What is Real Nappy Week and how can I help?
The Real Nappy movement was started almost 20 years ago by some keen individuals via an off shoot of Womens Environmental Network called the Real Nappy Association in order to publicise the alternatives to disposables with a view to reducing waste. The very first Real Nappy Week was held in 1997.
At the time, the internet was just growing in popularity, but, with groups of ‘clothies’ coming together via the online forums in various areas, often as Real Nappy Network, events were held where parents and parents to be could come and see the new styles of modern cloth nappies that were coming onto the market.
Various publicity stunts were pulled including the Nappy Mountain - a huge, smelly pile of rubbish to show just how much rubbish one baby in cloth would generate.
In 2003 WEN and others persuaded the government to recognise the need to reduce nappy waste, and WRAP funding was available with the Real Nappy Campaign which funded many real nappy projects and also kick started many local authorities into providing incentives and hire kits, many of which continue to this day, in particular the very successful Real Nappies for London voucher scheme across many London boroughs.
If you feel strongly that using cloth nappies isn’t rocket science and would like to help show other parents just how easy and nice cloth nappies are, why not hold an event for Real Nappy Week this year?
Real Nappy Week is organised annually by Go Real the organisation that now runs the Real Nappy Campaign.
RUNNING AN EVENT FOR REAL NAPPY WEEK
RNW usually has a theme, this year’s is ‘Changing the World, one nappy at a time’. In conjunction with this theme, alongside the main Hunt competition, Billy is promoting our ‘Share the Love’ competition to convert a friend to trying real nappies
RNW 2015 runs from Monday 20th April to Sunday 26th April 2015
The 2015 Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on April 18, 2015 at 11:00, local time.
CHOOSE A VENUE & DATE
- Make sure it’s easily accessible on foot or by bus as well as by car
- A child friendly venue such as a Children’s Centre or community centre is best
- Ask your local council’s waste department if they will help with sourcing a venue – this could be in the council offices or another facility of theirs such a library
- Check availability of loos and a kitchen area for drinks (and cakes)
- Ground floor is easiest for buggys and prams
- Check availability of tables, chairs and toys for older children
PLAN YOUR EVENT
- Get together with other cloth nappy users in your area, or ask on facebook or forums for local users to help
- Invite any local retailers to come along with their wares (Click Here)
- Work out who is bringing which nappies to show on the day
- Allocate who will bring teas coffees and cakes or a box of toys etc.
PLAN YOUR PUBLICITY
- Send email press releases to the news desk of your local papers, local radio stations, outlining what the event is and it’s purpose, the day and time as well as venue. Remind the newspapers that you are expecting plenty of babies and they may wish to also send a photographer.
- Download and print our poster, add the details and put up in local surgeries, noticeboards, baby clinics etc
- Get in touch with your local NCT branch and ensure their bumps and babies groups are invited
- Get in touch with your local community midwife and ask if she will hand out leaflets or advise of the event.
- Pop a poster in the local Post Office window.
- Create and even on Facebook and share with your friends
- Let Billy know and he can post it on this website
ON THE DAY
- Arrive early to set up
- A table cloth over the table will show off the nappies to bet effect
- Be welcoming and greet everyone as they come in
- Remember to reassure rather than be dictatorial, and keep things simple so as to not put off a potential convertee.
- Smile and enjoy!
- Report back to us on your success, and include photos too if you like on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheGreatBritishNappyHunt