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

February 21, 2011

No More Blowouts for Your Baby Budget!

Do disposable nappies cause a ‘blow-out’ of your weekly baby budget?

Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Disposable nappies are bought, used ONCE, then thrown in the bin. Then the next one is bought, used once, tossed in the bin, then the next… Each week the costs mount up, and then each new baby, the costs double, and with inflation, more than double. Modern nappies are bought ONCE, then used over and over again. They are tossed in the washing machine, which does all the cleaning for you! With each new baby, you can re-use many of your washable nappies, and get to buy new pretty things for expanding your stash too, as some ‘upgrading’ may be necessary (or wished for), depending on how many you have active in your day to day nappy stash. For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about blow-outs: Nappy blow-outs and budget blow-outs.

Let’s see what they have to say: Why do modern cloth nappies mean no more budget blow-outs?

Mel of Little Para Pants:

I’ve heard the figure of $1000 per year for disposable nappies.  I know I don’t have that kind of money to just throw in a landfill.  If you can afford $25-30 every fortnight of your first pregnancy, you can have a really good stash by the time your baby’s born, and those nappies should last through two or more children.  That’s roughly $600 for around 20 nappies – even more if you buy a pack of flat terries one fortnight.  So $1000 a year for an average of 3 years, for an average of 2 kids, is $6000.  That’s ten times what you could spend on cloth nappies for both kids, and they might even last long enough for a third!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Budget wise – you don’t have to keep buying nappies especially if you go for one size.

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

2c to 8c per nappy change as opposed to 33c to 68c …. I’d say it’s pretty obvious! The figures speak for themselves.<

Annette of Iish Fly:

Well if you can contain yourself, Modern Cloth Nappies can save lots of $$.  I spent a total of around $300 on Ella for materials to make her MCN’s.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because you can always buy them when they are on special. (Bulk Packs at Issy Bear Nappies)

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

No more blow-outs in budgets – I love that about cloth nappies! Not only do I not have to cringe at the thousands of dollars it might cost for disposables, but you can sell your used Modern Cloth Nappies and even get something back!

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I know how much I have spent on nappies and don’t have to worry about finding $30 in the tough times when the nappy box is running low, I always have them on hand.
Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:
As for budget blowouts, it does cost a bit to buy the nappies to begin with, but imagine how much you would spend buying all of your disposable nappies up front. A lot more! A little spent at the start means fantastic savings in the long run. Plus, immediate relief on the grocery bill!
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Cloth nappies are cost effective. Even considering the cost of water and energy (washing and drying), it still ends up cheaper in the long run.
Sasha of Green Kids:
I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to add expensive nappies to my trolley every week! I used to smile as I walked past the nappy section each week, knowing that I had an extra $30 or $40 to spend on other more fun things!
– 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 about Modern Nappies here at My Green Nappy:
  1. Modern Cloth Mini Trends
  2. My Nappy Style Windows
  3. The 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative

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A comment question to You about Nappy Blow-Outs… Tell us about an awkward nappy blow-out experience you have had with your baby…

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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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August 21, 2010

Greenwashing Alert! Deceptively Disposable Nappies?

What’s 1 aspect of disposable nappies that you find is often ‘green washed’ in the minds of the general public?

“Disposable Nappies” – as we know, they aren’t – they sit around in landfill for decades, and more.

What is greenwashing, and does it get applied to disposable nappies?

In a society that’s increasingly aware of its own negative impact on the natural world, it’s no surprise corporations compete for consumer approval by promoting themselves as environmentally friendly or green. Such promotions might be as simple as sprinkling product packaging with leafy logos or as involved as publicizing investments in emerging technologies. Organizations spend billions of dollars each year in an attempt to convince consumers that their operations have a minimal impact on the environment. But can you believe the claims? How much environmental marketing is simply greenwashing?

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about the perceptions of the general public when it comes to disposable nappies and the green movement. “Green washing” is alive and well, and the myths quickly permeate general knowledge, but are often just a case of creative advertising and clever marketing, not environmental care at all…

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 PantsLouise from Scamps BoutiqueEva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth KidzCassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear NappiesAlisha from Baby Safari, Cindy from Ticklefish TotsAshley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli,  Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris froBaby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy DaysMichelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, and Karen from Baby Blossom.

Greenwashing as a term was originally related to a hotel chain that made claims about being eco-friendly in the way their towels were washed, yet it was found to be nothing more than a promotional ploy!  According to Wikipaedia:

The term is generally used when significantly more money or time has been spent advertising being green (that is, operating with consideration for the environment), rather than spending resources on environmentally sound practices.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What’s 1 aspect of using disposable nappies that you find is often ‘green washed’ in the minds of the general public?”

Emma of Brindabella Baby:

It’s OK because they make biodegradable disposables now.” Green wash – most people don’t use biodegradables. Of those who do, most use the ones readily available in supermarkets that are only 70% biodegradable – so there’s still a large quantity of nappy not breaking down in landfill. And even if you use a 100% biodegradable nappy, it won’t break down in landfill if it’s in a non-biodegradable plastic bag.

Melinda of Avanappy:

The chemical makeup of the absorbency layers.
Mel of Little Para Pants:
I keep hearing about the study that found cloth nappies use more water than disposables.  I think the study was assuming that you’re always washing your full stash at the same time.  I don’t know about anyone else, but the only time that’s ever happened here was before my son was born and he wasn’t wearing any yet!

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

Eco Disposable brands. They still take a long time break down and only then under the right conditions. No matter how eco-friendly they might be (compared to normal disposables), they are still contributing to our disposable culture.
Inge of Earth Kidz:
That they are breathable. Duh, try putting plastic underwear on yourself!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

No worse than cloth re water use etc.

Annette of Iish Fly:

That using disposable saves on water in Australia’s arid environment. I find a baby in nappies tends to add an extra 2 loads a week, which in a front loader is around an extra 40-60 L a week, which is less than 1% of the average households water consumption. Another aspect  it promotes is that “It is ok to send hazardous body waste to landfill!

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

The words ‘eco-friendly‘.’

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Well, no mention of the hundreds of years a disposable nappy takes to break down is certainly one thing …. Do you think companies who thrive from the sale of disposable nappies would stay in business if they publicised the fact that their product was not as eco-friendly as they would have us believe?

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Lots of people argue that cloth nappies use so much water, without realising how much water (amongst other things) goes into the production of disposables.

Tracey from Flattery:

There was a study done into the environmental impact of disposables/cloth (they came out on par with each other) the thing that frustrates me is that this study was carried out when cloth nappies were terry cloth squares – that required soaking in napisan (which is not used for nappies now) and water usage was based on pre-soaking and water guzzling top loaders and electricity usage included drying in a dryer not on the line!

Bec from Baby Chilli:

The amount of water it takes to make disposable nappies, plus of course the crude oil, trees and plastic consumption that goes into each and every disposable nappy.
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
I have found speaking with hundreds of people in my experience at the markets, one aspect which is ‘green washed’ is the amount of water used in the making of disposable nappies compared to cloth. I can understand this from the point of view of those who have not had any education regarding modern cloth nappies as the clever disposable nappy marketing campaigns can insinuate that less water is used in the making of disposable nappies.
Although this is true for only one nappy, it is much more when you add up the thousands of disposable nappies used for each child compared to the environmentally sustainable crops such as bamboo which is commonly used in modern cloth nappies and also the water it takes to wash and clean the nappies too!
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
Just how toxic the chemicals are that are used in them – blerghh!
Kate from Nappy Days:
That disposables are actually really good for the environment and that parents need to be more worried about spending time with their baby instead of doing mountains of washing.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
They think they are saving water by using them, the don’t think of the water that has been used to manufacture the nappies.
Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Marketing not focusing on the negatives like landfill and pollution problems and chemical usage in manufacture.
Karen from Baby Blossom:
Disposable are biodegradable. Although many parts of a disposable may be, wrap it in plastic and put it in landfill.
It still takes hundreds of years to break down.

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3 Recommended Resources about Greenwashing and reducing the impact of using disposables :

  1. Greenwatch: All you need to know about Greenwashing.
  2. “The Six Sins of Greenwashing.”
  3. Make your eco disposables more environmentally friendly by emptying them.

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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 28, 2010

Buy Your Disposable Nappies in Bulk – It is More Eco-Friendly!

How can you still consider the environment even when using full-time disposables?

When you bulk buy disposable nappies you are making an eco-friendly choice.

Bulk buying is practicing Pre-cycling!

Precycling prevents waste from coming into your home.

You will save money buying in bulk – nappies in bigger boxes, or cartons.

You are save resources by reducing the packaging needed, the transport costs,

Whether you are a hybrid nappy user, making the switch to more eco-friendly nappy choices or a family committed to using modern cloth as much as possible, there may be times when using disposable nappies is the only way to go.

There are many reasons you may decide to use disposable nappies:

  • you are doing certain types of travelling without access to a washing machine,
  • you are visiting relatives who have ‘issues’ with cloth nappies (yes, they exist!),
  • you have a newborn baby that is a pooping fanatic,
  • someone in your family is sick,
  • your washing machine is on the fritz,
  • water restrictions are particularly tight (if you use mainly rain water for instance)
  • or you are simply tired and in need of a washing break.

Instead of reusing cloth nappies, you can ‘pre-cycle’ your disposable nappies!

Precycling is the practice of reducing waste by attempting to avoid bringing into the home ‘things’ which will generate waste. Precycling includes any attempts to reduce the production of waste.

Precycling includes such practices as:

  • buying consumables in bulk to reduce packaging,
  • buying consumables in recyclable packaging over non-recyclable packages,
  • avoiding junk mail,
  • using electronic media for reading materials, (especially throwaway items such as magazines or newspapers.)

Buying bulk nappies is the environmentally friendly way to buy disposables.

You can bulk buy nappies online as well as at local bulk buy nappy warehouses.

Here is a starting selection of places that offer bulk nappies:

Bub Hub offers a directory of disposable nappy Home Delivery Services.

An Eco-Goal for you to consider:

What if you looked into getting your next lot of disposables in bulk, to practice pre-cycling as you also save money you can use towards buying some re-usable cloth nappies?

– Charndra

3 My Green Nappy Resources:

1. My Nappy Style Window of Eco-Disposable Nappies – these also come in bulk, which can take them down to the cost of regular disposables, but with much better eco-karma.

2. My Nappy Style Window of Bulk Packs of modern cloth nappies – bulk packs or bundles of modern cloth also save you money.

3. How to empty one of your disposable nappies to reduce waste – and make your garden THRIVE!

A question to you about buying disposable nappies in bulk:

How do you store your bulk nappies?


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.

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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