My Green Nappy Discovering Modern Cloth Nappies and Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies

April 1, 2010

Modern Cloth Mini Trends: Organic and Natural Nappies

All modern cloth nappies are the more ‘natural’ nappy alternative, however, you can choose to favour organic cotton nappies, nappies with more sustainable fibres such as hemp and bamboo, and unbleached nappies for your baby.

Organic materials- (Organic Hemp, Organic Cotton, Organic bamboo) – favour these choices as the best environmental choices in terms of sustainability. Unbleached fabrics– (Unbleached Cotton, Unbleached Hemp, Unbleached Bamboo) – these are choices you can favour if you are keen to support retailers who support a reduction in the use of bleaches in preparing fabrics, as this is not good environmentally. Plus, mums with babies who have sensitive skin (remembering that a baby’s skin is half the thickness of ours and they spent most of their day in a nappy) find these natural nappies are more beneficial for their baby, minimizing irritation,  rashes, crying.

Organic fibres are grown with consideration for the soil – avoiding articficial fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals that impact on the longer term sustainability of the land for short term profits. In time, the soil is made barren, and even more chemicals are needed as the ecological balance is lost. With organic fabrics, you will pay more, but can be reassured that they are more ecologically sustainable into the future. Less synthetic chemicals and fibres is always going to be more beneficial. Hybrid fibres, or blended fibre organic nappies are also a more environmentally aware choice too. Do what you can!

Aim for one organic or unbleached nappy in your stash to support and educate about these issues.

Let’s see some of the organic or unbleached nappies available in Australia and New Zealand:

Modern Cloth Mini Trends– MODERN CLOTH MINI TRENDS –
What’s popular, fashionable and trending in the world of modern cloth? Modern Cloth Mini Trends regularly explores a different area. You’ll see One-Of-A-Kind (IOAK) ‘Show off’ nappies, workhorse and stash filler nappies. Plus you’ll see other types of modern cloth – for a visual overview of Aussie and Kiwi WAHM’s.
See More Modern Cloth Mini Trends…

Recommended Resources for Modern Cloth Nappies:

  1. Modern Cloth Nappy Shops in Australia
  2. Modern Cloth Nappy Shops in New Zealand
  3. Nappy Expert Articles


  1. Yes, Baby Beehinds. Bub has sensitive skin and for a better environment.

    Comment by Sally — April 1, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  2. Yes – I have a couple of the Mandy Mac Hemps. Actually chose them because of the price, I wanted them for night nappies as the whole body is absorbent and I wanted to give hemp a try. Very happy I did- they are great night nappies (with boosters) – the organic source is an added bonus to feel good about 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — April 1, 2010 @ 10:07 am

  3. Most of my nappies are Baby BeeHinds bamboo nappies, or BBH/itti bitti AI2s with bamboo inserts. I love the absorbancy of the bamboo as well as the fact that it is environmentally sustainable and requires hardly any water to grow! 🙂

    Comment by Tracey — April 1, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  4. Mainly Baby BeeHinds. Such a great workhorse nappy. Incredibly absorbent even for overnight. I have never seen any nappy rash from these on my daughter ever.

    Comment by Nicole — April 1, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

  5. I have a few, BBH bamboo mainly (but most of them are colours), and a few Bubba J size 1 and 2 nappies in either hemp or bamboo. I also have Mandy Macs too.

    No reason for choosing organic, other than I find pretty prints or coloured fitted nappies tend to fade and look ‘old’ faster than a plain organic nappy would, after washing and wearing for several months.

    Comment by Rebecca Tham from Bean Sprout Bubba — April 1, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

  6. Baby Beehinds bamboo fitteds. These are the only ones we use for night, as they are very absorbent. We also use them in the day, along with other pockets and AIOs. We are using the BBH bamboos on our second child now, and they are still in awesome condition. We prefer bamboo boosters too. We chose these because our first bub had sensitive skin and an allergy to latex.

    Comment by Sara — April 1, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  7. Don’t know if I have an Organic nappy. Definitely have bamboo nappies, find them the best and most absorbent material to use. Drying time in Queensland isn’t such a problem! Just bought some Sustainable Hemp Sandman nappies- hoping they will be up for a toddler size bladder overnight!

    Comment by Gaenor — April 1, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  8. ALL of our inserts are either bamboo or hemp, as my little one is a heavy wetter and nothing else does the job 🙂 I love bamboo as it is the most absorbent for our needs, granted it does take longer to dry, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. We have some bamboo trifolds which dry quicker as you unfold them, and they still give multiple layers of absorbency when used. 🙂 love my MCN’s

    Comment by Cindy — April 2, 2010 @ 9:44 am

  9. I have some Baby Beehinds, too, and I got them because I read lots of good reviews. I was happy to discover they were organic, I did not know before I bought them.

    Comment by Tat — April 2, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

  10. I have a couple of bamboo nappies (itti bitti’s) however I was horrified to recently see the headline of a consumer report stating that ‘BAMBOO IS ACTUALLY RAYON’!! Now I haven’t paid for the full report but the gist was that the chemicals used to make bamboo all nice and fluffy is the same process used to make rayon and isn’t environmentally friendly at all! I’d like more information about this and think that us as consumers need the information out there to make a more informed choice.

    Comment by Kyra — April 3, 2010 @ 7:52 am

  11. Kyra,
    Wow, that’s certainly something to look into! I’ll see what I can find for a future post.

    Comment by Charndra — April 3, 2010 @ 8:18 am

  12. I have baby beehinds and mandy macs. I choose them as they were recommended to me. I love how they can be worn with no cover so are quite breathable – I do this at home with my daughter!

    Comment by Bec — April 3, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  13. I have baby beehinds and Mandy Macs. I got them as they were recommended to me. I love how they can be worn without a cover at home and are more breathable!

    Comment by Bec — April 3, 2010 @ 11:31 am

  14. I have Baby Beehinds and Mandy Macs in both bamboo and hemp. Mandy Macs would be my favourite as I love how well they fit.

    Comment by Rachel — April 4, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

  15. I have Baby Beehinds (both bamboo and hemp), plus quite a few organic cotton ones and other bamboo ones (no brand name as such). I use them as they are sustainable and better for the environment.

    Comment by Sharyn — April 4, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  16. This is for Kyra and anyone else intersted or concerned about rayon.

    I have some info on my site that you might find helpful.

    I sell Mother-ease bamboo nappies and our lables state that they are made or rayon and cotton. Mother-ease is a very trust worthy brand that is very open about its use of “bamboo” fibers.

    Let me know if you found it helpful:

    Comment by Amanda — December 12, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

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