Let’s face it, we go to festivals to relax and chill. Taking babies and/or toddlers to festivals is a job in itself, right? You wouldn’t expect parents to wash nappies at a festival, would you?
But on the other hand, people who go to festivals are probably more passionate about using washable nappies than the rest of the population. They probably use them at home but they need some support and encouragement to use them at a festival.
And nappy waste is a cost for festivals. A cost they’d like to minimise, right? For the last 2 years Nappy Ever After has been attending Buddhafield Festival to find out what can be done to reduce festival nappy waste.
Here are our tips based on what we’ve seen and heard:
- Create a culture of minimal nappy wearing time. Babies and toddlers really don’t need to be in nappies 24/7. We’re in the open air, treat it like a garden, we’re with like-minded people. But do clean up when necessary, obviously!
- Encourage parents to bring a potty and let their children show off their recently acquired skill in full view of other children. Seeing other children using the toilet/potty is inspiring to children still wearing nappies.
- If you have a stay & play area make cotton nappies available for use while the child is there (local nappy laundry services can supply)
- Parents find it useful to hire cotton nappies and a bucket for washing: less to carry there and back! Most of the nappies will only be damp and poo is caught on a bio-degradable liner that can go in the compost loo. You do have composting loos at your festival, right?
- Parents find they can wash nappies in cold water and hang out to dry. Sunshine bleaches and sterilises.
- Provide under cover washing lines for airing nappies over night so cloth nappy families don’t have to share their sleeping space with damp nappies.
- Organise on site advice and activities around washing nappies, potty training, EC and more. Local nappy companies or nappy libraries are likely to be happy to attend.
For further information email or call Nappy Ever After. Contact details via our website. If you have experience of washing nappies at festivals please post your views and experience below.