies tend to have a more tailored fit that reduces the chance of leakages.
  • Real nappies are safe. Real nappies contain no chemicals or fragrances so they pose no risk to either human health or the ecosystem.
  • Real nappies save money. It costs on average £1,130 all in to use disposable nappies over two-and-a-half years, but an average of £535 all in to use real nappies over the same time frame – and costs decrease for subsequent children using real nappies.
  • Real nappies reduce waste. A child in disposable nappies may generate about one hundred black bin bags-worth of waste during their nappy-wearing years. Guernsey parents send at least 9,000 smelly nappies to the Mont Cuet landfill every single day. More real nappies means far fewer rotting, festering nappies in the landfill.
  • Real nappies are kinder to the environment. Real nappies are a much more efficient use of resources and energy, even taking into account the washing. Disposable nappies going to landfill leach toxins into the ground and also create a lot of methane – so per child real nappies save the carbon emissions equivalent of driving 60,000 miles.
  • Real nappies are very attractive. Real nappies score very highly on the cuddliness scale, and that can’t be underestimated…

So why aren’t they used instead of disposable nappies?

One of the main reasons is that not enough parents, childcare providers, and healthcare professionals know about them, which is why the Guernsey Real Nappy Network (GRNN) has been set up.

It’s a not-for-profit community organisation that promotes the benefits of real nappies and offers independent advice combined with practical support to anyone in the Bailiwick of Guernsey who’d like to find out more.

Parents and expectant parents are top of the list but GRNN is keen also to broaden the knowledge of real nappies amongst childcare providers, healthcare professionals and retailers too.

GRNN intends to:

  • Raise awareness and educate. By taking a working knowledge and passion for real nappies into the wider community – especially to relevant events such as NCT sales – the public will become more familiar with real nappies and their benefits.
  • Provide real nappy demonstrations. Demonstrating how to use the various kinds of real nappies demystifies them and helps parents to decide on which type or types of nappy are right for their lifestyle and their child.
  • Provide a real nappy library. This service will allow parents to try before they buy – a very practical lending scheme to help people find the perfect real nappies before investing.
  • Share knowledge and experience. Using a website, social media and good old fashioned chinwags to pool information and resources will benefit all real nappy fans – new and old – in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

GRNN works in association with the Waste Prevention & Recycling team at the Public Services Department, who have long supported the use of real nappies with a subsidy of £35 towards them.

Emma Simpson, States of Guernsey Public Services Department’s Waste Prevention & Recycling Officer, has been a huge help getting the network up and running.

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Emma Simpson, States of Guernsey Public Services Department Waste Prevention & Recycling Officer, at the Fresh Friday Market in Market Square, St Peter Port offering information on recycling and waste minimisation (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The Guernsey Real Nappy Network has received funds from the Channel Islands Co-op’s Eco Fund.

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Ltd support local environmental causes, and through its Baby Club discount vouchers, it is a wonderful supporter of new parents.

Please join the Guernsey Nappy Chat group on Facebook if you want more information on real nappies.

Real Nappy Week starts on 15 April 2013 year so stay tuned…

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