|Hackney parents bid for nappy record
|Parents from around North and East London gathered in Bethnal Green to
help break a world record for the most reusable nappies changed at once.
On Saturday 22 April parents from around the globe changed their
children's nappies at the same time in a bid to promote real nappy use.
In 2012, 14 parents met at Hackney's Round Chapel and helped set the
initial record of 8,251 babies changed in 189 locations on four
This year's Great Cloth Nappy Change looks set to smash that record
with 25 babies (and their parents) taking part, with some coming from
Lewisham to Bethnal Green help set a new record at the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, acted as a witness for the record attempt.
She said: "The Great Cloth Nappy Change was a fantastic event and an
opportunity for parents and their babies to help break a world record,
raising awareness of an important environmental issue at the same time.
"It's estimated that if parents use disposable nappies they could be
sending more than 1.2 tonnes of waste to landfill over two and a half
years. Reusable nappies save money and they reduce the amount of rubbish
The event, part of Real Nappy Week in the UK and Real Diaper Week in
the US, requires participants to use 100% reusable nappies.
Reusable nappies are subsidised for parents in London, with free £54
nappy vouchers available for new parents to spend on 'real' (washable)
London currently sends around 90,000 tonnes of disposable nappies to
landfill each year, which could take up to 500 years to biodegrade.
Using real nappies helps to reduce this amount and can also save parents
£500 for their babies.
The event also featured a real nappy fashion show to demonstrate the
range of designs available for babies as well as stalls, information
and a prize draw. It was organised by Hackney Real Nappy Network on
behalf of Camden, Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets Councils.
To register for a real nappy voucher visit: http://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk