Monica Demands Urgent Action to End Nappy Poverty

An increase in families struggling to afford nappies has led to renewed calls on the Scottish Government to take urgent action.

On a visit to NappiRunz, an Edinburgh-based charity that supports families by collecting and donating spare unused nappies, Monica  was moved by stories of parents cutting back on nappy changes due to poverty.

Monica has praised the charity that supports families in Lothian and Fife for highlighting nappy need as a hidden issue, and for diverting unused nappies from landfill sites.

Following a visit to NappiRunz to coincide with Reusable Nappy Week 2023, Monica Lennon MSP said:

“The hidden issue of nappy need is a serious issue that needs a serious response from the Scottish Government.

“Reusable Nappy Week has shone a light on the initiatives that local authorities and charities are providing, and I was delighted to visit NappiRunz to learn more about their fantastic work.

“Practical and affordable actions can be taken to alleviate cost-of-living pressures while reducing the environmental impact of nappy waste, but more national support for local action is needed.

“Charities like NappiRunz are working with health visitors to ensure that babies and children have the nappies they need. Too many are going without the clean nappies they need, and in modern Scotland this is an absolute disgrace.

“I have written to the Scottish Government to ask them to consider proposals for improving the affordability and accessibility of nappies, including reusables that are kinder to people’s pockets and the planet.”

Toyin Ware, founder of NappiRunz said: “NappiRunz is an Edinburgh-based charity that gives nappies to families who need them. We help to reduce waste and nappy poverty by re-distributing unused disposable nappies collected from the local community in Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife.

“We always recommend reusable nappies, but for the many families who find themselves in a position where disposable nappies are more accessible and the easiest option due to other financial pressures, please remember to donate your spares rather than throwing them away so we can continue spreading Nappiness!”

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering should email enquiries@nappirunz.co.uk or visit www.nappirunz.com

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.