Reusable nappy scheme

Why use real nappies?

Switching to real nappiesUsing reusable cloth nappies, which are often referred to as 'real nappies' has benefits for the child, the family, the community and the environment. Research shows that around three billion disposable nappies are sent to landfill each year in the UK - that's around 4,000 nappies per child from birth to potty training age. Each year this costs taxpayers £32 million, and each nappy takes up to 500 years to biodegrade. Using real nappies reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill and also reduces the amount of energy and non-renewable resources consumed when compared to disposables.

As well as the obvious environmental benefits there are also further financial gains. Parents could save up to £500 by choosing real nappies over leading disposable brands, and could make further savings when nappies are passed down and used again by another child.

As real nappies come in a range of different fabrics, including cotton, microfibre, bamboo and hemp, they can be as kind to your baby's skin as possible.

Getting started with real nappies

To help get you started with real nappies, we offer Dacorum residents the chance to apply for a free starter kit worth over £100. The starter kit contains: five all-in-one cloth nappies, one night nappy and wrap, one booster and one roll of disposable liners; from two of the leading real nappy brands. Alternatively, if you buy your own real nappies or join a nappy laundering scheme we will give you £50 cashback towards the cost.

If you are struggling to choose a real nappy that suits your baby and your lifestyle, consider trialling different nappies from a Real Nappy Library.

The local cloth nappy library Stork and the Bees hires out personalised nappy kits for one month at a cost of £1 per nappy and regularly holds real nappy demonstrations and information mornings in the local area. By trying a variety of different real nappy styles, you can then purchase your real nappies with confidence. 

Visit the Stork and the Bees Facebook page for more information.

Claim your £50 cashback or free starter kit worth over £100 

Simply download a copy of the  Real Nappy Reward Leaflet and Application Form (PDF 2.5MB) which includes information on the benefits, different types of real nappies and more. Please email your completed applications to or send them to:

Environmental Services
Cupid Green Depot
Redbourn Road
Hemel Hempstead

Find out more about real nappies

Hemel Hempstead mother, Sarah Tucker, tells us why she uses real nappies and recommends other parents give them ago. Read about her

 Real nappy story (PDF 443KB)

Visit the WasteAware webpage for more details on the scheme, and watch a video on why real nappies rock.

Visit Go Real - The Real Nappy Information Service for more information on: 

  • The benefits of real nappies
  • Where to buy real nappies
  • How to use real nappies
  • Top tips
  • FAQs