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

February 10, 2011

Eco-Friendly Nappy Use: Nappies – 3 Ways to Use Disposable Nappies in an Eco Friendly Way

Eco-Friendly Nappy Use: Nappies – 3 Ways to Use Disposable Nappies in an Eco Friendly Way

Eco-friendly Nappy Use: How ‘green’ are the nappies your baby wears?

Can disposable nappies ever be eco-friendly?

Yes! When using disposable nappies you have choices that will reduce the carbon footprint of your family. A ‘hybrid’ stash will ease your eco-conscience – easily! In a moment we’ll look at 3 ways of using disposable nappies in a more eco-friendly way. (+1)

Of course you don’t think about landfill when using a disposable nappy on your baby; however we all know that this is less than optimal. When you roll out your wheelie bin full of smelly nappies, your eco-conscience does a little cringe…

As we are all busy, we don’t always have the time to research our options, and your Mum said that cloth nappies are such hard work, right? How can you reduce that environmental impact of using disposable nappies, and easily?

Let’s Consider 3 Ways to Use Your Disposables in a More Eco-Friendly Way.

1. Pre-cycle Your Disposable Nappies.

Pre-cycling is simply preventing excess waste coming into your home. When Using disposable nappies, the best way to do this is to buy in bulk! Bulk buying means less packaging waste, less to and fro shopping trips and the added benefit of a discount or special price.

2. Use Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies.

Yes, there are disposable nappies you can bury in your garden to turn into rich soil. There are varieties you can add to a worm farm or compost. Others have ‘earth friendlier’ components. Still more can be ripped open and flushed down the toilet. What if you bought a bag of more eco friendly disposables now and then?

3. Empty Wet Nappies into Your Garden.

Simply, the guts of each nappy is a gentle fertilizer. Emptying the nappy and scratching it in, covering it with mulch actually adds the same water retaining crystals that you can buy to help drought proof your garden. Then, a fraction of the usual waste amount goes into the bin. What if you did this with one each day? Watch your garden grow. If you are feeling squeamish, think of all that manure or blood and bone you add to your soil, use gloves and wash your hands!

What’s the +1? Hybridising Your Stash, Starting With 1 Modern Cloth Nappy.

A hybrid stash includes regular disposable nappies, eco-friendly disposable nappies, and modern cloth nappies. Just like a hybrid car, it combines old and new, mixes different types to give you the most flexibility, and best of all, the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint. The ‘modern’ cloth nappy is different. It is shaped, it has simple fastenings, it doesn’t need soaking, and you have control over how big or small its environmental impact is. We have washing machines these days, too. They are simple to use. Especially if you start with just one. One ‘green’ nappy...

With a hybrid stash, you can begin your baby’s life on a foundation of growing sustainability.

As you discover more, all the tips and tricks, you’ll naturally raise a ‘lower carbon’ baby. Your conscience will earn great eco karma, and you will encourage those around you to start with one green nappy too.

Here’s your challenge:

If you acted on one of these ideas, which would be the best for your family? Buying your next lot as bulk disposables, grabbing a bag of eco friendly disposables each month, Emptying the occasional ‘convenience’ nappy under the bushes in the backyard and covering it with mulch, or Looking into hybridising your nappy stash, starting with one washable, reusable, modern cloth nappy?

Charndra invites you to win a modern cloth nappy on her site, My Green Nappy, by registering to play in one of the regular giveaways held on this informative and popular site.

You’ll discover great tips, secrets to finding bargains, and everything you need to know about green nappies and using any sort of nappy in a more environmentally friendly way.

By Charndra Josling

This article also appears on EzineArticles: Eco-Friendly Nappy Use: Nappies – 3 Ways to Use Disposable Nappies in an Eco Friendly Way

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June 3, 2010

Shrinking Baby’s Carbon Footprint: 1 Important Tip To Make Sure Your Cloth Nappy Use Produces Less C02…

We all know about global warming and how we can make a difference for future generations with small changes. Babies are small, so it is fitting that by making little adjustments within our lifestyles, we can shrink the carbon footprint of our babies. This is great for the future,  and is settling a standard of sustainability others can follow too!

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s the question:

What is 1 important tip to make sure your cloth nappy use produces less C02?

I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in this absorbing article. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Mel from Little Para PantsLouise from Scamps BoutiqueEva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth KidzKyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear Nappies, Ashley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey fromFlattery, Bec from Baby Chilli, Julie from Cloth For Comfort and Chris froBaby Bullfrogs.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“Using cloth benefits our environment. What is 1 important tip to make sure your cloth nappy use produces less C02?”

Emma of Brindabella Baby:

Once you’ve found a nappy system that suits you, buy exactly the number of nappies that fits in your washing machine, plus six (to wear on washing day). This means you only ever wash a full load, but haven’t bought more nappies than you really need.

Mel of Little Para Pants:

Use them for more than one child, I’m thinking.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Use a dry pail instead of a wet pail.
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
Hang them on the line!! Unless you have rain for 3 weeks or an insufficient stash, there’s no need to use a dryer.
Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

Try to line dry.

Annette of Iish Fly:

Purchase enough nappies so you only have to wash twice a week, and always dry them on a line, in the sun is best. Sell the clothes dryer and purchase 1 if not 2 small indoor clothes drying racks for those wet days.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Use the line wherever possible. Use minimal amount of detergents.

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

Hang your nappies out in the sun instead of using the dryer. Dryers ruin cloth nappies and the sun is so good for them.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Wash in cold water and line dry! Warm or hot water and tumble drying increases carbon emissions tenfold (approximately).

Tracey from Flattery:

Don’t dry in the dryer

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Use the sun to dry your nappies and not the dryer, its better for them and will make them last longer plus you produce less emissions and your electricity bill will thank you.
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
Wait until you have a full washing machine load before you wash, and if your machine needs replacing, consider getting a front loader as it uses significantly less water!
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
Buy Australian Made – preferably products using natural, organic fabrics.
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. They are so engrossing to read!

Thanks to all of our Nappy Doula’s for taking the time to share their thoughts.
– Charndra.
P.S. I call them a ‘Nappy Doula’ as they will help, guide and be available for support with your Modern Cloth Nappy needs – simply ask for their advice – they are cloth nappy enthusiasts!

3 Recommended Resources about Reducing, Considering or Learning More About Carbon Footprints:

  1. Carbon Neutral – Carbon Neutral is a not for profit company working with hundreds of organisations to measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions and support revegetation projects.
  2. Planet Ark Green Resolutions – I’ve been getting these all year – Each week, you will receive one Green Resolution with information, tips and links for achieving the specific resolution… It’s great ‘eco-karma’ when one pops up that I am already doing!
  3. Offering Baby a Potty Break to Reduce Your Overall Use of Nappies… – You use cloth nappies. They are a better choice environmentally, using 40% less resources than their disposable counterparts. Even part time use of cloth is a wonderful gesture towards reducing waste.

A Question to You About Shrinking YOUR Baby’s Carbon Footprint:

What is ONE little gesture you have made this week towards reducing waste?

April 21, 2010

Eco-Advocate, I Am! #1 Eco-Friendly Reason To Use A Cloth Nappy…

Modern Nappies: Environmentally Friendly Cloth Nappies.

Every cloth nappy shop you visit will provide you with information about the environmental benefits of modern cloth nappies. Have a look at their explanations, their motivations for promoting modern nappies as an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable nappies.

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about the main environmental concern that drives them to supply you with modern cloth nappies as a way to reduce the collective environmental impact of our babies.

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, 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,  Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris from Baby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy Days, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products and Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What is the main environmental reason you promote & support families in using cloth nappies?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

Less landfill. Even biodegradable nappies add to the long-term landfill problem when they’re wrapped in non-biodegradable plastic garbage bags. Reusable cloth nappies just make sense.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Less rubbish going to landfill and a lower environmental impact. A stash of MCN uses less resources to make & launder than to make enough disposables to last a child from birth to toilet training.

Mel of Little Para Pants:
I don’t like buying things I just end up throwing away.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Reduces the amount of rubbish you put out each week
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
Less landfill! Just because we in Australia have the space to fill, doesn’t mean we should!
Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

Less waste going into our tips plus disposing of waste matter in the toilet – the correct way.

Annette of Iish Fly:

Because of all the landfill issues. Just because we have the space in Australia why do we need to use it as landfill? I would rather see rolling hills any day over mountains of plastic disposable pee pockets.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

It would have to be landfill. It is like people dropping rubbish out of their car windows. Where do they think the rubbish goes?

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Reducing landfill! I have found that having 2 kids in nappies, by converting to cloth, we reduced our garbage output by over 50% PER WEEK!

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

To stop all the landfill associated with disposables. A lot of people think disposables are better for the environment because you aren’t using all the water to wash them. But not many people realise the amount of water used to make disposables.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

I believe that the amount of disposable nappies (plastic and chemicals) going to landfill is horrific, and by making a change as simple as using cloth nappies, we can make such a massive difference without any inconvenience or trouble. I want to help people realise that they can make a difference to the environment without it making a difference to their lives.

Tracey from Flattery:

To keep it blatantly simple – and not even go into the terrible strain on earth that is the manufacturing of disposable nappies – just the landfill alone is enough.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Landfill! When travelling we use disposables and I am shocked at how fast we fill up a bin with just nappies, its so sad to see and I get very disheartened when I think about most people with babies doing this every week!

Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
Cloth nappies promote the responsible use of our natural resources including using less water, landfill and electricity compared to disposables – this is vital as once these resources are gone, they can’t be easily replaced or substituted.

Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:

Land Fill – just knowing how long it takes to break down one disposable nappy surely is enough reason to convert anyone to cloth! (Every disposable ever created still exists today – what a horrible, horrible thought!)

Kate from Nappy Days:

Because many parents have no idea that our landfills are filling up in New Zealand and that soon we will have nowhere to put our waste so we have to use as many re-usable products as possible.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

The 1.75 billion disposables that go into landfill every year in Australia and New Zealand alone.

Karen from Baby Blossom:
People use cloth for so many reasons. Our family wanted to use cloth for the environmental aspects. We started small and simple but of course with so many cute and funky nappies and nappy sets it doesn’t take long to grow into something more fashionable.
– 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 helping you to be eco-friendly:

  1. Trees for Life
  2. Greenwala Community
  3. The Planet Green Game – this is COOL! It is an online game in which you go around a virtual town and make it ‘greener’ by answering questions and discovering more facts about global warming and what we can do to make a difference.

A question to you about eco-friendly living:

What’s one eco-friendly thing your family does that you would like to share with readers of My Green Nappy?

January 26, 2010

How Does My Green Nappy Help the Environment?

Our Green Promise is the little things we are doing that are environmentally friendly.

My Green Nappy is an “Active Green” concept.

When used by you each day, modern cloth nappies are a solution to baby hygiene that is actively reducing your CO2 footprint.

The more the nappies are used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint you’ll actively save.

The many types of reusable cloth products are inherently helping your household save on your daily footprint.

Washable Nappies. Better than Throwaways.

Because My Green Nappy is used in your own home, a reusable nappy system makes store-bought disposable nappies obsolete to you.

That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste and less transport of waste nappies.

What if you consider having a green nappy – even just one – as a facet of Green Living – Being mindful and working towards increased responsibility for your part as a caretaker or steward on our planet.

With over 300 thousand babies born downunder each year, if each of those babies has just ONE Green Nappy to wear, think of the multitude of disposable nappies being diverted from landfill and saving their parents money each time it is used, and helping them to feel more and more comfortable using the modern, well designed and fashionable, washable cloth nappies.

Reusable Nappies. Better than Disposables.

When you have disposable needs, the more earth friendly ‘eco’ disposable nappies are a responsible choice, made more economical due to the savings you make from using modern cloth!

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 or passion for modern cloth nappies.

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