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

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

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January 10, 2011

Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies? Here Are 3 Tips to Save Money and Our Earth

Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies? Here Are 3 Tips to Save Money and Our Earth

Yes, you can make a difference with your baby when it comes to green living.

With one “green” nappy at a time, you are saving on the use of one disposable, and even more importantly, you are encouraging your neighbours to follow your leading example.

In a moment I will show you 3 ways of finding modern cloth nappies that will save you money, in case you are concerned about the initial outlay. (+1 bonus idea…) In fact, I can reassure you right now that there is no need to buy a full time stash until you have decided on the cloth nappy styles and brands that best suit your baby, lifestyle and budget.

What if you have 3 children? That is conservatively 18 thousand disposable nappies. You can reduce that number by using some environmentally disposable nappies that you can compost, worm farm or flush. You can use biodegradable nappy liners and nappy bags.

Let us consider 3 ways to find cheap modern cloth nappies in a nice, budget friendly way:

1. Use social networking sites to find great specials on your favourite reusable modern nappy brands.

Yes, many Australian and New Zealand nappy shops have ‘fan’ pages. So, show your support for any of the over 300 small Aussie or kiwi cloth nappy businesses and keep your eye out for giveaways, super specials, be privy to exclusive offers and learn about fun contests.

2. Check out the flourishing market in pre-loved washable nappies.

Buying secondhand cloth nappies is an excellent way to test drive new brands for less. When buying online, check the sites guidelines for safe purchasing. It is pretty easy though. Some are auctions, others are shopping cart based like any regular online shop. They are used nappies, so first be aware of what the nappy costs new. Best of all, that nappy can be sold again. A reusable nappy is a nappy which circulates, of course! Where to buy secondhand cloth nappies

3. Join announcement, mailing or newsletter lists for members-only specials.

Simply, most sites have a list of their customers and interested visitors who they contact periodically (usually monthly) with tips, specials, contests and news about their product range. They may be a ‘club’ with member only perks. Join the list of those shops offering your favourite nappy brands. Some offer repeat purchase discounts too, or a permanent discount for members. You can save a lot with this tip.

What is the +1? WIN a modern cloth nappy for your baby!

Perhaps the best type of cloth nappy is the one you WIN in a contest, simply by participating and having some fun! With one washable nappy in your baby’s wardrobe, you will know you are always doing your bit for our planet, as each time your baby sports even one cloth nappy on their bottom, you are saving the cost of that single use disposable nappy, deferring that cost for another time.

Here is your budget and eco challenge:

What if you acted on one of these 4 ideas, and bought your first or next modern cloth nappy only for less than the usual full price? You will benefit from these simple strategies for finding modern cloth nappies on a budget, reducing your expenses as well as the environmental footprint of your family.

You are doing your part!

Sharing information about what you can do to help with pollution control and be working together with your baby, your family and others with small children is a wonderfully responsible way to be doing your part in protecting the environment for future generations as well as saving you money.

Having a hybrid stash of a range of nappy types is a very responsible action you can take to reduce pollution and encourage other families to do their part as well in protecting our planet.

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: Environmentally Friendly Living With a Baby in Nappies? Here Are 3 Tips to Save Money and Our Earth

See more of my articles there…

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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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June 24, 2010

Meet Our Guest: Baby Safari

Let’s meet Alisha, the proud owner of Baby Safari:

Howdy!

My name is Alisha, I am a SAHM to two little ones – Joshua who is 3 and Olivia who is 10 months old. I am also ‘mum’ to a couple of ponies, a horse, a cat and a dog. Our family lives just north of Melbourne in Victoria.

About Baby Safari…

Baby Safari was started two and a half years ago when I discovered the wonders of MCN and decided I needed to help spread the word! When I decided to use cloth I expected that it would be terry squares and covers, how wrong was I. Modern cloth is just so easy and cute!

My incredibly supportive family have been behind me all the way and that enabled me to release our own line of economical nappies as well as retail some of my other favourite brands. I can only sew in a straight line so our production is outsourced but we have done our best to ensure our nappies are made ethically.

Our Planet Matters!

I have a lot of concerns but I will just pick one in an effort to keep it brief!! Water is a big concern of mine. I am scared that running out of clean drinking water could one day become a very real possibility. I feel it is another resource that is poorly managed by the ‘powers that be’ and I get upset at people who put bores in and then water their gardens relentlessly under the misguided belief that the water underground will never run dry. The drinking quality water should be retained for washing, drinking and for livestock to drink. I’d love to see recycled water brought in to the cities for toilets and laundries.

When you visit Baby Safari, make sure you have a look at…

1. Our Stuff n Snaps!

2. Choc Bubble Mint soap – exclusive to our store!

3. Cheeki Stainless Steel Water bottles – No BPA or other nasty toxins!

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Fresh Cut Soap Co –  I adore this site, everything looks good enough to eat!

2. Facebook – I am hopelessly addicted… it is also great for keeping track of your favourite sites and when they are having sales!

3. NattyJane Designs – now does all my design work! I love that I am supporting another WAHM who happens to be incredibly talented with design!

Meet Our Guests...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…

Let’s talk more!

Now that winter is almost here, what is your favourite fast drying nappy?

– Alisha

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 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
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
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.
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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?

March 27, 2010

Our Planet Matters: Eco Ideas Net

A Greener future starts with you!

That’s the line that greets you on visiting Eco Ideas. net, an environmental site launched in November 2009:

Welcome to ecoideasnet, the new environmental website with fresh stories and simple ideas for your green lifestyle. Our blog will keep bringing you the latest eco-ideas and happenings from around the globe. And the eco+you section lets you see how your actions make a real difference right now. Join us at ecoideasnet and show the world that you care about our precious environment.

The core areas of the Eco Ideas Network...

Like My Green Nappy, the Eco Ideas Network  is based on the premise that every little effort contributes to making a big difference.

Suggestions for what you could do in a range of areas.

This is a social networking site, in which you can record your actions when visiting, comment on what other people are doing and suggesting, and vote for their ideas too. What you can do that is different is find eco friendly activities that suit your lifestyle in a range of areas. Energy, CO2 reduction, water, waste and community are the areas highlighted. You get ranked in relation to all the other members on the site!

'My Actions' - a personal area of what I'm doing

When you join this network, you create a little profile about yourself, and then select an area, look through the suggestions and select what you are doing or can do, adding it to your total. Above is my first go – I considered that My Green Nappy was my ‘Come up with an eco idea’ and of course all my sites mean I thing and learn about the environment and the planet everyday, and share it with my friends!

I had a look at the Water one first – and the first suggestion is to take shorter showers!  This is a good one for me, as I usually shower with one or two children, and although group showers are a good thing, far too much playing goes on, and showers have been known to drift on… not good! A member of our family, Anita, gave us a spare shower timer – an egg timer set to four minutes, and we have that on the door now, it is great being able to use that to get a better feel for what a four minute shower feels like.

I guess that once really really strict water restrictions kick in – or the price rises so high – we’ll all be learning about ‘Navy Showers’ – where the idea is that you have a quick rinse, turn off the water, lather up, then turn it on again to rinse off. You’d certainly want to have continuous flow hot water though – I was horrified when we were living in a rental place in Canberra and had a water system that meant all this cold water pouring down the drain before it would heat up enough to get in! Sure, you can put a bucket under it, but it is still a waste, really.

So, if you would like to see how much you already do and find some new ideas, pop over and join in. It was easy as pie.

Visit Eco Ideas.net…

Creator of My Green Nappy

A question for you about water:

Are you good at saving water? What strategy is the one you always practice, and how do you remember to do it?

March 1, 2010

That’s My Green Nappy!

'Lime Spider', a nappy hand made by Tamara of Jax Naps

How did you get started with modern cloth nappies?

With which nappy brand did you ease into green?

Describe your first modern cloth nappy.

It is interesting to discover the many ways mums find out about modern cloth nappies – through friends, by happy accident, by researching alternatives online when their baby gets a rash in disposables, though sewing circles, mothers groups and online forums… It helps mums considering making the switch to read about your journey into cloth! (and everyone else too!)

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Our Comment Question is:

Describe your first modern cloth nappy…

Read through the responses left by other mums to see what cloth nappy they started with. Leave a comment in the comment box below.

What if you tell us:

  • What brand and style of nappy it was and the Cloth Nappy Shop you got it from…
  • Here are your babies in green nappies:

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    My Green Nappy: Start with One!

    January 12, 2010

    Who Benefits From My Green Nappy?

    Filed under: News — Tags: , — charndra @ 7:00 am

    Giving back to the Earth:

    Who Benefits From My Green Nappy?

    The Environment. Your Baby. You. Other Families!

    By helping share ideas to tweak the care of our babies to greener alternatives, only good things can flow…

    At My Green Nappy we wish to give back to the Earth.

    By starting small. Always start small, and then grow.

    The Earth will survive our various excesses, but will we? The ever-mounting pollution, shrinking resources that are non-renewable and sheer waste we each contribute can be modified. Start small and see where it leads us.

    Being mindful is a place to begin. Having that one green nappy will help you to be mindful of the Earth – as you’ll be reminded about it every time you use it, you’ll think:

    “Yes! Another disposable kept out of the bin!”

    After all, there is no such thing as a bin – there is only our planet, our environment, and our waste has to go somewhere if we don’t minimise it ourselves by composting or reusing or recycling…

    We encourage our visitors to give back to the Earth by starting with just ONE washable, reusable cloth nappy. And using it. That one green nappy continues to reduce its carbon impact.

    We encourage our visitors to consider the longer view of owning a ‘Green Nappy’ – by using it on more than one baby, by on-selling it, donating it, or simply passing it on to a new Mum.

    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. Join Today!

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