What can you do?
If you’re concerned about plastic pollution and support the Nappies (Environmental Standards) Bill, please find your local MP and write to them.
Simply click the link below and enter your postcode to find your MP
Click on your MP’s name and you’ll then be able to write your message.
Let them know your thoughts on single-use plastics.
Please find an example email below.
Please find an example of a letter that could be sent below:
Dear **name of MP**
Like many people in my neighbourhood, I am increasingly concerned about the severe levels of plastic pollution and how this is affecting both the environment and the health of my friends and family.
According to recycling charity Wrap, eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, constituting 30% of all non-biodegradable waste. Disposable nappies contain microplastics and can take more than 300 years to break down; even when they do eventually decompose, they produce methane gas which contributes to global warming. Using just one reusable nappy in place of a disposable a day could save 730 nappies from landfill during the early stages of a child’s life.
In the last Parliament, David Linden MP tabled a private members bill, the Nappies (Environment Standards) Bill, which aimed to improve the environmental standards of single-use plastics in disposable nappies and cut costs for local government and young families through the promotion of reusable nappy schemes. The bill did not seek a ban on single-use nappies, as they can be an essential part of managing busy lives, but provided an important opportunity to give parents more information about reusables and the chance to give them a try.
I plead with you now to support an amendment to the Environment Bill that would allow the clauses of the Nappies (Environmental Standards) Bill to be included in it. This amendment would incentivise local authorities across the country to roll out reusable nappy schemes to help reduce disposable nappy waste and the circulation of single-use plastics as well as seek stricter regulations around environmental claims made by disposable nappy manufacturers.
**Insert name and address**