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

August 2, 2011

Modern Cloth Nappy Sites: Our Planet Matters to You – How?

Our Planet Matters to people in different ways. We each do our own little things to make a difference.

Let’s focus in on what our guests say matters to them the most about the environment at the moment. What matters to our guests who have modern cloth nappy sites? Below are excepts from one of the questions answered by many of our guests. I thought I’d compile them into a series as they are thoughtful and interesting. The link will take you to their site or shop, the logo to their full guest post.

Our Planet Matters! Tell us your perspective on the environment – any aspect! What concerns you the most?

Chris of Baby Bullfrogs says:

Our Planet worries me so much every day – especially seeing our little ones so young and what will it all be like when they have families of their own.

Saving the planet seems like such a daunting task, I believe many people disregard the seriousness of it all simply because it all seems just too hard. The reality is that it all starts with one little task and grows from there. There are so many little ways to help the environment. Teaching our kids the importance of this is paramount. I know there is so much more I could be doing to help save our planet – there is always something more we can and should do!

Just one baby in cloth nappies for 2 years saves such a huge amount of landfill – and that is just one little bottom doing their share! Imagine if all the little bottoms in the world wore cloth ! It all has to start somewhere.

Alisha of Baby Safari says:

My concern about the environment is that it is being treated like a consumable rather than a treasure we must protect. I am concerned with the amount of waste the average person produces. I love the idea of people just changing one aspect of their life to be more environmentally conscious, such as the Green Nappy Initiative.

Amanda of Sweet Bubba Eco Store says:

My concern about the environment is that it is being treated like a consumable rather than a treasure we must protect. I am concerned with the amount of waste the average person produces. I love the idea of people just changing one aspect of their life to be more environmentally conscious, such as the Green Nappy Initiative.

Hollie of B Cheeks says:

Did you know all disposable nappies take over 300 years to decompose?
For each 2.5 years a child is in nappies over 700kg of disposable nappy waste is produced from just the one child.

Little Bear Bums

Catherine of Little Bear Bums says:

Having spent years working with animals and specifically in Zoo’s I have always been aware of environmental issues and the impact we have on it. When I found out I was pregnant I started looking into cloth nappies – I was determined to use cloth like my mom had with me – but after practising on teddy bears folding and pining nappies, I decided there had to be a better way. I was pleasantly surprised to find out about Modern Cloth nappies. I love them, they are quick easy and environmentally friendly. I recommend them to everyone. There is now no excuse for there to be so many disposable nappies building up in our landfills when modern nappies are as easy to use as disposables.

Upsy Baby

Penny of Upsy Baby says:

When my 2nd child came along, we noticed that we were struggling to get what little household rubbish we had into our garbage bin. It was amazing how many disposable nappies were going to landfill from our household alone! I did my research and was saddened by what I found out. How many nappies get used each and every year, how many trees are felled to make disposable nappies and the list just kept going on. It was very sad.

Tail Endz Modern Cloth Nappies

Megan of Tail Endz says:

I love the concept of cloth nappies because they are such an easy way to make an environmental difference. It is quite satisfying as you hang the nappies on the line knowing you didn’t cause too much landfill today! I also would love to be sustainable. At the moment I just do the chooks, compost, vegie garden thing but would eventually love to be a bit more adventurous.

And our comment question is the same:

Tell us your perspective on the environment – any aspect! What concerns you the most?

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…

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

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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March 29, 2011

Maternity and Parenting Sites: Our Planet Matters to You – How?

Our Planet Matters to people in different ways. We each do our own little things to make a difference.

Let’s focus in on what our guests say matters to them the most about the environment at the moment. What matters to our guests who have maternity and parenting sites?

Our Planet Matters! Tell us your perspective on the environment – any aspect! What concerns you the most?

MUMmediaTara, the creator of MUMmedia, says:

My concern is apathy. I talk to so many people who turn a blind eye when it comes to our personal impact on the environment. I think we all have to take responsibility for our part to ensure it is protected for our children. Using cloth nappies is a great start!

My Belly

Miranda, the owner of My Belly, says:

My Belly supports the environment by using cloth nappies (they are so easy, why wouldn’t you?), reducing waste and recycling what waste is produced and most importantly for me is conserving water. After living in Western Australia you become quite water wise but those in New Zealand just think it will never be a problem for them. The way there are continual rolling droughts all over the country year after year, the hydro dams are either shockingly high or power-cuttingly low the folks of New Zealand should listen to their western neighbours about ways they can improve their water usage or they will end up in a similar situation all too soon!

Breastmates

Frances, the owner of Breastmates says:

Well this is a really good question. Before we started our family, I used to be an Environmental Engineer and worked at a consultancy. The thing that concerns me most for the environment, is the throw-away society that we are.

And our comment question is the same:

Tell us your perspective on the environment – any aspect! What concerns you the most?

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…

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

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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March 7, 2011

Following the Cloth Nappy Road… What’s the Next Step in Green Living For Mums Using Cloth Nappies?

Following the Cloth Nappy Road… What is Next?

What has using modern nappies introduced you to? New friends, textile crafts, sewing, reusable cups, online forums, a home based business…?

Far more often than not, mums begin with disposable nappies, find them expensive, google something like ‘non disposable nappies’, ‘disposable nappy alternative’ or ‘washable  or reusable nappy’, then discover modern nappies!

They buy a few secondhand, get addicted, build a stash, and also learn about other concepts to help them save more, be more natural in their approach or have a smaller environmental impact, or simply meet like-minded souls! For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about what using modern cloth nappies had in turn introduced them to.

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, Alisha from Baby Safari, 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, Sasha from Green Kids, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What has using modern cloth nappies introduced you to? (in addition to an addictive cloth nappy collecting hobby)”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

It has helped me become more aware of the total life cycle of all sorts of things I use in my everyday life. For example, kitchen cleaning cloths, face and sticky hands wipes, tissues, toothbrushes, pens and pencils…

Switching to reusable cloth nappies was the first step in my journey to becoming more aware of my own carbon footprint, and that of my children.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Cloth pads & menstrual cups (feminine hygiene products)

Mel of Little Para Pants:
Cloth pads.  I found out about them while researching cloth nappies during my first pregnancy.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

A fabric addiction, I love fabrics when I never did before kids!
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
Cloth feminine care products.
Kyra of Bubbalooba:
Since starting to use cloth nappies, I have been introduced to more and more ideas of green living, which is something that I am getting more passionate about with each day. Many of the modern cloth nappy sites I have visited have green tips or products, it is so inspiring!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

I’ve been introduced to like minded people and the opportunity to work from home doing something I love and am passionate about.

Annette of Iish Fly:

It has introduced an addictive habbit of being obsessive about being environmental. I use very little chemicals in cleaning and have returned to natural products such as vinegar and bi-carb, recycle almost everything, be water wise, and sold my car.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Teaching my older children about reuse, recycle.

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

A lot of other homemade and handmade hobbies!! 🙂

It has rekindled my love of crocheting and knitting, and introduced to me MOO GOO! lol!

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I’ve made a lot of friends on various forums because we all share a passion for cloth nappies.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Cloth wipes – they do go hand in hand, but they are fabulous! I especially love my velour wipes – so deliciously soft!

Tracey from Flattery:

The way I dress my baby is different to parents who use disposables – for me the nappy is the outfit for people who use disposables the outfit is the bit that covers the nappy.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Collecting material. I have way too much!

Julie from Cloth For Comfort:

A fantastic group of other modern cloth nappy addicts; we meet monthly in Brunswick (Melbourne) and share our great ideas, stashes, problems, experiences and successes with using modern nappies. We also strongly encourage those new to MCN to join us for a casual morning tea in an environment suitable for children. I have made some lovely friendships through this group.
I also openly offer to teach anyone who is keen to make their own nappies, as long as they are willing to come to my house once my children are asleep. I do this to give back to the community that gave me so much help when I first started.
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
I think I may be in the minority here but I never really got addicted to cloth nappy collecting – for me it was the designing and making of the nappies I got addicted to!
Both my kiddies stash is really quite dismal and we work with a small and sufficient amount of cloth nappies – all the pretties seem to go to customers!
Kate from Nappy Days:
Recycling, worm farming and vege gardening.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
I also developed an addiction to cloth menstrual pads!

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

A fabric addiction.
Karen from Baby Blossom:
My cloth nappy obsession has led me to more natural products not only on my children but around my house. Everything from cleaning products to skin care.

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3 Recommended Resources:

  1. Alternative feminine hygiene choices.
  2. Nappy making fabrics and materials.
  3. Creative Kids at Home

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A question to you about what your interest in modern nappies has introduced you to:

What was the next stop on your Modern Cloth Nappy road?

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

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September 1, 2010

Why Modern Cloth Nappies?

Why Modern Cloth Nappies?

It’s nice to know why a retailer makes the decision to make or sell modern cloth nappies – is it the same reason you are interested or already using cloth nappies on your baby?

There are three main reasons, usually inter-connected, that reflect why modern cloth nappies are used in combination with, or rather than, disposable nappies:

For your baby – softer, warmer and more comfortable than wearing paper, less nappy rash, more body awareness, leading often to earlier toileting independence, and therefore less waste and washing.

For your budget – saving money every time a washable nappy is used, reducing the costs of having a baby, leading to other savings.

For the benefit of the Environment – less landfill, less ecological impact, less CO2 and other potential contaminants, less use of non renewable natural resources.

For today’s topic we’ve asked your Nappy Experts about why they make or sell modern cloth nappies.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“Why do you sell modern cloth nappies?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

I became a dealer to support my own addiction!

Melinda of Avanappy:

I want to help increase the number of Modern Cloth Nappy makers in Australia, so Australian parents don’t have to look overseas to buy nappies.

Mel of Little Para Pants:

Because I like making them, and I wanted a job where I could work at home while looking after my son.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

I sell Modern Cloth Nappies because I love them, I am addicted to them and I want everyone else to use them!

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

I’m passionate about them and it’s something I can do to make a little money on the side while staying at home with the children – my number one priorty.

Inge of Earth Kidz:

I think it is an easy thing for parents to do to save the environment for their children. I got hooked and want to get others hooked too!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

My passion started in 1993 when I did my C.A.T about nappies in high school, when I had bub no. 1, that was it!

Annette of Iish Fly:

I began selling Modern Cloth Nappies as an experiment on ebay, and still today I am experimenting with MCN’s. When I moved over to Modern Cloth Nappies from terry squares, I loved how well they fitted, and how easy they were to use. I wanted others to have the choice and knowledge of them as well.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because I simply love what I do. I get so much satisfaction in seeing babies running around in beautiful, environmental friendly nappies!

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Apart from them being cute, I sell them so that I can share the joy of functional things that I create that are great for the environment!

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Because I love and believe in the product! I love fashion and pretty things, things that make life easy for parents (I have two toddlers!), and our Earth. I have created a product which fulfils all 3 passions!

Tracey from Flattery:

Modern Cloth Nappies are a passion of mine – I love using them I love making them, i love designing, creating, and I love sharing. When I originally started making nappies it was a huge thing for me to make cloth attractive – it’s the pretty nappies that will bring non-clothies on board – and i also wanted to make them affordable so I’ve kept my prices quite low.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Because I want to spread the word about how wonderful Modern Cloth Nappies can be. I feel they are a wonderful invention and not only help landfill but save you money and look a lot cuter too.

Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:

I sell modern cloth nappies because I love using them. They are easy-peasy! The thought of how many disposables I am not throwing away makes me feel really proud at the small effort we are going to, to leave a cleaner planet to our little miracles.

Julie from Cloth For Comfort:

I have chosen to primarily sell my nappies at a handmade craft market in Melbourne; while it takes more time and cost than just having an online store, I LOVE advocating modern cloth nappies and explaining the benefits, especially to those who have never seen or heard of them before.  I love the amazed reactions I get when I show them how cloth nappies have evolved from the humble towelling flat nappies! I am excited to be responsible for most of my customers using my nappies after seeing my stall and learning about MCN at the market.  It also feeds my addiction to MCN, as there are only so many nappies you can make for your own children. Click here for details of the next Market you will find us at…

Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:

To share my love of these get products. Not only are they a more environmentally friendly choice over disposables, they are cost effective and cute!

Kate from Nappy Days:

Because parents need to know they have choice to get out of the brainwashed baby system that we currently have. I wish I had known more when I had our son, but found it was better late than never.

Alisha of Baby Safari:

I chose to sell them because I believe in them as a product and I wanted more people to know about them. Since I opened there has been a dramatic increase in online cloth retailers and WAHMs making Modern Cloth Nappies.

Sasha of Green Kids:

I really like that I am able to offer parents a way to use cloth nappies which is much easier than it has traditionally been. I know a lot of people choose disposables as they think cloth is too hard, so it’s great to let people know about Green Kids, and that there is a way that they can make the right choice for their baby and the environment, but without all the hassle.

Reusable cloth helps preserve natural resources

Great! I like all these reasons.
What motivates me to use cloth and reusable options is the environment and money! It is simply cheaper to re-use something many times – particularly when it is just going to be weed in, throwing it away after it is piddled in seems so wasteful.
Environmentally, I like knowing that although the product used resources in it’s manufacture, that process only happened once, not once for each time it is worn – another impact-reducing aspect of modern cloth.
Thank you to all our nappy experts for their contributions,

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3 recommended resources:

  1. My Green Nappy Guide – discover all about modern cloth nappy styles in guided slo-mo – you’ll be a pro in no time with my unique guided tour!
  2. Have you been browsing through the Modern Cloth Mini Trend Galleries? A great way to spot a nappy you like, and then to go and visit the shop where it came from, to buy one!
  3. Go looking though the Green Promise Nappies Gallery – our signature ‘turbo charged giveaway’, in which nappies are pledged and donated for you to win and use as ‘nappy change’ ambassadors on your baby’s bum!

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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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.

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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 28, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Which of the 3 ‘Enviro ‘R’s’ have you done this week?

Reduce, reuse and recycle are the three well-known aspects of the ‘Waste Hierarchy’, urging us all to consider how we can reduce waste, re-use what we have and recycle what we can’t find another use for.

These three concepts have been expanded to include terms such as repair, renew, replace or  remove. All these concepts allow us to reduce our environmental impact in those small ways that add up, that we can gradually add to as we have the time and resources.

Using Modern Cloth Nappies of course means  you will be reusing nappies every time your baby wears a nappy, and thus reducing both your household costs each week, your waste load and you’ll probably feel quite good about this simple way to earn some ‘eco-karma’!

Taking it a step further, you can get nappies made from recycled or repurposed fabrics, such as those available from Tricia at Flannel Fings, the girls at Sewy Joeys,  and Allison at Green Bums. You’ll also discover that many businesses are using recycled packaging, stationery and biodegradable packaging as well as perhaps offering digital receipts and ultimately, your nappy can biodegrade into your own or someone else’s garden compost…For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s how they reduced, reused or recycled something this week.

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 KidzKyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear NappiesAlisha from Baby Safari, Ashley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli, Kelleigh from Miracle Baby, Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris froBaby Bullfrogs, Peggy from Fluffy Bubs and Kate from Nappy DaysSasha from Green KidsMichelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what your nappy doulas have to say:

“The ‘Three R’s’- tell us about one you did this week…”

Emma of Brindabella Baby:

One of my favourite fitted nappies finally fell apart at the leg elastic seams. It was bought second-hand and then used for all three of my kids, so it had a good life. But I kept the separate lay-in booster – handy for laying in cloth undies during toilet training when they sometimes don’t quite make it in time.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Adding vegetable scraps to the compost and giving boxes and newspaper to the kids to play with (they are imaginative play kids)
Mel of Little Para Pants:
This week’s a bad example, we’ve been holidaying and threw away more than we usually do!  My husband put the recycle bin out tonight, though.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Reused nappies from my eldest which don’t fit her anymore on my youngest (clean of course!).
My daughter and I reused an old pizza box to make a cardboard mobile for a cousin.

Kyra of Bubbalooba:

This week I made shampoo from Soap Nuts – I was so excited when I got my Soap Nuts in the post, I have been googling for all sorts of things I can do with them. I’m loving the fact that they are grey water safe so I can reuse my washing water for the garden.

Inge of Earth Kidz:
It’s something in our system. We try to recycle everything, meaning getting it on the right piles.

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

I managed to downsize my garbage bin to the smallest size as we now recycle almost everything.

Annette of Iish Fly:

Reduce- timed our showers to reduce water consumption.

Re-use- We have a tub in the shower I use to bath Ella. We use it to catch water while waiting for the water to warm & mix correctly and catch some run off– we then re-use the water on the veggie garden, along with the the compested veggie scraps from the kitchen.

Recycle- In my “other day job” working with socially disadvantaged people, I often rescue household items from vacant properties and household clean ups to give them a new lease of life in a needly home to prevent them ending up as landfill.

Reduce- timed our showers to reduce water consumption.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

I always try and use my reusable bags, but I always reuse any plastic bags over and over.

Pop over to the shop fronts of our Nappy Doulas to see each of their personal commitments to environmental sustainability!

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

This week I reckon I have done all three! I’m always reusing. Instead of store bought baby wipes I use cut up cloths. I just wash these with the nappies.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

One that I did this week, is take a trip to the Baby & Kids Markets to sell some of the kids old things. Recycling!

Tracey from Flattery:

I’m a serial recycler – we don’t chuck out ANYTHING usable – if i can’t scavenge parts or reuse it for something else – I always give unwanted stuff away on freecycle – beats sending it off for landfill!!

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I always recycle, its a big thing in our house, of course reuse our modern cloth nappies and reduce our carbon footprint by turning off lights, the aircon and having short showers.
Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:
We have put all plastics for the week into our plastic recycling bin.
We have washed and reused our cloth nappies.
We have used leftovers for lunches.
We have reused our grocery shopping bags.
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
Recycle – I sent the nappies my daughter has grown out of to my sister for her to use with her daughters.
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Reuse – I used my bamboo fleece off cuts to absorb cooking oil, rather than using paper towel.
Kate from Nappy Days:
I started making my own bread because I hate having to buy it in a plastic bag!
Alisha of Baby Safari:

We’ve reused some timber from the old deck we had to make up some stables in the shed rather than go out and buy new timber for them.

Sasha of Green Kids:
The three R’s are often cited in our house, as we want our kids to grow up conscious of the impact their individual actions can have, both positive and negative. If I had to pick one for this week, I will go with reduce. We always use reusable containers for sandwiches and lunches, and rarely ever use plastic wrap. We do a lot of things in our household to reduce our overall footprint, including recycling, composting, using cloth nappies, brewing our own beer to save bottle waste, growing our own vegies, among many others!
I made breastpads out of fabric scraps.
In our home (which we call ‘Fair Haven’ after the Star Trek: Voyager episode) we have a recycle bin, use modern cloth training pants and night nappies, my oldest son has a recycling box in the shed where he collects plastic bottles and cans for recycling, and we take boxes and whatnot to Kindy for the making table. I turn foam meat trays into a construction toy and we play with bottle caps in all sorts of sorting games with my baby boy!
Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,

P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

– 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 Helping You to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:

  1. Visit My Nappy Style Window with supplies to help you make your own DIY Nappies...
  2. Where to buy secondhand nappies in Australia and New Zealand
  3. Freecycle – an online community for sharing free stuff around your community!

A Question to You About Reducing, Reusing and Recycling:

“The ‘Three R’s’- tell us about one your family did this week…”

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
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?

April 2, 2010

Our Planet Matters: Coral People – Underwater sculptures used to protect the reefs

Dive Into Art!

I was looking at Eco Ideas Net, which I talked about last week, and found this great story. Jason De Caires Taylor has created an underwater sculpture park in Cancun. He takes full-size casts of local people and turns them into installation art which is a tourist attraction for divers as well as a way to educated the wider community about the issues represented. 400 scupltures will be installed by the end of the project.

The artist has a website about his artwork called Underwater Sculpture which you can also visit to see more of his work.

Vicissitudes - 26 Statues, Depth 4.5 metres, West Indies

This sculpture, called ‘Vicissitudes’, was the one that caught my eye first. Symbolically, it says a range of things to me – the people are in a circle holding hands – so, working together to protect that which they are made of – in this case – materials that support coral growth. They are facing outwards, giving the impression that they are protecting the reef, as they are also looking in many directions at once. Thirdly, they are children or young people – saying to me something about protecting this fragile underwater environment for future generations, as well as teaching children about the importance of these eco-systems to the bio-diversity of Earth.

I also think about the casts taken from the hollows of Pompeii and remember the time my Mum did a clay cast of me and how at that time I discovered I did not enjoy being immobilised under clay, especially when a spider walked past. I have however had my preggy belly cast since then, but not my face – no siree! I can’t imagine having a full body cast done…

Cancun’s famous coral reef is under environmental stress because of its popularity among divers. These underwater sculptures draw divers away from the reef. The sculptures are made of special materials that promote growth of new coral.

You can see the underwater world starting to consume the sculptures...

As someone with an art background, I thought the idea of sculptures displayed underwater was a very clever way to draw attention to the plight of our global coral reefs. There is a whole range of scultures scattered around the area for the divers to explore and find, keeping them away from the sensitive reefs in the area.

Here’s the comment I added to the article:

I like the idea of using art in a functional way like this to draw attention to the plight of the coral reefs. That they become part of the system and contribute to promoting more coral growth is great – scuttled ships have been used this way for years, what a great idea to create another form of diving experience for underwater tourists to explore!

There is also a short video about the story, showing a range of sculptures. I’d certainly recommend checking out the gallery at his website, Underwater Sculpture.

Visit ‘Dive into Art’…

Creator of My Green Nappy

A question for you about these underwater sculptures:

Looking at ‘Vicissitudes’, what does it make you think of?

March 21, 2010

Our Planet Matters: The Breathing Earth Simulation

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Just how much CO2 is released in Australia and New Zealand?

The Breathing Earth simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.

Check out the Breathing Earth Simulation

The Breathing Earth Simulation

Watch a simulation of total CO2 Emissions released during your visit!

In Australia 1000 tonnes of CO2 is released every 1.4 minutes.

In New Zealand 1000 tonnes of CO2 is released every 15.4 minutes.

From Breathing Earth.net:

The Environment and Climate Change

Global warming (aka climate change) is probably the most important issue to face our generation, and quite possibly any generation in history. The worldwide scientific community is virtually unanimous in its agreement that global warming is happening, that that it’s our fault. If we let it get out of our control, the consequences – which will already begin occuring in most of our lifetimes – will be catastrophic. Just some of the consequences that can be reasonably expected are rising sea levels, more frequent and more severe natural disasters, large-scale food shortages, plagues, massive species extinctions, unprecedented numbers of refugees, intensified ethnic and political tensions, and a global economic depression the likes of which no one has ever seen.

The situation is still within our grasp, but we must act now, we must act strongly, and we must act together.

Individuals, companies, and governments across the globe must each do what they can to reverse climate change.

We will never get a second chance.

What can I do?

The good news is that there are plenty of things that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint. The key word is reduce. We can greatly lessen our impact on climate change by using the planet’s resources more responsibly. There are many things we can reduce, and many ways we can reduce them, but three of the major ones are: reduce the amount of animal products you consume (meat, dairy, eggs, leather, etc.), reduce the amount of fuel you use (car, air travel, etc.), and reduce the amount of electricity you use. If you’re interested, there are plenty of good resources on the net. I encourage you to so your own research.

Visit Breathing Earth.net

At My Green Nappy, check out these resources:

Your Nappy Doula’s share tips to reduce the environmental footprint of your nappy use.

My Green Nappy Guide offers you ongoing tips to gradually go greener…

Start with ONE green nappy.

The Modern Cloth Mini Trends are a nice way to get an overview of nappies available in a number of themes…

Creator of My Green Nappy

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