Monica Visits Cloth Nappy Factory on Mission to Ensure National Access to Reusable Schemes

Monica was welcomed by husband-and-wife Magnus and Fiona Smyth to tour the factory of their award-winning business ‘TotsBots’, which started from their kitchen table 20 years ago.

TotsBots are an official contributor to the Scottish Government’s Baby Box, with every parent receiving a free voucher for one of their impressive reusable nappies. Monica Lennon described this as a ‘step in the right direction’ but feels more needs to be done.

Monica has been urging the Scottish Government to implement a country-wide reusable nappy scheme for over a year now in a bid to stop the current ‘postcode lottery’.

Research by Monica's office revealed that only five local authorities in Scotland offer reusable nappy schemes, a number unchanged from the previous year.

She commented:

“Scottish businesses like TotsBots are paving the way for a sustainable future by normalising reusable products and preventing hundreds of thousands of disposable nappies from being sent to landfill every day.

“Meeting Magnus and Fiona and learning more about the importance of reusability has reaffirmed to me the urgent need for a national reusable nappy scheme not only to minimise waste but also to prevent nappy poverty.

“With the cost of living rising, devastatingly, many families are struggling to afford essential products like nappies.

“A consistent reusable nappy scheme available country-wide would allow parents to live more sustainably, both economically and environmentally.”

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.