The Happy Nappy Initiative is back, after proving popular
with parents and reducing landfill volume.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council's Happy Nappy
Initiative is back by popular demand as a cheaper and greener
option for parents and babies' caregivers.
The scheme, launched in late 2011, was aimed reducing the
amount of disposable nappies going to landfill by giving the
opportunity to buy a starter pack of modern cloth nappies for
Council solid waste manager Stefan Borowy said in a statement
the scheme was ''very popular'' and it was an easy decision
to do it again.
''The feedback we had from those who participated last year
was overwhelmingly positive,'' Mr Borowy said.
''We surveyed the participants after the first six months of
use and 86% were continuing to use cloth nappies while over
70% had noticed a reduction in the amount of rubbish they
were putting out each week.''
The contents of the nappy packs had been changed based on the
survey responses. While the packs would cost $20 this year,
the quality had improved, with each pack now having a retail
value of at least $170, he said.
Catkin Bartlett was one of the initial participants in the
Happy Nappy Initiative and she said it was interesting to see
the increase in the amount of rubbish produced by her
household when they have friends come to stay who use
disposable nappies for their babies.
There had also been advantages for her in terms of cost and
ease of use, she said.
''The cloth nappies are definitely cheaper and I also don't
have to worry about lugging large packs of nappies back from
the supermarket. Using them has made my life easier in that
Workshops were being held with nappy educator Kate Mead,
''The Nappy Lady'', who would talk about modern nappy
options, explain the pack and how to wash and care for the
nappies, as well as discussing the environmental issues
concerning alternative options.
Participants at the workshops would receive a voucher
entitling them to buy a subsidised nappy starter pack. Packs
would be available for purchase by people with babies aged 0
to 9 months, or those who were expecting a child.
Mr Borowy said due to limits on the number of packs
available, workshop participants would have first call on
vouchers, with any remaining being available at council
offices from March 4.