Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

27th April 2006

 

Green Euro MP Backs 10th Real Nappy Week

London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert has joined parents, organisations and over 150 UK parliamentarians to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Real Nappy Week taking place this week.

Fashion shows, coffee mornings and a variety of hundreds of events are taking place across the UK to celebrate the success of this global phenomenon.

The Euro MP today praised the growth of Real Nappy Week and Women's Environmental Network which co-ordinated the week and said; "Its great that more and more parents have chosen to use reusable nappies for their children since the first real nappy week in 1996.

"The wide range of nappies covering a variety of different designs, styles, colours and fabrics including organic, waterproof and breathable materials are now the ultimate eco and economic lifestyle choice.

"Eight million nappies are thrown away everyday with 90% of these ending up in landfill but Real Nappies can be used time and time again. As well as reducing the amount of household waste going to landfill, the nappies are cost effective for families too at almost £500 cheaper per baby than disposables."

A record 840-plus supporters have signed up to back Real Nappy Week including over 90 percent of all UK local authorities. Parents can get more advise on Real Nappies via the Real Nappy Hotline on 0845 850 0606 or the Nappy finder website www.realnappycampaign.com/nappyfinder

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For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
email: media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk
www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.

Real Nappy Week is co-ordinated by WEN and sponsored by WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) through its Real Nappy Campaign and supported by the Waste Aware Scotland campaign. See www.wen.org.uk/rnw/

Women's Environmental Network (WEN) is a registered charity that campaigns on issues which link women, health and the environment. WEN has been involved in Real Nappy Week since its inception and has co-ordinated the week in it current form since 2000. Other current issues include food, toxic chemicals and the environmental impacts of disposable sanitary and incontinence protection. See www.wen.org.uk

WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) is a major UK programme established to promote resource efficiency. Its particular focus is on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products removing the barriers to waste minimisation, reuse and recycling. See www.wrap.org.uk