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Council to host ‘Nappuccino’ event showcasing benefits of reusable nappies & baby wipes

18 November 2022


As part of the European Week of Waste Reduction, with the overall theme of circular and sustainable textiles, Derry City and Strabane District Council will host a ‘Nappuccino’ morning. The event will provide parents with advice and information on reusable nappies, wipes and sanitary items.

A ‘Nappuccino’ event is an informal gathering where parents with babies and toddlers can come together, share experiences and get information on reusable baby care over a cup of coffee. The event will take place in the Foyle Arena on Tuesday 22nd November between 10am and 12pm.

The local authority, which is one of the first in Europe to adopt a Zero Waste Circular Economy Strategy, is aiming to raise awareness of ways in which we can all reduce waste and live more sustainably.

For centuries women have used cloth nappies on their babies – and they are now experiencing a global revival with substantial savings to be made by parents and the added benefit of being an eco-friendly option.

Council’s Recycling and Waste and Recycling Officer Julie Hannaway said, “We are really excited to deliver another Council-led Nappuccino event in the District area. “Washable cotton nappies are a really cost effective option for parents – with research indicating that anything from £150 to £1000 can be saved from birth to potty by opting for re-usable rather than disposable nappies. 

“Indeed, depending on the parent’s choice of nappies savings stack up even further when the cloth nappies are used on multiple children. It’s also the eco-friendliest option, helping to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Sandra Duffy, said this was a fantastic opportunity for parents to learn about new ways to reduce their waste. 

“It’s fantastic to see our Council leading the way on this awareness-raising initiative, giving parents the chance to learn practical new skills that will reduce waste after having a baby.

“Worryingly, every nappy that has ever been sent to landfill still exists today. This is unsustainable and is also extremely costly for Council and ultimately ratepayers. The ‘Nappuccino’ event will be great for new parents and guardians to have a look at the demonstration items without having to buy them first, in a relaxed environment and have a lovely coffee with other like-minded people.”

The ‘Nappuccino’ event will take place in the Foyle Arena on Tuesday 22nd November between 10am and 12pm.