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

February 25, 2013

Meet Our Guest: Destination Green

Let’s Meet Emma, the proud owner of Destination Green:

Hi, my name is Emma and I’m from Sydney. I started my career as a waste educator and currently work as an environmental scientist. I am definitely a “greenie” at heart and initially loved the idea that i could help minimise my first born daughters carbon footprint by using cloth nappies. Seeing how easy it was we are continuing to use them on our second! Just to take it that one step further we started Destination Green to get more people using them!

About Destination Green:

My husband and I own “Destination Green”. It seems all the nappy shops/brands have cute and fluffy names but we came up with the name Destination Green as we want to grow over time to become more than just nappies. We want to become the go-to shop for all things sustainable especially for those on a budget.

Destination Green sells pocket one size fits most nappies, we also have newborn/premmie nappies, with bamboo and double gusset nappies coming soon. We have loads of nappy accessories including some great wet bags and bamboo training pants.

We offer all our facebook fans/likers a FREE gift with their first purchase, and we are always having other specials.

As an environmental scientist i have concerns about all aspects of the environment especially with regard to climate change. Anything we can do to minimise our impact on the environment and help others do the same by making sustainable purchases for our children will help, remembering “every little bit counts”.

When you visit Destination Green make sure you have a look at:

  1. Our Shop – all our cute designer nappies at affordable prices.
  2. Nappy Debate – get real life calculations on how much you can save by using modern cloth nappies.
  3. Blog – It’s not just about bums! It’s about giving you ideas on how to embed sustainability into your children’s life.

Here are three of my favourite sites:

  1. Nappies on a mission – if you no longer need your cloth nappies consider donating them to orphanages through nappies on a mission.
  2. An amazing mum entrepreneur network
  3. Amazing pre-natal, post-natal pilates and massage

Question for readers: How did you convince your partners to go on the cloth nappy journey with you?

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February 3, 2013

Bouncing Sprouts: the exclusive Australian supplier of Baba+Boo Nappies from the UK. (Press Release 2013)

Founded in early 2012, Bouncing Sprouts® is the exclusive Australian supplier of award winning, UK
branded nappies and accessories Baba+Boo®.

Late last year, Baba+Boo® launched the exclusive “Enchanted Forrest and Vintage Toys” range of nappies, wet bags and fashion accessories. The new collections join Baba+Boo’s classic collections – mini beasts, animal kingdom, pirates and princesses.

The award winning nappies have been designed by Eve Bell, the founder of Baba+Boo® and each nappy tested by independent sources and customers. The newest exclusive fabrics, which include Master Frog, Little Miss Rabbit, Mr Fox, Miss Hedgehog, Robots and Russian Dolls are one of a kind, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else in the entire world!

Each Baba+Boo® nappy is made under strict ethical conditions comes with the Oeko-Tex® standard, guaranteeing it free of any nasty or harmful chemicals and to top it off, money back guarantee.

Baba+Boo® nappies are designed to fit babies from ~3.5kg all the way through to potty training. The popper system grows with the baby so they can fit right from newborn up to being 3 years old. Our nappies come with 2 large microfiber inserts, which also have poppers so you can make them smaller for newborn tots.

Each nappy is made from a beautiful soft or minky PUL with a waterproof layer to keep the wetness inside. These nappies have matching snaps which make them look truly stunning.

Each nappy comes with informative usage and care instructions but we are only a call or email away, please contact us with any questions, we are always on hand to help any parent decide if cloth is for them…

I look forward to getting to know you,

Kate
Founder, Bouncing Sprouts
www.BouncingSprouts.com
www.facebook.com/BouncingSprouts
Email: kate@bouncingsprouts.com 

December 1, 2012

Switching From Disposable To Cloth? Tips To Make The Switch to Australian Cloth Nappies as Easy as Pie!

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Switching From Disposable To The Modern Cloth Nappy?

Tips To Make The Switch to Australian Cloth Nappies as Easy as Pie!

By using any of the many Australian cloth nappies available, you will find the right one for your baby’s needs. When making the switch from disposables to modern cloth nappies (as the vast majority of mums do change from disposables to cloth nappies rather than start out using cloth nappies), there are tips from those more experienced which can make the change much easier, so let’s read on and discover the best tips for changing to reusable nappies…

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Switching From Disposable To Cloth? Tips To Make The Switch to the Modern Cloth Nappy as Easy as Pie! 

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

My one tip is try before you buy in bulk.  Don’t get roped into buying 24 of one brand unless you are 100% certain that the particular brand is the only brand you want to use.  Buy a selection of nappies and find out what works for you (because after all, you are the one that is going to have to use these nappies everyday).

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

Start off with one or two nappies, and take it from there. Try borrowing them from a hire scheme or friend, or if that’s not available, getting some second hand ones to try and find out what works best for you and your baby.

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

If your partner is reluctant to use cloth, start with some all-in-one nappies and flushable liners.  This way it’s just as easy as changing a disposable, with the added bonus of being able to flush away any poo!

Susan from Nifty Naps:

Bio degradable liners and a hose connected to your toilet. They make Modern Cloth Nappies even easier!

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

Be prepared! Ensure you have a stash of nappies that have been washed and dried at least once. Have an empty bucket ready to store those dirty nappies at home and look at getting a wetbag for when out and about. Have realistic expectations and be experimental as you try different types of nappies.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

Have your nappies all put together and ready to put on just like a disposable is (or use AIOs to make it even easier!)

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

Don’t give up at the first hiccup, like all aspects of parenting, cloth nappying takes a little bit of time to master, with a little bit of persistence you can make a huge difference to the planet and to your hip pocket too!

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

Seek advice from a nappy consultant or advocate such as ourselves to help you select a nappy stash that will suit your family needs, whether it is ease of use, drying time or sticking to a budget.

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Our Comment Question is about the Modern Cloth Nappy:

If you’ve chosen them, tell us why?

Charndra


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August 29, 2012

Modern Cloth Nappies: Cloth Nappy Shop Blog Roundup: August

Modern Cloth Nappies: Cloth Nappy Shop Blog Roundup: August

Many modern cloth nappy shops in Australia have a blog attached to or as part of their site.

The blog is a place where they share more details about the use and care of their nappies, about the particular styles, materials and products they have on offer and even about the day to day running of their business.

They may use their blog (or facebook page) to conduct market research on the types of fabrics to use in future nappies, to offer test nappies to develop new styles, refinements or generations of nappies.

Today’s post is a roundup of some of the recent blog posts I have found. Heaps of cloth nappy shops are very slow at using their blogs, as facebook is all the rage I guess… and yet, a blog is great for building traffic, as I know!

#1: at The Nappy Spot Natalie has an article about Cloth Nappying Challenges – a Lack of Water

What’s the greatest challenge that you’re facing at the moment? Trying to get a good fit on a newborn with skinny legs? Affording enough nappies to be able to use cloth full-time, or all day? Not enough sunshine to dry your nappies properly?

For me at the moment, it’s water! Or more specifically.. not enough of it. Our house runs on rainwater, for everything from drinking/cooking, showering, and of course, in the laundry. It’s been a dry winter, and there’s not too much left in the tanks, so I’ve had to cut back the length of my wash cycles, which is negatively affecting my MCN’s.. Read more @ The Nappy Spot…

#2: at One Less Disposable there is a post about Cheap and easy way to use prefolds:

Worried about the start-up costs of cloth nappying? Here is a cheapish solution to get you going.

A cheap way to go would be to use boosted prefolds and PUL covers. You would need to buy them online. Read more @ One Less Disposable…

#3: at Little Para Pants Blog, you’ll find a helpful post by Mel entitled Is it time to DIY?

If you’re on a budget, like sewing, or none of the MCNs you’ve tried have suited your child, you might decide to try making your own.

What you’ll need:

A sewing machine. It doesn’t have to be flash with all the bells & whistles, it just has to work. All you really need is a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch.

Thread. Polyester thread works well, but don’t go for the stuff in the bargain bin. You’ll end up with a mess.

Needles. Again, don’t go for the cheap ones as they break way too easily. You’ll want the heaviest needles you can find (denim/jeans needles are good) for sewing through multiple layers of fabric. Read more @ Little Para Pants Blog

NB: Check out the new look over at Little Para Pants, where Mel specialises in custom made cloth swim nappies for children of all ages.

#4: at The Baby Chilli Nappies Blogspot, Rebecca has a post about The Great Downunder Nappy Hunt this September:

I am super excited about taking part in the Great Downunder Nappy Hunt this September 2012.All hunters will get a super 15% off everything on line! All you have to do is go towww.diaperdecisions.com and register to hunt in the great downunder nappy hunt.For all of you that don’t know what its about…. The Great Downunder nappy hunt is a scavanger hunt where you go to different websites in search of an icon. You follow fun clues and find some fabulous little websites along the way. Once you have found the icon you click on it and it brings you back to diaper decisions where it is marked as found. The more icons you find the more chance you have of winning some fabulous prizes!My contribution to the prize pool is a Safari party all in one nappy. Read more (and the Baby Chilli Prize) @ The Baby Chilli Nappies Blogspot

#5: at Pepper Place Blog you’ll find an article by Kelly titled: Can I use cloth nappies without a dryer?

YES.

Most definitely. Quite easily. In fact, take that dryer and list it on Freecycle right now, you don’t need it for anything!

(Sorry, letting my rabid greenie tendencies come through there. I’ll pull my head in)

But anyway, it is more than doable to use cloth without a dryer. It is the preferred method-the sun sanitises your nappies, the fresh air leaves them smelling great, and line-drying is free and non-polluting. I have never owned a dryer, nor lived in a house with one. Read more @ Pepper Place…

Visiting the blog of cloth nappy shops where you have purchased cloth nappies or are thinking of buying cloth nappies is a great way to get to know the owner and discover more about them and their nappies.

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of cloth nappy blogs,

Charndra

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August 28, 2012

Modern Cloth Nappies: Current Facebook Nappy Sale Offers in August

Modern Cloth Nappies: Current Facebook Nappy Sale Offers

Today’s is a short post to highlight a few of the most recent offers by Australian Modern Cloth Nappy Shops on facebook. Some are for sales, some for giveaways and contests.

Becoming a fan first of all of My Green Nappy is a great way to keep your eye on offers posted to my wall. I encourage any and all cloth nappy shops to post their specials and messages to my wall, and fans of my page use this as an opportunity to survey specials, giveaways and offers available online. There is a section where you can see all the recent posts of others.

Let’s have a look at several of the recent cloth nappy related offers:

#1: Sweet Pea Cloth Nappies. For a chance to win a Sweet Pea Cloth Nappies wet bag, become a fan of the page today. Once we get to 200 likers we’ll be giving away a wet bag.

#2: Baby Bare Cloth Nappies. Want to win a Baby Bare Nappy? Head over and enter our competition to name our new bright pink nappy!  It will be decided on Sunday night!

#3: Bummis Australia Love Bummis? Head on over to Bummis Australia and share the ‘like’ love to know first about specials, stock updates and tips & advice on cloth nappying!

#4: Apikali Modern Cloth Nappies Cloth Nappy Giveaway: only 25 likers to go. Help me support my daughter and to give away a premium cloth nappy.
www.apikali.com.au

#5: Rydees Australia. SALE! Buy 2 or more Rydees Australia nappies and get 5 Bamboo Terry Wipes for FREE! Until the end of August only..or unti stocks run out! These super soft double layered wipes are safe and gentle on little bums and are excellent for bubs who suffer from nappy rash as they contain no irritating chemicals or alcohol. These wipes are also extremely hardy and don’t loose that soft silky fluffiness wash after wash. If you dont use cloth wipes these make great washers and will be the first one in the pile you grab 🙂 Email Kylie to order at rydeesaustralia@hotmail.com.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of several facebook offers from Australian cloth nappy shops and can find the right bargain, discount, special or win for you!

Becoming a fan or ‘liker’ of the pages that appeal to you means that you can get their special offers directly to your news feed. This is also a great way to get to know the page owners, ask questions and have your finger on the pulse of current events and offers.

– Charndra

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June 1, 2012

I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy… Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

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I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy…

Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

 Australian cloth nappies are very popular, and you’ll find the best cloth nappies make the switch to modern cloth nappies easy. But WHY convert to using modern cloth nappies? There are several reasons mothers make the switch, the number one reason being money. You can save money by using modern cloth nappies. For others it is environmental reasons, for still more it is for the style! Their baby looks cool in their cloth nappies and you know they feel so soft on their bottom.

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy, Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

You’ll save tons of money! You’ll never have a stinky bin again. You’ll avoid the nasty rashes and worse from the chemicals and bleaches in disposables. You’ll stop polluting the earth with a mountain of stinking, indestructible nappies. You can boycott the multinationals. You won’t spend any more money on rubbish. You’ll reduce the carbon footprint of yourself and your children.

I’m always happy to answer your questions personally, even if you use a different brand.

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

The question you should be asking yourself is why not switch? There is much commentary out there on why you should switch including environmental benefits (yes – you get to do your bit to save the earth) and reducing the incidences of nappy rash (because of the natural fibers in each nappy), but by far the most important reason is the financial savings you will enjoy if you make the switch.

If you think about how many disposable nappies you go through in a day and multiply that out by the number of years that your baby will be in nappies (roughly 2 1/2 years on average) the cost of financing a disposable nappy regime is sickening to say the least. You could be looking at up to $3,000 (not to mention the cost if you have 2 or more babies in nappies). Your initial outlay for a full time pack of cloth nappies is approximately $500 – $700 (for a good quality cloth nappy package) but that initial outlay is far less than the $3,000 you are likely to spend in buying disposable nappies. Multiply the savings when you use your nappies on a second or third baby or when you sell your nappies second hand (which there is a great market for by the way) or when you get someone else to buy the nappies for you (e.g. as a baby shower gift).

In addition to financial savings, your baby will look absolutely adorable in its Modern Cloth Nappy (which come in all sorts of cute patterns, colours and designs)!

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

There are huge benefits to using cloth over disposable nappies. You can save over $1000 on your first child alone, which is a huge incentive, without even taking into account the environmental or health benefits. Fewer chemicals against your babies skin has to be a good thing, and less rubbish to put out each week is always a bonus!

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

You’ll save so much money when you use Modern Cloth Nappies instead of disposables.  One cloth nappy, at around $30, can pay for itself almost three times in the first year alone.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

 I think we all use cloth nappies for a number of reasons but personally for me it was solely to do with the environment and what was best for my babies in terms of sustainable living. I always wanted to use cloth and when I was pregnant with my first I thought I was going to use terry flats and covers until I found the magical world of modern cloth nappies and now not only are they great for the environment they look good too!

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

Modern Cloth Nappies are so easy to use, free of chemicals and will save your family money! Many babies will spend 2.5+ years in nappies, if using disposables that is a LOT of nappies being thrown away. Switching to cloth, even part time, will mean your baby is wearing something that is comfortable, breathable and can be used over and over without adding to landfill. Starting with one ‘cloth’ day per week is a great way to begin, and allows you to try out a few different styles of nappies before committing to a whole stash.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

I think the real question is ‘Why should you not make the switch to cloth nappies???’ What is gained by using disposables?
People often tell me they don’t have the time to be a cloth mumma but I’m no superhousewife, (I’m typing this surrounded by the toys that I just haven’t bothered to tidy up tonight – its Offspring night so don’t judge me!!!) but I do do laundry, we wear clean clothes everyday! And an extra load of washing isn’t something I’ve ever noticed. In fact, MCNs are so easy to care for that mine just get thrown in with the rest of the wash! I do laundry 3 or 4 days a week, I’m pretty sure non cloth families do a similar amount of laundry 🙂

The environment is another factor. Now, I’m certainly not a hippy by any means but I do think its important to care for the planet too. Its the only one we have after all. Did you know the first disposable ever made is sitting in landfill tonight, just sitting there, taken up space, not breaking down, filled with decades old excrement – ewwww 😉 And contrary to that very popular argument, the water used to wash an MCN doesn’t have near the same environmental impact as a disposable does. So when you use MCNs you get to pat yourself on the back each night for being so good to the environment 😉

And then there’s the money side. Now, I’ll admit, MCNs can get addictive and if you wanted to you could spend a whole heap of money on ‘pretties’ BUT you still would save money over using disposable nappies. Cloth nappies come in all shapes and sizes to suit all budgets and can be reused from child to child and passed on, donated or sold when your family is finished with them so more babies can use them (and more disposables are saved from landfill). Even using just 1 cloth nappy a day saves you buying 365 disposables, think of what that extra money could do for your household (or you could just put it in the Mumma bank as payment for that tiny bit of extra washing you will do – and believe me, its a tiny amount 😉

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

MCNs are easy to use, save heaps of money (that’s the biggie) and are great for the environment, after all it’s our babies who will be growing up on this planet.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

There are four underlying reasons why parents decide to switch to cloth. The importance of each of these differ from family to family. The first and most widely promoted are the environmental benefits. There are many facts, figures and statistics that demonstrate the reduction in landfill and other environmental benefits that using cloth nappies can provide. The second undeniably is the cost benefits of using both cloth nappies and cloth wipes. Third is the health benefits, cloth gives you more control on what you are putting against your babies skin and finally they are just so darn cute but come with a warning… they can be addictive!

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Our Comment Question is about converting to modern cloth nappies:

If you’ve converted to modern cloth nappies, tell us your number one reason why? Saving Money? Environmental? Style?

Charndra


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January 31, 2011

Meet Our Guest: Little Para Pants

Little Para Pants

Let’s meet Mel, the proud owner of Little Para Pants:

Hi! I’m Mel and I live in Adelaide, where it’s hot and dry today. I have a husband Darrin, son Caleb who’s almost 4, and another son Ian who died at the age of two days. We have three cats and three chickens, and plan to add two more chickens to our brood soon!

Little Para Pants began when Caleb was about three months old. The terry squares we were using just weren’t enough for this heavy wetting boy. So I found some tutorials and patterns online and started to sew some Modern Cloth Nappies. As I got better at it, friends told me they were good enough to sell, so I set up the business. Since then I’ve expanded from one single pattern to several, and many cloth nappy accessories as well.

What bugs me most is the culture we live in, where we told we can’t live without things that we really don’t need! For instance, when preparing for a new baby, most people assume you need a cot, a pram, and a mountain of bottles. Yet for thousands of years before these items were invented, parents and babies got by just fine – in fact thrived – by cosleeping, babywearing, and breastfeeding.

When you visit Little Para Pants, make sure you have a look at…

1. One Fit Wonders –  This is a one-size-fits-most all-in-one nappy with pocket. Use it as is during the day, or add the trifold at night for a super absorbent nappy!
2. Swim Nappies –  Side snapping with PUL and fold-over elastic to minimise leaks
3. Cloth Sandwich Wraps – A velcro-fastening square to keep your sandwiches fresh!

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Joyous Birth – Australia’s home birth community
2. Scarlet Eve – Beautiful and comfortable cloth menstrual pads!
3. OZ Handmade – Your home for handmade things in Australia

Meet Our Guests... Meet Our Guests
– This is a regular feature of My Green Nappy in which family friendly sites are invited to contribute a post about their website. You’ll discover a bit about their ideas, specialties, what motivated their passion and what concerns them about the environment.
Find out more about our guests…

Are you registered to play in our regular nappy giveaway competitions?
Be sure to sign up to have your chance to WIN a free modern cloth nappy for your baby!

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