Funding boost for nappy campaign

A GROUP of green volunteers has won funding to keep their re-usable nappy network going for another three years.Community group Suffolk Real Nappy Network, which aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of nappies, has been awarded a grant from Suffolk County Council.

A GROUP of green volunteers has won funding to keep their re-usable nappy network going for another three years.

Community group Suffolk Real Nappy Network, which aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of nappies, has been awarded a grant from Suffolk County Council.

It allows the group, which educates parents about the advantages of cloth nappies, to continue making inroads in to diverting waste from landfill sites.

Babies use around 5,000 nappies over their nappy-wearing life, which produces a mountain of waste equivalent to 130 black bin-bags.

Nearly eight million nappies are thrown away in Britain every day, adding up to three billion a year.

Eddy Alcock, county council portfolio holder for environment and waste management said: “Suffolk is running out of landfill space.

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“By using reusable nappies we choose not to fill our landfill space with disposables - which can take several hundred years to decompose.

Louise Gooch, a Nappy Network director, said she was delighted with the continued support for the group.

“We look forward to continuing to promote the environmental and financial benefits of reusable nappies.”

Sandy Martin, Labour lead for the environment, waste management and economic development, said: “I believe our constant arguments in favour of funding the network have finally paid off.”

He also called on the Conservatives to do more to reduce waste.

Andrew Cann, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat and Independent Group, said: “Nappy Network does an enormous amount to reduce one of the biggest causes of landfill.

The network is holding a reusable nappy demonstration at its shop in Westgate House, Museum Street, on Wednesday.

To book a place call 0870 005 3985. For more information go to www.suffolkrealnappynetwork.org.uk

Are you involved in a green scheme? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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