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

June 9, 2010

Green Promise Nappy Sponsors, Winter 2010.

Thank you to all the WAHM’s who have pledged a Green Promise Nappy for this Winter 2010 Giveaway.

Each of the sites and shops below have donated a green nappy to the Green Promise Nappies Initiative.

In time, our goal is to reach 100 donated nappies. With your support in promoting this fun and easy giveaway to your own ‘social networks’, as the buzz-word is these days, we can plan future giveaways! I’d love to arrange one at the start of each season, as that is easy to remember, and it ties our thoughts in with the turning of the Earth and reminds us how important our environment is.

All the nappies are green or natural in colour, to remind us that modern nappies are eco-friendly. You can reduce your family’s carbon footprint by up to 40 % by using reusable and washable nappies, washing them in cold water most of the time, not soaking them (as this is actually BAD for them!) and line- drying them as much as possible – which is free and bleaches, sanitizes and removes nappy odours too.

Let’s see our sponsors: You will be taken to their site and can look for their starting point for entrants in the Green Promise Nappy Initiative.

How can you share news of this simple environmental initiative around, so we can have more giveaways in the future as we strive to reach 100 Green Promise Nappies in a future round?

I’d really appreciate any ‘shout outs’ you could do on behalf of all our sponsors and myself!

P.S One option is to share with one friend using one of those little icons below… Or to ask “Are you playing in the Green Promise Nappy Giveaway?” on your favourite parenting forum!

April 12, 2010

How did the idea for My Green Nappy evolve?

Filed under: News — Tags: , — charndra @ 7:42 am

How did the idea for My Green Nappy evolve?

It started as an article on another site of mine, Part Time Nappy Free! It is called “How Green is Your Nappy?” and is an encouraging look into a dozen simple ways of gradually reducing the carbon footprint of your baby, before you even start with a spot of baby pottying. (The site is designed to introduce and encourage mums interested in dabbling in baby pottying, or elimination communication as a way to reduce your need for full time nappies.)

Yes, you can make a difference with simple ideas to reduce your environmental impact!

Here's a bit of the article that inspired me to create My Green Nappy.org...

Baby Jett, 1 week old

Then, my second son, Jett, was born with CTEV. CTEV is Congenital Talipes EquinoVarus – simply, he was born with what would be a ‘club foot’ if it had been left untreated. It is a genetic condition that effects one in 1000 babies born, so it is rather common. But it has been corrected, and his foot is beautiful, and will stay that way as he grows as we are very diligent about his brace wear! Treatment involved series of 12 plaster casts from when he was 9 days old – (the day he wore his first nappy), followed by his ‘boots and bar’  – he had to wear an orthotic brace on his feet for 23 hours day for 3 months, then 16 hours until about 14 months, now 12 hours a day until he is 4ish.

Whereas with my first son we did night time EC and I was able to experience the wonderful benefits of using no night time nappies at all, with my baby in a brace that holds his feet apart, it is very difficult to tell when he needed to go, so using nappies at night became inevitable.

Needing to use night nappies at lot more was new to me, as my first son was nappy-free at night from 5-6 months, so I did more looking into the specialised night time nappies, those designed to last overnight and to absorb the more voluminous wees of a baby who is often disturbed at night by his brace, which lightens his sleep, suppresses the production of the hormone that concentrates urine at night, meaning a larger volume of wee, and the circle goes on…

Here we have My Green Nappy. You’ll find I strive to keep the information at a simple level so you are not overwhemed with information. Hmm, how to keep it simple when there is so much to know?

Although there is a lot of information here, through My Green Nappy Guide I space it out for you. Imagine a snippet every few days delivered to your inbox; no need for any more googling! My Green Nappy IS a true Nappy Nexus – I’m striving for it to be a valuable portal. Once you are savvy, you can move on to the various organisations and cloth nappy forums and visit the shops for more experienced and specific support and advice; they are the true experts!

My Green Nappy Guide: Too many emails?

As an email for My Green Nappy Guide arrives every 3-4 days, they can mount up in your in-box and get annoying if you don’t get the time to keep up. The best solution is to create a folder in your email program to add them to, so that you can pop back in there at your leisure to see where you were up to! I do that for all the online guides and email lists I join. That way, I can see an email has come in, and get around to it when I have some free moments, without having to scroll around my inbox (mine is I must admit, far too full of emails!) and risk losing track – which also happens of course!

– Charndra

P.S The page How did the idea for My Green Nappy evolve? talks about the development of the idea further for those of you interested in how these sorts of things come into being out of needs, experiences and seeing a need when listening to the Mums around me…

A question for you:

Well, I don’t have a question – but I do have some encouragement – get an ideas book and jot down ideas. Follow your interests and the directions of your life to find meaningful pursuits to pursue. I am amazed at how starting by waffling on about our adventures in EC has led me to learn all sorts of new things, and I continue to have fun thinking of new ideas. Now, if only they could support me to stay at home with an actual income- perhaps one day.

Actually, here is a question:

What are your areas of personal interest? Have you thought to start a blog and record your thoughts? Writing about what interests you is easy, and who knows where it will lead you in time. You’ve got to be in it to see where you may go. Recently I talked about the site I got the template for My Green Nappy from. I am switching all my sites over to those templates – one day… –  they are optimised for all browsers, a HUGE bonus. There are squillions of free templates you can use – and WordPress has a free blogging platform too, but these premium themes are worth a gander at if you want.

March 1, 2010

Announcing My Green Nappy

It’s LAUNCH DAY!

My Green Nappy:

Do YOU have 1?

My Green Nappy is a simple environmental initiative encouraging all families to have one green nappy for their baby to wear.

Over 300 thousand babies are born each year in Australia and New Zealand.

Imagine if ALL of them had 1 modern cloth nappy in their wardrobe.

If they wore it once a week, that’s 300 thousand LESS single-use disposable nappies heading off to landfill.

Yes, ONE ‘GREEN’ NAPPY will make a difference!

– It will prevent 1 disposable nappy from ending up in landfill each time it is worn by your baby.

How simple is that?

The question My Green Nappy asks you is:

“Do YOU have 1?      Your one ‘green’ nappy – yet?”

Start with one, and find it by looking around My Green Nappy and meeting all the suppliers of modern cloth nappies ‘down under’. There are over 300 listed! Clearly the modern cloth nappy is no longer a fringe trend, it is a thriving industry driven mainly by mums working from home, working with their families, with you, to lower your expenses, to lower your environmental impact. To help you raise a ‘lower carbon’ baby!
My Green Nappy is a nappy nexus for parents in Australia and New Zealand: a place for you to discover all the shops offering modern cloth nappies and eco disposables- the environmentally friendly, ‘green nappy’ choices.
You can join My Green Nappy to help us with our mission to encourage all families to have that one green nappy for their baby to wear – every day, once a week, whenever – it all adds up, collectively.

As a valued member you will benefit from joining My Green Nappy in many ways:

  • You’ll have guided access to My Green Nappy Guide, a personal online guided tour of your many ‘green’ nappy options: from reusable baby wipes to AIO’s, (the reusable version of the disposable nappy.) From DIY resources to the trendiest ways to save money with your first green nappy! Be sure to read this guide before you buy!
  • You’ll be able to enter to win a special ‘Green Promise Nappy‘, one of a hundred that will be donated seasonally on behalf of the Earth to reduce nappy waste and promote greener choices.
  • You will be offered exclusive special offers-discounts accessed with secret codes only available to members.
  • You will be kept ‘in the loop’ about all things ‘green’ and ‘nappy’ as they apply to families down under.
Have a browse around these interesting and unique resources; and before you go, be sure to sign up as a member so we can keep in touch!
Enjoy your visit today,
Creator of My Green Nappy

February 15, 2010

In Brief: What is My Green Nappy here for?

My Green Nappy is a ‘eco friendly nappy’ resource site created as a simple environmental initiative for Aussie and Kiwi families.

It is here to help you find out what you need to know about the modern cloth nappy and eco friendly disposable nappies right now, so you can  reduce your baby’s ecological footprint, starting with one green nappy

Then, you will have begun ‘the Switch’ with your first of perhaps many green nappies, each of which will save you money as you help sustain our planet’s natural resources for your baby’s future.

Whether you’re just considering getting started in cloth or have the best cloth nappy stash in town, the resources, guides and expert advice featured here will show you how you can make the most from using the modern washable nappy and eco-friendly disposable nappies.

My Green Nappy is an advocacy site – it doesn’t sell nappies; instead it introduces you to literally hundreds of web shops offering green nappies!

With continually updated lists featuring every retailer offering modern cloth nappies and eco-friendly disposable nappies in Australia and New Zealand, My Green Nappy really is your portal to the world of modern cloth nappies and those disposable nappies that have less of an impact on the environment as you can divert them AWAY from landfill – into your worm farm, compost bin, your garden, or safely into the sewerage system.

This Nappy Nexus currently lists over 305 nappy retailers based in Australia and new Zealand.

Simply, the mission of My Green Nappy is to help all families to choose and then use ONE green nappy for their baby’s wardrobe, knowing that one nappy will prevent a single use nappy from ending up in a landfill each time it is worn by a youngster.

My Green Nappy Guide

My Green Nappy. Do YOU have one?

Enjoy your visit,

Charndra

Creator of My Green Nappy.

P.S I hope you decide to join My Green Nappy as a member to receive My Green Nappy Guide gradually over the next several weeks – it will fast-forward your cloth nappy education in the easiest way possible. Just leave your name and email in the box on the top of the right sidebar and I’ll do the rest, and introduce you to all sorts of cool resources as you browse and drool over the gorgeous nappies being made or designed by the clever families down under!

My Green Nappy is new Tribal Baby project by Charndra Josling, who lives in Australia with her husband and 2 young sons, and Tippin the 15 year old greedy torbie and a blue tongue lizard that likes to visit her veggie patch.

February 1, 2010

My Green Nappy: Do YOU have one?

-My Green Nappy –

My Green Nappy’s mission is to see that every baby ‘down under’ has that one green nappy to wear.

Sustainable Hemp Products

Nappy Competition WINNER ANNOUNCED! Giveaway Nappy was donated by Michelle of Sustainable Hemp Products.

The simple environmental initiative is based on the collective impact of each family doing ONE thing; having a lovely time lookng around My Green Nappy, discovering all the lovely WAHM’s out there who can help you with your cloth nappy needs, introducing you to new ideas or recapping old information in a new way  – all to help you find the perfect ‘green nappy’ for your baby to wear.

That simple committment means one less disposable each time it is worn by your baby. Your baby then becomes an ambassador for ‘nappy change’, helping spread the ‘modern cloth’ nappy love and shrinking the eco footprint of baby after baby – just that little bit!

Our mission is to strive towards every baby having at least one ‘green’ nappy to wear, keeping a throwaway disposable out of the environment each time it is worn.

With over 300 thousand babies born down under each year, that one green nappy will make a difference!

Our Comment Question is:

Do YOU have a green nappy? (Has My Green Nappy inspired you to get your first one?)

Read through the responses left by other mums to get a feel for how they are getting started, the brands and types they started with.

Leave a comment in the comment box below.

January 21, 2010

My Green Nappy: 7 Simple Ideas

Filed under: News — Tags: — charndra @ 12:55 pm

My Green Nappy is about simple ideas.

Here are 7 ideas from the concept of My Green Nappy:

  1. A Green Nappy is an environmentally friendlier nappy…
  2. Imagine if each baby has one green nappy to wear. Each time they do, one less disposable goes in the bin.
  3. All our sponsors are committed to positively benefitting our environment.
  4. Our 100 Green Promise Nappies initiative is a unique program to give information, support and nappies to our community downunder.
  5. My Nappy Style Windows offer a great starting point for window shopping: browse for the style of nappy you want from here.
  6. Membership is free. All members receive a free, digital guide; an online guided tour about your green nappy options, called My Green Nappy Guide.
  7. Our goal is to help Mums, our babies, the Earth, our budgets and to support WAHM’s with their businesses.

Join the My Green Nappy Announcement List today!

My Green Nappy exists to help you to raise a ‘lower carbon’ baby. To help you make positive decisions as you gradually reduce the ecological footprint of your family by adding green nappy tips into your lifestyle. You’ll discover a wealth of information, with the motivation of doing something worthwhile with other members of this growing International Network who share your environmental concerns, and your interest in (or passion for) modern cloth nappies.

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