VOICE Celebrates Reusable Nappy Week

At VOICE, our commitment to waste reduction is unwavering.

By Lyndsey O'Connell

We have a mission to address pressing waste management issues, and we're thrilled to announce our participation in Reusable Nappy Week, running from April 22nd to 28th.

This week presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the environmental impact of disposable nappies and advocate for reusable alternatives.

Did you know that a staggering 10% of Ireland's household bins are filled with disposable nappies?

This alarming statistic continues to rise, posing significant challenges for waste management and environmental conservation efforts. However, there is hope. Through our Cloth Nappy Scheme, VOICE is actively promoting the use of reusable nappies as a practical and eco-friendly solution.

Last year, our campaign lead, Abi, secured funding to distribute 164 FREE cloth nappy starter kits to families in Ireland. This initiative aimed to empower parents/guardians to make informed choices and experience the benefits of cloth nappies firsthand. Now, as we gear up for Reusable Nappy Week, we're excited to build on this momentum and inspire even more positive change.

Throughout the week, VOICE will be spearheading three key initiatives:

  1. Cloth Nappy Drive: We're calling on individuals to donate high-quality, unused cloth nappies, inserts, and wipes. Collaborating with Zero Waste Lviv, these donations will be distributed to families and children in war-torn Ukraine, providing them with essential resources while promoting sustainability.
  2. Policy Advocacy: Our policy director, Abi O'Callaghan-Platt, will submit a comprehensive document to elected representatives in Leinster House. This document outlines recommendations for addressing the oversight in the Waste Management Plan concerning disposable nappy waste, advocating for sustainable nappy waste management practices.
  3. Public Education: Through our social media platforms and partnerships with international organizations, we'll be raising awareness about the environmental hazards of disposable nappies and sharing valuable insights into sustainable parenting practices.

Why is Reusable Nappy Week important?

It's a chance for us to collectively take action against the growing waste crisis and embrace more sustainable lifestyles. By choosing reusable nappies, we can significantly reduce our ecological footprint and pave the way for a cleaner, greener future for generations to come.

Join us in celebrating Reusable Nappy Week and let's make a positive impact together. Together, we can make a difference—one nappy change at a time.

Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to get involved. Together, we can be the change we wish to see in the world.

Lyuba Bokalo from NGO Zero Waste Lviv,  mother of two said..."Cloth nappies are more friendly to the environment, parents' wallets, and children's health. In such cities as Lviv (western Ukraine), which became a new home for a huge part of refugees, the load on the waste management system has increased. And to the non-recyclable waste, destruction waste was added. And, unfortunately, now it all goes to landfills. But at the same time, all infrastructure (water, electricity) is working (with the exception of significant interruptions due to the shelling of energy facilities at the end of 2022).

Now in Ukraine we see that the prices of such goods as nappies are increasing. Cloth nappies are often not popular because of their price, which is higher than disposable ones. We, Zero waste Lviv, as an environmental organisation, promote reusable hygiene products and are convinced that the help should be appropriate. We thank our VOICE partners for organizing the collection of cloth nappies, which will be given to families with infants in the city of Lviv.''

VOICE is dedicated to empowering communities and fostering sustainable lifestyles/communities. By advocating for reusable nappies and promoting environmentally responsible practices, we aim to drive positive change and mitigate the adverse impacts of disposable nappies on our planet.