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:

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:

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

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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

April 14, 2010

Australian Cloth Nappies: There are 285 Shops Selling Modern Nappies in Australia!

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Cloth Nappies in Australia.

With 285 shops offering Cloth Nappies in Australian stores, you have plenty of choice.

All you need is time to browse around and select the right cloth nappy style for your needs. Simple? Maybe. Have fun, though. This is retail therapy that benefits your baby, your budget, your shopping gene and the environment. You are doing a responsible thing on many counts, he he he…

How do you decide? There is no holy grail of the perfect nappy, you WILL need to experiment – once you accept that you can embrace the FUN of exploring nappy styles, fabrics and brands until you find your personal stash nirvana!

Here are a few ways to choose the best cloth nappies in Australia:

1. Australian Cloth Nappies – Choosing the Best Cloth Nappies By Looks

Start by browsing through the Modern Cloth Mini Trends. Each month a new one will appear, and any cloth nappy shop is able to contribute a photo of their nappies that suit each month’s theme. Women in particular are experts at assessing products by site. We all have our visual preferences and tactile preferences too. Why not begin your stash simply by looks?

2. Australian Cloth Nappies – Choosing the Best Cloth Nappies By Cost

What’s your budget? Your baby will wear a modern, reusable nappy many, many times. The investment is piddly (pardon the pun!) when compared with buying other sorts of outfits that are soon too small to use. A washable nappy, when the cost is compared to the number of wears, soon is of economic benefit to your budget, even though it needs to be washed – after all, it is just another piece of clothing really, and you will be washing plenty of baby clothes over and over and over , as they are christened with spit ups, spews, possits, blurps, sauce, pasta, peaches, strawberry mush – basically look inside your fridge and pantry – every food that your child eats you will need to wash from it’s clothes one day. The nappy just represents the other end of the digestive processing of these ingredients, LOL. Setting a budget, then exploring the nappies in that range is a simple strategy. Prefolds and Nappy covers are very economical, and making cloth nappies is even more budget friendly!

3. Australian Cloth Nappies – Choosing the Best Cloth Nappies By Style

If you are familiar with the main cloth nappy styles, why not browse from My Nappy Style Windows to go straight to a shop that offers that style of nappy, whether it is a pocket nappy, an all in one, an all in two or a prefold with a cover. By the time you have a look at a range of shops offering the style of cloth nappy you are considering, you will have a pretty good bead on what the offerings are at the moment. Keep your eye out for special offers like a discount for joining a newsletter list or club, or fan page specials.

4. Australian Cloth Nappies – Choosing the Best Cloth Nappies By Lifestyle Needs

Does dad or grandma do a portion of nappy changing? Then an All in One style may be preferable when you first introduce cloth nappies, to show them how easy they are! A hybrid stash of a range of nappy styles enables you to combine all the best features of the nappies with the other needs of your family. Pockets are great for flexibility – tailoring a nappy to the varying needs of your baby through the day, the seasons and overnight.

5. Australian Cloth Nappies – Choosing the Best Cloth Nappies By Random Browsing!

My Green Nappy currently has 285 retailers of cloth nappies in Australia on this extensive list: Australian Cloth Nappies. Scroll down to the letter your name starts with, and explore those shops. Next, go to the letter your family name starts with, and explore the nappies there.

Remember, the most important thing to know is that there is no ‘Holy Grail’ of the perfect nappy.

You WILL need to experiment – once you accept that you can embrace the FUN of exploring nappy styles, fabrics and brands until you find your personal stash nirvana! THAT will introduce you to the perfect nappy for your needs – and it will be different to that of other mums with differently shaped and sized and aged babies, different budgets and different budgets.

Have fun, and know that you can re sell your used nappies second hand in the future!

P.S There are now 287 on my Aussie List. Adding the New Zealand list, this makes a total of 344 nappy selling shops down under!

A few questions to you about Australian Cloth Nappies:

Whose nappies do you like?

Which is a retailer that appeals that has been introduced to you on your visits to My Green Nappy?

Who has a great name for their shop or brand?

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