A MUM is on a mission to encourage more people to use environmentally friendly cloth nappies.

The Maldon and Tiptree Cloth Nappy Library is run by Emily Mach and aims to provide information on alternatives to disposable nappies.

Cloth nappies are washable, reusable, and come in various kits to suit the needs of the baby.

Emily started the library in October 2017 and has seen demand grow.

She said: “When my daughter was born, we wanted to use cloth nappies for environmental reasons, but I was frustrated at the lack of support and how few people were using cloth.

“So last October, I decided to start a nappy library.

“My goal was to promote cloth nappies in the Maldon and Tiptree area and support families to make it easier.

“We have hire kits that allow families to try cloth nappies for a month and decide what works for them.

“We also have monthly nappy meets - one in Tiptree and one in Maldon.

“Hopefully in the next few months we’ll have one up and running in Burnham too.

“The government’s announcement that they are going to get rid of disposable wet wipes has also encouraged people to look into reusable wet wipes, which we also hire out.”

The library has recently converted to a community interest company which Mrs Mach hopes will mean that they can apply for more funding to help families.

Burnham mayor Wendy Stamp said: “I think it’s an excellent initiative.

“If they want me to help out, I will absolutely do as much as I can.”

For more details about cloth nappies, visit www.facebook.com/maldontiptreenappylibrary or www.totsbots.com/our-guide.