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January 1, 2010

Thinking Green? Which Environmental Issue Concerns You the Most?

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb

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So many Environmental Issues are effecting our Earth

Which environmental issue concerns you the most as a parent?

Air pollution, shrinking ice caps, fresh water resources, population pressure, global warming, the ‘disposable’ mindset, loss of biodiversity, habitats, damage to ecosystems, and more pressures on our only planet…

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy Doula’s which environmental issue they are most concerned about at the moment.

I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in this article. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Melinda from Avanappy, Mel from Little Para Pants, Louise from Scamps Boutique, Eva from Oz Baby Trends, Kyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Alisha from Baby Safari, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear Nappies, Cindy from Ticklefish Tots, Ashley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Kelleigh from Miracle Baby, Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Peggy from Fluffy Bubs , Kate from Nappy Days, and Sasha from Green Kids.

– Thank you for your thoughtful contributions,

Charndra

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What Environmental Issue Is Of Most Concern To You Right Now?”

Emma of Brindabella Baby:
The use of chemicals and water irrigation to grow food and fibre crops really worries me. These practices contribute to pollution run-off in waterways, mis-use of our previous water resources, and health problems for workers (and consumers, in the case of food crops in particular).
With so many eco-friendly fibre alternatives – hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton for example – modern cloth nappies are a better way to use water resources. For example, lots of water and chemicals are used to produce single-use disposable nappies – but it takes on average only 1L of water to wash a cloth nappy, and the original fibre crop can be grown without irrigation or chemicals.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Shrinking Ice Caps, Loss of Habitats & Eco systems.
Mel of Little Para Pants:
The disposable mindset.  All those cheaply made single-use products have to go to landfill, and there’s only so much space available.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

The amount of rubbish humans create and exactly what is going to happen as the worlds population increases
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

Landfill. I think we’re seeing a reduction in disposable use in countries like the UK where space is at a premium, but here in Australia, people are still very blasé about it because we have the space.

Kyra of Bubbalooba:

Currently I have been trying to use less and less disposable items – it just amazes me how much waste people create! I am in the process of making handkerchiefs, reusable dish cloths, …I’m a bit of a hoarder, so I hate to throw things out!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

Gosh….. Shrinking ice caps…

Annette of Iish Fly:

As I have relocated to Goulburn in the last 12 months, the recent drought has changed the way I think about water. Water conservation is the biggest concern I have at this point in time. The second would be the 2 disposible nappies I buried in my garden 2.5 years ago, and dig up from time to time to see if they have decomposed at all. 2.5 years later they still are there and still have yet to decompose even by (More than willing to supply photos)

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Land fill with all those smelly disposable nappies!

Alisha of Baby Safari:
Water Resources are a big concern of mine, the thought of low water storages and people wasting it on washing pavements etc just saddens me. Population pressure and pollution come a very close second.. and third!

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

The disposable mindset and landfill issues…

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:
Global warming is of the most concern to me. I’m also really concerned with the amount of waste we produce.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Absolutely global warming and it’s effects. The extreme weather which in so many ways directly affects the Earth that we are leaving for our children.

Tracey from Flattery:

All of the above – modern society is so irresponsible – just making the quickest easiest choice and damn the consequences…

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Pollution, air and ground,  water resources and global warming…
Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:
All of the above!
Kelleigh from Little Miracles:
I have three.
One is our throw away / disposable society. It is easy to keep replacing things that probably don’t need replacing and therefore putting a strain on resources and the Earth it is disposed in.
The second is pollution from cars and factories which does affect health, and may be affecting climate change.
The third is how reliable we are on shopping for all of our food, when we could be growing some of our own. Even a small garden can grow plenty of fruit and vege. Maybe by growing more of our own food we could be eating more natural foods, and perhaps having a hand in reducing global food shortages.
Julie from Cloth for Comfort:
My key concern is the consumption of our natural resources for the sake of convenience.
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
I think the biggest issue at the moment is global warming. How can it not be? The weather is crazy and unpredictable, and it has been proven that each year is getting ‘warmer’ than the next.
Kate from Nappy Days:
Landfills filling up fast – we can all see it is happening but some are continuing to turn a blind eye and keep pretending that everything will sort itself out……or some couldn’t care less gthey just keep chucking everything out in the trash and continue to buy everything triple wrapped for freshness.
Sasha of Green Kids:
It is difficult to choose one issue, but I guess a sweeping way of describing what concerns me is sustainability. As a society we have become used to waste and excess, and I am concerned about how long the earth will be able to keep up, especially with the rapidly increasing population. Whether we are talking about energy, water, resources or farming practices, I think it is really important that we all start making the tough decisions, rather than just the quick and easy/cheap solution, so we can ensure that the earth is still a nice place to live in the future.

All the little things add up...

You can see that everyone shares in the concern for our world, particularly as we will be leaving it for our precious families. I know I have a simmering feeling of worry over the many issues, which changes as I learn more about what is going on around the world. Right now I think the environmental issue that bothers me the most is water – I think access to water is a massive issue, and have read in more than one place that Water will be one of the biggest issues during the lifetime of our children. That there will be conflict over water more than oil! A sobering thought.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,

P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of Mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

3 Recommended Resources to Discover More about Environmental Issues are:

1. Do the Green Thing – 7 Things You Can Do to Lead a Greener Life.

2. Planet Green – Solutions-oriented tips to help you make your life a little (or a lot) greener.

3. Resources for Sustainable Living: Australia – Sustainable Living Foundation New Zealand – Sustainable Living

A Question for You About Environmental Issues:

Which environmental issue concerns you the most as a parent?

4 Comments »

  1. My greatest concern is our disposable way of life. This is not just about landfill but all the resources that go into producing our disposable products, the (practically) slave labour in third world countries that produce a lot of these products for us and the mindset that we have grown up with and that our children will inherit.

    Comment by Pauline — March 2, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

  2. I’m scared by how much wastage is in our society. We’re very ‘disposable’ which I think is a real problem. I’m also concerned about water availability. I live in Canberra, and we have water restrictions, yet I have still seen people with sprinklers on their grass in the middle of the day in summer. Obviously the current education on water usage isn’t getting through to everyone, or maybe these people just don’t care, which is a sad thing for the world.

    We do our bit by using recycled washing and bath water on our garden, and we have a dripper system to water our fruit trees, herbs and vegies, which we turn off if we’ve had rain. And I can’t remember the last time we washed the car…. If everyone took some small steps, the world would be much improved.

    Comment by Sara Reid — March 12, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  3. Sustainable living is a concern, as we seem to use so many products that are taxing to our environment on a daily basis. It is great to see products that are made from sustainable resources, or by using by-products that would otherwise be ‘disposed of’.

    We choose to use all natural, chemical free, plant based products in our house, even down to stopping using tissues!!! It’s the little things that make the big difference in the long run 🙂

    Comment by Cindy — March 24, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  4. My concern is the impact we are leaving on the planet. All the packaged food and clothing that just doesn’t need to be. I am concerned about the number of people who are more concerned about their own incovenience than taking a little extra time or thought about how it could be done a better way with less environmental impact.

    Comment by Kathy — April 15, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

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