Appeal For Nappies

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14th January 2021

By Naomi Kitchen

In 2020 The Trussell Trust reported that more than 1.2 million emergency food parcels were given to people struggling to afford essentials with 2,600 food parcels being provided every day to children in the first six months of the pandemic. It's natural that the first thing anyone thinks to donate to a food bank is food but toiletries and hygiene products, such as nappies and baby wipes are also extremely important and under increasing demand. Due to the expense of nappies and the lack of government subsidy for their purchase, millions of parents cannot afford to buy nappies, which are crucial for enabling parents to keep young children clean and healthy. In light of the recent lockdown there is also the added challenge with parents unable to find the right size nappies they need for their children.

 

Goods For Good are working tirelessly to provide emergency food banks, housing associations, refugee and asylum seekers’ drop-in centres, with the essentials they need but we need your help to be able to respond to the increasing requests from the community for nappies and baby wipes.

 

Did you know it costs an average of £13-£32 per month to buy enough nappies for a child? This constitutes 16-39% of the child benefit for one child (this doesn't include the cost of wipes or creams).* The Magpie Project recently reported that mothers are being forced to overuse or reuse nappies or not leave their homes with their babies.

 

3 billion nappies go to landfill every year - that’s 8million nappies go into landfill ever day! With many of these being unused - either leftover nappies after toilet training or a growth spurt going – Goods For Good are working hard to address the imbalance.

 

So, if you have unused nappies, or you’re able to purchase a pack of nappies and donate them, then please get in touch by emailing info@goodsforgood.org.uk All sizes of nappies welcome.

If you aren’t able to donate nappies or wipes, you can still help. For as little as £2 you can help them deliver a pack of 44 Pampers to a mum without nappies. You can donate here.

 

At Goods For Good we redistribute overstocked and unwanted goods from places where there is too much, to places where there is too little, improving people’s lives and achieving more balance in our world. To date the charity we have saved approximately 477 tonnes of essential goods from landfill - reducing our collective carbon footprint by approximately 4,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.


* APPG on Poverty