01 July 2011>
A 'green' mum from New Tredegar who uses 'real nappies' for her baby has been rewarded for her sustainable efforts.
Joanne Mayo won a real nappy prize pack after entering a special draw during Real Nappy Week recently.
During the week Caerphilly county borough council held three information roadshows in New Tredegar, Risca and Pontllanfraith, to remind local mums and dads about the benefits of using real nappies.
Cllr Lyn Ackerman visited Joanne at home to hand over her prize and congratulate the family on their green approach.
"I would urge more parents to follow Joanne's example and use real nappies for their babies. Choosing real nappies over disposables is a fantastic way to cut the cost of looking after your baby, and of reducing the amount of waste you produce," said Cllr Ackerman.
"More and more parents are discovering the benefits of real nappies, and realising how easy they are to use. Nowadays-real nappies come with Velcro or popper fasteners so you don't need to worry about safety pins, there are lots of different styles available, and you can use them for more than one child."
Welsh families throw away around 200 million disposable nappies every year. These nappies go to landfill sites, where they take up to 500 years to decompose.
Using real nappies instead reduces waste – families with one baby can cut their waste by half – and can save up to £500 for the first child and even more for subsequent children. What's more, real nappies are made of natural fibres, whereas disposables contain plastics, absorbent chemicals and paper pulp.
To find out more visit the Real Nappies Wales website.
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