— Mark Twain
Town halls have spent £3million in the past five years trying to persuade parents to use washable nappies.Well, why not? It just grows on the money tree, doesn’t it?
Whitehall stopped putting money into propaganda for washable nappies in 2007 after research showed that while they reduce landfill they make an impact on the environment in other ways, such as the water and energy used in laundering them.We all know how hard it is to get monolithic bureaucracies to turn around, so a few months delay shouldn’t be surpri…
But councils have continued to sink funds into nappy campaigns despite overwhelming evidence that they are pointless.
Among the councils subsidising nappies, Southend in Essex spent more than £46,000 giving mothers free nappies or laundry help in a campaign which was closed in March.Well, at least they’ve stopped now, right?
Pembrokeshire has spent nearly £120,000 since 2006, and is highlighting Real Nappy Week – which begins today – to its residents.It’s not just the nappies that pong a bit, is it?