Join the real nappy brigade in Matlock

Real Nappy Advisor Lisa Israel hangs out some of the modern designed garments for babies in Real Nappy Week.
Real Nappy Advisor Lisa Israel hangs out some of the modern designed garments for babies in Real Nappy Week.

When eco-conscious mum Lisa Israel had her first child three years ago she knew she wanted to use cloth nappies.

Now the mum-of-two is championing the real nappy revolution and is hosting workshops in Matlock to show parents how to save money and the environment.

To mark Real Nappy Week – from April 26 to May 2 – Lisa, who lives in Belper, is highlighting the benefits of using washable nappies over disposables.

Gone are pins and plastic pants, modern cloth nappies are stylish and eco-friendly – and easier to use than people might think.

While researching cloth nappies versus disposables, information such as takes up to 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose, solidified Lisa’s commitment to cloth.

She said: “Before my daughter was born we decided that we really didn’t want to use disposable nappies, contributing massively to landfill.

“We were keen to save money so cloth nappies were the obvious choice for us and I’m really quite passionate about it.

“I don’t think parents realise there are so many alternatives and there is still a misconception that there is a lot of hard work involved.”

She added: “I’m a busy mum so believe me if using washables wasn’t easy, I wouldn’t be using them.”

Washable nappies now come with easy to use fastenings and in a wide choice of colours and fun designs.

They can be used with a liner that can be flushed away or reusable liners that can be washed and used again.

There is also no need to soak or boil them and they can be washed at 40 degrees Celsius.

Lisa, who has a three-year-old daughter Isla and one-year-old son Joe, said: “I used them for two children so it worked out a lot cheaper. The nappies we used for my daughter are now being used on my son.

“There are lots of other benefits too. You don’t run out as you’ve always got them at home and it is nicer for babies to wear cloth as it keeps them cool and you don’t get all the chemicals that are in disposables so they are better for babies skin.

“A lot of people think they are going to be hard work and we do live in a disposable society where people can’t be bothered but they are much easier than people think.

“It can be more expensive at first to buy all the nappies but if you look at the bigger picture it does work out a lot cheaper.”

The ‘Nappuccino’ events – coffee mornings hosted by Lisa where parents can find out more about real nappies – will take place at Matlock’s All Saints Church from 2pm to 4pm on April 21, May 19 and June 24.

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