Give and take day - pick up free maternity and baby clothes

Pick up free pre-loved cloth nappies, maternity and baby clothes atour nappy give and take day on Wednesday to mark Real Nappy Week (Monday 23 April – Sunday 29 April).

Taking place at the Round Chapel Old School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Rd, E5 OPU on Wednesday 25 April from 11.00am to 12 noon, the event will also be a chance tomeet local parents,find outabout real nappies and watch a real nappy demo. You don’t need to bring anything to take something away.

Babies use close to 2,000 plastic disposable nappies every year until potty trained – and with more than 4,000 babies born every year in the borough, plastic nappies account for around 6% of waste in Hackney. You can make a difference by using real nappies.

Sarah Williams, Recycling Manager at Hackney Council, has been using real nappies with her baby girl and has some tips for starting out with cloth nappies.

There is no doubt that it is tough making that first decision about what type to use and what to buy because there is so much choice out there. My advice is to buy a few different types and give them a go. Then buy more of what you like the best.

I thought the All In One nappies sounded easier before I started but I’ve found the two part system brilliant, changing the nappy every time and the wrap only when it gets dirty or wet.

I have spent so little money on buying nappies. There’s heaps of used nappies going free or cheap and they are as good as new – or sometimes even better as the absorbency improves with use.

Inevitably along your real nappy journey there will be a few bumps and I can see how it would be so easy to give up, but the advice out there on social media and from friends who have used them has been so helpful and solved every problem almost immediately.

We love using Real nappies for many reasons but there’s something really special about making the choice to put cloth on my baby girl’s skin instead of plastic and chemicals. As an environmentalist, the waste issue (or lack of) is a key winner too – why create mountains of waste when there is a kinder, better alternative, which is virtually waste free.

Sarah Williams, Recycling Manager at Hackney Council

Using reusable real nappies, could also save you between £500 and £1,000 per baby. To help you get started with real nappies, we offer Hackney residents a £54 voucher to help cover the costs of buying real cotton nappies or to get started with the Nappy Ever After laundry service.

You can claim your voucher online or turn up to the eventon Wednesday and redeem one on the spot.

Oliver and Chloe from Stoke Newington attended our real nappy demo event on Friday. They claimed their free £54 voucher and spent it on a selection of reusable nappies, reusable wet wipes and a swimming nappy for six week old baby Percy.

Read more news of London on our site.

If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Children living in London boroughs with high diesel pollution suffer from stunted lung capacity, putting them at risk of early death, a study has said. Pupils living in areas that failed to meet EU nitrogen dioxide limits were at increased risk of lung disease, researchers found. The research studied 2,000 London school children over five years. "We are raising a generation of children reaching adulthood with stunted lungs," researchers said. Academics fro...
A private school teacher has been left partially blind after another woman smashed a glass in her face during a night out.  Lisa Bertsch, 30, was at the Be At One bar in Richmond when she was hit in her right eye. The tumbler shattered and left Ms Bertsch, who lives with her boyfriend in Kingston, needing emergency surgery. She said the attack happened when she tried to stop the assailant pouring a cocktail over her friend’s belongings. Ms Bertsch added th...
Discarded syringes have been left in play areas and car parks as a BBC investigation found councils were being called 50 times a day to remove them. Figures obtained by the BBC showed councils handled 18,496 cases in 2017-18, a rise of 7% in two years. A volunteer pricked by a discarded needle has told how he faces a wait for HIV and hepatitis test results. The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was "committed to doing more to reduce d...
The German Zeppelin bombing campaign of London during WWI has been brought to the fore again days before the centenary of the war in a film made by schoolchildren. The first ever example of strategic bombing in history - a tactic used in total war with the goal of defeating the enemy by destroying their morale or economy - was during the First World War Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II initially banned attacks on the capital because of his close connection to the...
London’s busiest train station has recruited a hawk to scare off pigeons following a spate of complaints from angry passengers. Aria, a five-year-old harris hawk, has begun patrolling Waterloostation in a bid to stop people having to “fight" off pigeons while eating. There are 27 food and drink retailers at the Network Rail-managed station, and many customers have complained about pigeons pecking at food and leaving a mess. The birds have been pictured sit...
London City Airport is going to fine airlines for breaching noise limits after a surge in complaints from residents.  The airport, based in the Royal Docks, has launched a “penalty and incentive” scheme for planes breaching its rules, and will name and shame them online. Bosses revealed the airport had seen a spike in complaints since launching concentrated flight paths in February 2016. The paths were changed after new air traffic control technology was b...
The Crossrail delay will cost Transport for London almost £200 million next year in lost revenue, the Standard has learned. Latest calculations suggest the expected nine-month delay to the completion of the Elizabeth Line, first revealed in August, will cost the cash-strapped body almost £550,000-a-day.  TfL, which has a deficit of around £1bn, has told the London Assembly it will miss out on £170million income from passenger fares and up to £20million in...
Motorists who park in cycle lanes in one of London’s “Mini Holland” boroughs could have their residents’ parking permits revoked, council chiefs warned today. A crackdown on illegal parking has been launched by Waltham Forest council amid growing anger at the way some drivers are blocking the new routes.  They are being introduced under a £30 million initiative to encourage walking and cycling by building Dutch-style segregated routes, including a three-mi...
‘Only a bloody stark raving alcoholic is bloody drunk at 1.30pm in the afternoon,’ says Air India pilot. A senior Air India pilot was grounded after he failed breathalyser tests shortly before a flight from New Delhi to London on Sunday. Arvind Kathpalia, who is responsible for safety at the airline as operations director, denied drinking on the job and said he would contest the results of the alcohol checks. “It was 1.30pm in the afternoon, only a bloody...