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.

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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…

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April 9, 2010

Environmental Awareness – Encouragement Vs Education

Filed under: Mama * Earth * Kids — Tags: , , , , , , — charndra @ 6:31 am

Environmental Awareness – Encouragement Vs Education

By Eric C Eckl

“I can do small things every day that will make an impact on water pollution.”

It’s such a simple statement, and it’s true. So why is it so hard to send a message — over the airwaves, online, or in print — that actually evokes that reaction? Unfortunately, many environmental messages accidentally evoke an entirely different reaction, instead:

“It is hard to believe that the actions of one person can really contribute to lessening water pollution.”

I pulled those quotes from test audiences that reviewed a pair of environmental public service announcements. It’s my job to help environmental organizations pre-test their commercials and other marketing materials before they are released to the public. The two spots had a lot in common. Both of them urged everyday citizens to do their part in their daily lives to stop water pollution before it starts. But here’s the key difference — the producers of more successful advertisement crafted their message to encouraging. The producers of the less successful advertisement crafted their message to be educational.

Tennessee Water Works produced the “Heroes” advertisement, which prompted that confident “I can do small things every day” response. Who are the “heroes” this ad is about? People like you and me, who plant trees, recycle their motor oil (instead of dumping it in the drain), and care for their lawns responsibly. This advertisement holds up the example of ordinary people doing ordinary things and tells the viewer how great it is. In just 30 seconds, the advertisements repeatedly send the message that these people are heroes and their small actions add up to something important. According to the test panel, this message eventually sinks in.

The government of Honolulu produced the “Water for Life” commercial that prompted the second, doubt-filled reaction. This spot is educational. It shows images that reveal how trash and pollution find their way into storm drains and out into the ocean that Hawaiians love. Sure, it’s true. But it’s grim — bumming the viewers out with shots of murky, polluted water, garbage, and choking wildlife. According to the test audience feedback, viewers see reason to believe that solutions are within reach, or that they have a part to play in bringing it about.

Environmental experts are often dismayed at how little the average citizen understands about their work. It’s easy to find yourself falling into the “if only they knew” trap — “If only they knew they lived in a watershed,” “if only they knew the stormdrain went to the creek.” It is our natural tendency to produce commercials, web pages, brochures, and other materials that try to cram a whole of science into a tiny amount of attention. But the test panel reactions to these commercials underscore the shortcomings of these line of thinking. When it comes to raising environmental awareness, it turns out encouragement is even more important than education.

Eric Eckl is an expert on using marketing techniques to raise environmental awareness and encourage environmental action. He writes the water blog “Water Words That Work.”

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A Question for you about My Green Nappy and ‘Environmental Awareness – Encouragement vs Education’:

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My primary goal with My Green Nappy is encouragement. Encouraging every family down under to have ONE green nappy for their baby to wear. But also, education. My Green Nappy Guide is designed to gently educate and encourage, to inspire and provide helpful resources and ideas so you can ‘cherry pick’ those actions that suit you at the moment, all while introducing you to the many nappy suppliers in Australia and New Zealand.

I found this article this morning and decided straight away to publish it here. Thinking about this article and the resources here, I have a question for you; I can use your responses to shape this site into one that is even more encouraging of environmental awareness as it relates to green nappies, mums and bubs and this important stage in our lives. my question is:

How is the balance? When you look around My Green Nappy, is there a good balance between encouragement and education?”

– Charndra

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