Limerick City and County Council have announced its participation in a pilot scheme to provide cloth nappies to twenty Limerick families
By Caleb Brennan
Limerick City and County Council will roll out a reusable cloth nappy pilot scheme to a number of local families.
The Cloth Nappy Incentive Scheme is a waste prevention initiative which aims to financially support families to switch to reusable cloth nappies when they would not be able to before due to costs.
Twenty families who will take part in the initiative will be provided with a voucher to use to purchase a cloth nappy starter kit from partner retailers Summer Sweets Baby or Nappy Rebels.
Lisa Marie O’Shea, owner of the Nappy Rebel, told Limerick Voice, “We are absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to be included in this scheme.”
“This scheme is the first of this kind in Ireland and we believe that this is a great chance for families to try and give reusable nappies and wipes a go. We have sourced excellent, high-quality products for these bundles to give families the best first experience.”
More than one million disposable nappies go to landfill daily in Ireland, according to Miss O’Shea, with the nappies themselves taking over 500 years to degrade completely.
“Furthermore, one baby goes through anywhere between 4,000 and 6,000 disposable nappies by the time they are potty trained. In contrast, reusable nappies can be used for multiple children which makes sense for your pocket and the environment,” added Miss O’Shea.
The initiative will be managed by VOICE Ireland, who aim to empower Irish communities to take action to reduce waste and conserve resources.
Speaking on the initiative Sinead Mc Donnell, Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council, said, “There is a simple online application form and if you meet the basic eligibility in terms of local and your baby’s age and require the financial support of the scheme to try cloth nappies, Voice Ireland will email you with your voucher number on behalf of Limerick City and County Council.
“Limerick pilot participants are required to take part in follow-up surveys and interviews, this is to look at the impact of the scheme.”
For any family that would be interested in participating in the cloth nappy scheme or for all the details, go here.