Cloth nappies

Disposable nappies are difficult to reuse or recycle. However, you can if you reduce you use of disposable nappies by using cloth nappies.

There are great benefits to using cloth nappies.

Save money

From just £80 you can kit your baby out with all the nappies they will need. Even when you take into account laundering costs, you can save up to £1000 compared to using disposable nappies.

Essex County Council is offering a £30 refund per child on the purchase of any cloth nappies providing you have a valid receipt.

Better for the environment

Cloth nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than disposable nappies. A baby will need between 4000 and 6000 nappy changes in total, which can take hundreds of years to break down if using disposables.

When using cloth nappies you can also reduce your water and electricity usage by not soaking or pre-washing. Simply wash on a full load at 40 to 60 degrees.

Easy to use

Modern washing machines make quick work of cleaning them, and in some areas nappy laundering companies will do all the washing for you.

Plenty of choice

There's a fantastic variety of types, colours and styles available. Many cloth nappies are pre-shaped and fasten with poppers, grips or Velcro.

If you are uncertain on which is the right nappy for your child, you can try different types of nappies until you find the right one.

You can also more information and advice on how to use them by contacting

the Chelmsford nappy library

the Colchester nappy library

For more information on cloth nappies and any other recycling queries, visit the Love Essex website.

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