Cloth nappy subsidies
An increasing number of Belgian cities are encouraging parents to invest in washable nappies by offering subsidies. Using washable nappies not only represents financial savings for families, but also greatly reduces the waste caused by disposable nappies.
The NGO Ecoconso, which promotes sustainable consumption, published a dedicated article in February 2020 that identified 28 municipalities in the Brussels and Wallonia regions that offer such subsidies. In Flanders, dozens of municipalities also offer subsidies.
Where subsidies are offered, families can typically benefit from maximum EUR 125 per family, while in some municipalities, such as Herstal in Wallonia, inhabitants can claim back 50% of what they spent on washable nappies, at up to EUR 250 per child. In Ghent, inhabitants can receive a subsidy to rent washable nappies for a period of 4 weeks, up to EUR 85 per child.