The Nappy Laundry company to receive green award.


The Nappy Laundry Company based in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire has won a Green Apple Environmental Award in the national campaign to find Scotland’s greenest companies, councils and communities.


Competing against more than 100 nominations in the Scottish Green Apple Awards, business owner Nicole Hepburn will be presented with a trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in Edinburgh Zoo on September 2.


Environmental Minister Paul Wheelhouse is expected to present the awards.


The Nappy Laundry Company was set up almost 6 years ago in response to a rising demand for cloth nappies and a laundry service in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.


Over the years since it started, the business has prevented around 45 tonnes of disposable nappy waste going into landfill by offering parents an alternative to throw away nappies.

Business owner Nicole Hepburn said: “We are delighted to have received this award. Over the last five years cloth nappies have become easier to use and more and more parents are realising that it is a great alternative to disposables, not only is it better for your baby and the environment it is also kinder on the pocket.


“Cloth nappy users can save as much as £700 per child and in the current economic climate more parents are turning to cloth.”


The Nappy Laundry Company is the only independent cloth nappy retailer and laundry in the North-east of Scotland.


“We are not just an online shop and laundry we offer parents the chance to try cloth nappies free of charge through our nappy lend scheme and we also offer a newborn nappy hire service.  We also do talks about the benefits of cloth at local groups for mums-to-be and new mums,” explained Nicole


Last year they were awarded the Green Butterfly Award by Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum.


The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as Britain’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.


The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environmental group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.


The Environmental Agency, the Chartered Institute for Waste Management and other independent bodies support the Green Apple Awards.






Playtime in the Summer

It’s National Playday, a day that promotes the benefits of outdoor play for children, and this year it is highlighting places across the UK that are great for kids.

I love the summer weather and this year it has been exceptional and provided a great opportunity to get those kids outdoors!

At age 9 and 7, my oldest two are making the most of the holidays.  They are out from morning to early evening, only returning home when their rumbling tummies dictate.  This really is the the ultimate freedom for any child – playtime!

Kicking balls, climbing trees, hide and seek with the neighbours, a play in the local park, racing scooters and bikes – there is a whole world to explore until teatime.

Kids develop such important life skills when they are out playing unsupervised by adults.  They learn conflict resolution. They learn to work as a team. Then of course there are the obvious health benefits.

There are always some worries as a parent: traffic, bullying and stranger danger.  But at some stage you have to let go and give them the responsibility and it is amazing to see them grow when given that little bit of responsibility.

I have recently let my two boys start walking to school together without mum.  It is a 30 minute walk with some busy roads, however they both rise to the responsibility and behave so well and are so careful because they are aware that walking without mum is a privilege that could be revoked if I hear any untoward reports.

Perhaps I am one of the lucky minority living in a seaside town in the North-east of Scotland where we know our neighbours and know that if the boys misbehave en route to school or at the local park it will soon get back to me!

To be honest would I be so keen to let my kids run free in a city park while I sit at home? Probably not!  So what is the answer, what do you do to give your kids a little freedom?