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

June 28, 2011

Meet Our Guest – My Friend Matilda

Let’s meet Bek, the proud owner of My Friend Matilda:

Hi I’m Bek the face behind My Friend Matilda. I am the proud mother of my 18 month old son, Kayden. He is our very own little miracle boy who was waiting around for 5 months before his mumma realized she was pregnant! We have had a whirlwind couple of years and My Friend Matilda began when he was four months old.

About My Friend Matilda

We have recently transitioned our website to just focus on selling high quality, removable wall decals. When I was pregnant with Kayden there was a real demand for contemporary decals and there was a definite lack of this in the Aussie market.

My Friend Matilda is named after our Cavoodle, Matilda. She was our first born furry child and frankly…Matilda sounded better than My Friend Kayden (sorry Kayden!). We have a really supportive Facebook page that is growing every day and we encourage our fans and customers to join up, grab bargains and of course share their newly purchased decals with us!

Our Planet Matters!

I have always been aware of how precious our environment is however when our son Kayden was born I realized how important it was to ensure we set the best example for him as well.
So we have always used reusable nappies and I have recently started a worm farm which I ensure I show off to all our visitors!

When you visit My Friend Matilda, make sure you have a look at…

Check out our eco friendly page..we have lots of specials at the moment!

We have just released our new fabric decals (a removable and reusable range!)

Decals are not just for children!

3 of my favourite sites are:

  1. Cloud Love Baby: I have just purchased the most adorable bib from here!
  2. Scoopon: Because every mum loves a bargain!
  3. Our Facebook page – we would just love you to join us today!

Let’s talk more!

So are you one to prepare bubs nursery before or after the birth?

– Bek

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 at the moment.
Find out more about our guests…

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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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May 6, 2010

Recycled Gift Wrapping: How to add some ‘ECO-LUXE’ to your next gift giving celebration!

Recycled Gift Wrapping: How to add some ‘ECO-LUXE’ to your next gift giving celebration!

Our Planet Matters: 5 Ways of Recycling Gift Wrapping

Have you ever been caught out without sticky tape or wrapping paper? Have you cringed at the wrapping paper ripped off and tossed in the bin after one use at Christmas? Last Christmas we shredded our chrissy paper and added it to the veggie garden as colourful and festive mulch. We also use kids paintings as wrapping – always unique, and always plenty of it!

This year, I’ve decided to make fabric christmas stockings, to have a fun ‘me time’ activity, a creative activity, and to revitalise this eco-friendly tradition for our boys. I’ll probably make ‘crazy quilt’ stockings, as that is my favourite form of quilting activity. In researching a variety of ideas (I had done some furoshiki in the past), I have put together this cool resource to share recycled gift wrapping ideas with you. For gifts inside the stocking, I’m going to have fun wrapping them in the many styles of cloth wrapping you’ll find below. For those of you who are baby wearers like me, I KNOW your fingers will be itching to try some knots in new ways – perhaps on your wrap!

We only have one planet to live on and we all have to do our part to help reduce waste and preserve the beauty of our planet for future generations. Disposable wrapping paper creates nearly 4 million additional tons of garbage in the U.S. during the holiday season alone! (ewraps)
Wrapping Presents gives you the opportunity to indulge in some Eco-Luxe:
Eco-Luxe: A multi-purpose reusable accessory that is also ultra-stylish and luxurious. (bobo)

Let’s have a look at 5 ways you can reduce costs, make a difference, even start a new family tradition by scrapping the idea of paper wrapping paper once and for all:

1. Furoshiki: Fabric Gift Wrapping

Furoshiki is a Japanese tradition for using cloth to wrap gifts and more:

Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. Choose from a wide variety of sizes and designs to complement your lifestyle. Why furoshiki? It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size. Furoshiki: the eco-friendly wrapping cloth

Furoshiki Fabric Gift Wrapping

Furochic Fabric Gift Wrapping

Discover how to wrap a range of shaped objects attractively in fabrics…

2. Ewrapz

Ewrapz are one-piece wrapping cloths for gifts that have the ribbon attached, and they have a ‘legacy tag’ that you can use to record the travels of this reusable form of gift wrapping.

3. Bojagi: The Wrapping Scarf

Bojagi is a Korean tradition of using fabric for wrapping gifts. The wrapping scarf tradition comes mainly from Korea and Japan and originated centuries ago as a way to wrap and transport items before the widespread use of paper and plastic. (bobowrap)

‘How to’ videos for gift wrapping using a fabric scarf at Bobo.

4. Make your own: DIY Gift Bags Let’s call them ‘Boomerang Gift Wraps‘ that come back to the giver – or go to another recipient each celebration. That’s a term I like!

Here are some simple patterns…

Free and Easy Gift Bag Patterns

Free Drawstring Gift Bag Patterns

5. Use Kindy and Kiddie Art!

Perhaps you already do – it is a seemingly endless supply, and makes special wrappings, and gives it another use. It is also a fun activity to do with your kids, whatever age – walking on paper with painted feet, or using painted hands, painting on a table then doing finger designs and ‘printing’ it with paper laid on top… going crazy with stickers and stamps and collage….

Let’s have a look at some images of fabric gift wrapping:

Imagine…What if you raided the local thrift store and upcycled some cool retro or just interesting fabrics into some gift bags?

Your Nappy Doula’s talk about reducing, reusing and recycling…

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A question to you about recycling gift wrapping:

Does this concept inspire you as it does me? What do you want to have a go at before Christmas or another gift giving celebration?

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