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July 27, 2010

Australian Made Cloth Nappies? – I Don’t Want ‘Made In China’!

The Sponsors of the first Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

The Winter Sponsors of the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative were invited to contribute to this series of Congo Questions. Each donated a special cloth nappy to go out as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stopped a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to either play in the current giveaway (they go for 6 weeks at the start of each season) or register to be notified when the next round is set to begin! You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

Winter Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #8

“On principle I try to buy products that are not made in China. I would love you to direct me to an Australian made cloth nappy that is not full of plastic.”

You’ll see a wonderful range of responses, and no doubt will gain a perspective on the question that relates well to your situation and needs. No-one sees what anyone else contributes until it is published here. This is what your Nappy Doula’s have to say:

Amanda from Sweet Bubba Eco Store:

We stock Sweet Tooshies nappies that do have an inner layer of PUL for waterproofing, but there isn’t plastic anywhere near kiddies skin. Cloth nappies need an inner waterproof layer or a cover to keep clothes dry.
Genesa Forge stocks nappies with a polar fleece inner but they are a little bulkier. The bigger companies like Baby Beehinds, Itti Bitti, etc that get their products made in China do so ethically and are Australian owned companies all started by WAHMs too.

Janine from Ninky Bear:

There are some fantastic work at home mum brands out there – Bonnibuns, Genesa Forge, B Cheeks, Flattery, Green Bums, the list goes on!

Emma from Brindabella Baby:

There really aren’t many Australian made cloth nappies available to retailers anymore. The market price means that most cloth nappies are now made in China, India, and Pakistan.
But most of the modern cloth nappy brands in Australia are still owned and run by Australian work-at-home mums. Some are one-woman businesses, where manufacturing is the only thing that has been outsourced. Others have employed other work-at-home mums to handle order processing and marketing.
If your reason for avoiding made-in-China products is manufacturing ethics, you can be assured that every brand stocked at Brindabella Baby has been checked out to ensure their manufacturers provide workers with a fair living wage, and safe, clean working conditions.
Before we stock a product, we ask detailed questions about pay and working hours, and often have copies of inspection certificates or photographic evidence to back up their claims.

Cassandra from New Age Nappies:

Have a look for a wahm nappy but remember that the majority of the raw materials are probably made in china anyway. As long as the product is ethically made I think we as Australians need to get past the made in china issue. I always say if people are so concerned about products being made in China then how come so many people have iphones, TV’s etc.

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Ticklefish Tots nappies are proudly handmade in Australia by a WAHM of 4 (almost 5!) The waterproof layer that I use in my day time (AI2) nappies is polyurethene laminate (PUL) which is a breathable yet waterproof fabric. Most of my nappies have this layer hidden between the microfleece inner layer and the decorative outer layer of the nappy shell. In my night nappies, I use a durable water repellant 300 weight fleece (usually also hidden, with an extra layer throughout the wet zone), which wicks moisture away from baby’s bottom, where it then evaporates, rather than leaking outside of the nappy.

Marnie from Noonee Wilga:

All Noonee Wilga products are custom made in Australia. If you have particular requirements, such as special sizing or fabrics, contact me to make up something just for you.

Fiona and Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

It’s getting harder to source cloth nappies that are made in Australia.

– Bubblebubs and Green Kids are two that spring to mind, but there are others. There are still plenty of WAHMs who make nappies to sell as well. But don’t reject the Chinese made nappies out of hand. Many of the Australian nappy business that have their nappies made overseas actively source organic and fairtrade raw materials and have their nappies manufactured in ethical conditions – thereby actively contributing to the development of third world countries. It’s an important consideration.

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

I’ve also tried to live by this principle and I love supporting fellow work from home parents in various fields with our hard earned dollars.

Krap Katchers is Australian Made with me as the little workhorse and I hope to expand my workforce to include other work from home parents in the near future as well.

Jacquie from Cheeky Cherubs:

For the New Zealanders (and Australians who don’t mind buying NZ made – still not China made!) we stock Ecobubs Wool Pocket nappies which have an excellent reputation for being a great nappy. They are a Wool Mix product, lined with microfleece, which will help keep baby warm in Winter and cool in Summer.

Rebecca From Bean Sprout Bubba:

There are a few around, and if resin snaps, velcro, PUL, polar fleece or microfibre is not considered ‘plastic’ then there would be many more options open to you.

Otherwise, there are quite a number of Australian makers who make fitted nappies out of bamboo or hemp, and covers that are either sewn out of wool fabric, or knit with wool yarn.

Bean Sprout Bubba has Bubba J bamboo or hemp fitteds, and wool covers, these are made to order once current stocks run out.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

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

– 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.

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2 Comments »

  1. I guess it is cheaper to have MCNs made overseas, just like anything else. At least a lot of the MCN brands I see about here remain Australian owned, even if the actual making of them is done overseas.

    Comment by Sara — July 29, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

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