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Nappy Birthday

Date: 25/06/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

MEDIA INVITE There'll be lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play at a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Saturday, 12 July. The Medway Cloth Nappy Network, in partnership with the NCT and Medway Council, invites all under-fives and their parents to join in the fun and games from 11am to 2.30pm. Teddy bears and their families will be gathering at St Alban’s Church, Robin Hood Lane, Blue Bell Hill for a fun-filled day to celebrate Medway Cloth Nappy Network’s second birthday. A wide range of activities for children and parents includes; Sing and Sign, story time, crafts, fun and games for all ages including a best-dressed bear competition and the chance to make your own bear. Mini-models will take centre stage on the ‘kitten walk’ to display the latest ranges of cloth nappies in the fashion show. If all this activity leaves you feeling exhausted, home made cakes and Fair Trade refreshments will be available to supplement your picnic. Everyone is welcome to attend - just bring your bear and a picnic. The Medway Cloth Nappy Network is a group of parents who are using or planning to use an alternative to disposable nappies for their children. The group, supported by Medway Council, was set up in August 2006 and meets regularly to share advice, ideas and experiences. Parents choosing cloth nappies can save themselves hundreds of pounds per child and can also claim back up to £30 from Medway Council’s incentive scheme to encourage more parents to choose cloth. Some nappy facts § Reusable nappies are chemical-free and can be washed at 60c. § Children in cloth nappies tend to toilet train about six months sooner than those in disposable nappies. § With velcro fastenings and nappy nippas, there is no longer any need for safety pins. § In Britain, eight million nappies are thrown away each day. § A baby requires over 2,000 nappy changes a year. This amount would fill more than 40 black sacks. § 94 per cent of nappies end up in landfill sites. § Disposable nappies consume large amounts of natural resources each year. § With flushable liners, all waste is dealt with by the sewage system. For further information, visit the website: www.medway.gov.uk/nappies or contact jenny@medwayclothnappies.org.uk - phone 01634 687519