Childcare advice at free coffee mornings

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A local nappy company is offering advice is about using cloth nappies at free coffee mornings in Hackney.

Nappuccino, the real nappy event, helps you find out all the information you need about using cloth nappies. Visitors can also earn a £54.15 voucher towards the cost of cloth nappies and redeem it at the same event.

A local laundry service offers weekly collections and delivers a fresh supply of nappies for a similar cost to that of buying disposables. Mapledene and Queensbridge Children’s Centre launched their first Nappuccino of the academic year on September 30, after the monthly events moved from Hackney City Farm.

According to the Environment Agency’s life cycle analysis report on nappies in 2008, using cloth nappies can be up to 40 per cent better for the environment than disposables.

Cloth nappies have far less impact on landfill sites, as opposed to the three billion disposable nappies that are thrown away each year in the UK, and 90 per cent of these are land-filled. A baby in disposables will need about 4,000 nappy changes in total.

The annual, local awareness campaign provides support and advice to people who are keen to help protect the environment.

A spokesperson for Hackney Council said: “Around six per cent of waste in Hackney comes from disposable nappies. By using real nappies, you can make an important contribution to waste reduction in the borough. Using real nappies is quick and easy and can save parents up to £1,200 by the time a baby is potty trained.”

Events are organised by the Hackney Real Nappy Network in partnership with the council’s recycling team and local not-for-profit enterprise Nappy Ever After.

All Nappuccinos take place from 10am to 12noon at Queensbridge and Mapledene Children Centre, London, E8 3LE.

The events take place on: November 25, 2011, and next year, January 27, February 24, March 30, April 27, May 25, June 29, 2012.

To register contact Leo Barricarte Bulnes on 020 8356 7930 or email:

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