Little Lancing Day Nursery and Forest School is to become the very first within the Tops family of day nurseries to solely use reusable nappies. Plastic nappies brought in from parents will be returned home and any child arriving at the nursery in plastic nappies will be changed into a cloth one at the first nappy change. This bold move supports the Tops ethos of being as eco-sustainable as possible.
As GECCO news subscribers know, Tops MD Cheryl Hadland has for some time encouraged the behavioural change from disposable to reusable nappies through her Real Nappy Campaign.
To wash the nappies, Little Lancing will be using BioVation’s latest product, Nappy BioWash. Nappy BioWash is a biological cleaning solution, which eliminates the risk of cross-contamination without soaking, allowing nappies from different babies to be washed at once. This solves an issue which has been one of the biggest obstacles to the use of washable nappies in nurseries, as to wash each baby’s nappies separately is neither time-effective or environmentally friendly.
The BioWash product comes in biodegradable white tubs and uses three scoops per 5kg of washing; it can also be used alongside the EcoEggs already in use at the nurseries.
Little Lancing Day Nursery & Forest School, which opened its doors earlier this month, is the flagship nursery trialling the change, with Tops hoping to roll out the scheme in all thirty nurseries in due course, and actively looking for funding to help their project of introducing re-useable nappies in Early Years settings.