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November 16, 2011

Organic Goodness… What are the Benefits of Organic or Unbleached Cloth Nappies?

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Organic Goodness: What are the Benefits of Organic or Unbleached Cloth Nappies?

Organic – this brings to mind the idea of less chemicals, a reduced ecological impact over regular farming and manufacturing processes, and thoughts about sensitive baby skin.

When looking around at the sort of reusable cloth nappies you want to buy for your baby, you’ll see a lot of shops will offer you information and products that are organic, unbleached or ‘natural’. What does this mean when it comes to non disposable nappies?

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Why do mums choose organic, unbleached or natural nappies?

Louise from Nip Naps:

People are much more aware now about environmental issues and doing things that damage the environment unnecessarily. Most people are more than happy to have unbleached nappies because it uses less chemicals during manufacture and doesn’t make any difference to how the nappy works. I think people are also less inclined to bleach unbleached nappies during washing because they are not trying to maintain the pristine white of when they were new. Organic Cotton is also a wonderful product – not only are there less chemicals used in it’s growing/manufacture, there are less chemical residues in the fibres that sit next to your baby’s skin.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Because a young infant’s skin is thinner than an adult, so any residues from manufacturing regular fabric may enter the baby’s system through their skin. Organic fabric are minimally processed so they have less chemical residues, are usually softer and more absorbent than their regularly processed counterparts.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

A lot of mums choose organic nappies just so they know there are no chemicals coming in contact with their babies skin, this is especially important for bubs with sensitive skin or eczema who may react to bleaches, dies or plastics in other nappies. Others like knowing that their nappies are more environmentally sensitive with no pesticides used in the production of the materials.

Tamara from Baby Mumma:

Some babies can have sensitivities to the man made fibres. Some people just prefer to be organic. For different reasons people prefer difference fabrics. For me it was a matter of testing out the different fabrics on the market to see what worked best for me and my children.

Misty from Fluffybuns:

I know that I would rather have only ‘natural’ fibres close to my bubba’s bum. Most mcn’s are made with bamboo which doesn’t use much water to grow, although the microfibre alternative dries in no time and is comfy on bubba’s bum, and they are just as safe.

Laura from the Cloth Nappy Co:

Your precious baby has delicate skin and that skin deserves the best! Organic nappies ensure that your baby is not affected by harsh chemicals and they reduce the risk of nappy rash and eczema. When you know that no regular disposable nappy ever made has broken down, you realise what a terrible impact they are to our planet. In this day and age of information and technology, we are well-informed enough to know what is happening in the world and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. We have a responsibility to our earth to protect it and to do our part to preserve it for our children and our children’s children.

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If you’ve chosen them, tell us why?

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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 5, 2010

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Over two years of use, they will prevent 6864 nappies going to landfill. That’s approximately 343 bags of 20 nappies.


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May 10, 2010

Natural Nappies: 3 things you must know about choosing Organic, Sustainable and Unbleached nappies for your baby.

All modern cloth nappies are the more natural nappy alternative, however, you can choose to favour organic nappies, nappies with more sustainable fibres such as hemp and bamboo, and unbleached nappies for your baby.

This article is about your choices in natural fibre materials, organic and unbleached fabrics being used in modern cloth nappies.

Unbleached fibres – Unbleached Cotton, Unbleached Hemp, Unbleached Bamboo – these are choices you can favour if you are keen to support retailers who support a reduction in the use of bleaches in preparing fabrics, as this is not good environmentally.

Let’s look at 3 key terms you should know before buying natural or organic nappies in Australia and New Zealand:

1. Bamboo – Organic Bamboo – Bamboo Blends

Giant Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast growing crop. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on our planet; it has been measured as growing as much as 121 cm in one day. It is a ‘thirsty’ fabric, which makes it ideal for nappies! With bamboo material, you can find the most amazing softness – bamboo velour is something that, once you touch it, you will be in love!
Bamboo fabrics can be combined with other fibres for various reasons, and you can find organic bamboo – this isn’t the most environmentally sustainable option, but in terms of reducing your baby’s exposure to potential chemicals, it is clearly the way to go.

Wiki: There are two methods by which bamboo may be processed into fiber for fabric, both developed in China. The first is a mechanical process similar to that used to process flax or hemp; the stalks are crushed and natural enzymes break them down further, allowing fibers to be combed out.

[My note: This is the method you want to support in your choice of nappy fabric. The other is called Bamboo Rayon, and is a process harmful to the environment.]

Bamboo fabric is known for its softness and boasts strong absorbency and anti-microbial properties, though the chemical process in bamboo rayon destroys any anti-microbial quality.

2. Hemp – Organic Hemp – Hemp Blends

Hemp stem showing fibres

Hemp is a robust, sustainable and adaptable crop with a long history as an effective fibre. Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plants known, with a history stretching back 10 thousand years. It is a very fast growing crop and it is very environmentally friendly as it requires few pesticides and no herbicides. Industrial hemp does not contain enough of the chemical found in the lesser variety to cause any psycho active effects from the cannabis plant, which has weak fibres unsuitable for cultivation as a useful industrial crop.

In the image there you can see the ‘bast’ fibres, which are used in 100% hemp products. Hemp is a thirsty fibre. It lasts longer than bamboo. It is a very versatile fabric – you’ll find it in nappies, breastpads, cloth pads, to baskets, bags, clothing and of course reusable wipes. Hemp fibre is notable for its strength and durability, for its resistance to ultraviolet light and mold, good absorbency and comfort as a fabric.

Wiki: The fibre is one of the most valuable parts of the hemp plant. It is commonly called bast, which refers to the fibres that grow on the outside of the woody interior of the plant’s stalk, and under the outer most part (the bark). Bast fibres give the plants strength. Hemp fibres can be between approximately 0.91 m (3 ft) and 4.6 m (15 ft) long, running the length of the plant. Depending on the processing used to remove the fibre from the stem, the hemp may naturally be creamy white, brown, gray, black or green.

3. Organic Cotton

Using organic cotton nappies is preferable to regular cotton, which is a dreadful consumer of resources and even worse, the chemicals needed to mature the crop are quite shocking!

With these three ideas you’ll find it easier to navigate your options in natural, organic and unbleached nappies. Do you have a ‘natural’ nappy in your stash? What if you have a look at the options via My Nappy Style Window for Organic and Natural Nappies and resolve that your next nappy you buy will favour a more natural and sustainable fibre, be an unbleached nappy or be an organic nappy. Having a few key ideas means you can make a more educated decision, as well as read through the manufacturers detailed information more easily.

Of course, you’ll want to know that your chosen nappies are made of organic materials. Certification is a very costly process. What some commercial cloth nappy manufacturers do is make spot checks on various nappies – having them tested as being the correct fabric and organic. Retailers who make their own check for organically certified suppliers.

As a consumer you can look for information on the site about organic and unbleached fabrics, so you know that they are informed and you can always ask questions about how their fabrics are sourced, checked and for care instructions to keep your natural or organic nappies in their best condition for as long as possible.

You’ll know you are giving your baby a more sustainable future by using washable, reusable modern cloth nappies. Every baby should have at least one ‘green’ nappy in their wardrobe – and you can find it by exploring the resources here at My Green Nappy.org

Visit the Modern Cloth Mini Trend featuring Organic and Natural Nappies

A question for you about your cloth nappy stash:

Tell us about a natural, unbleached or organic nappy in your stash – where did you buy it, and how is it to use – practically as well as in terms of your eco-karma?

April 1, 2010

Modern Cloth Mini Trends: Organic and Natural Nappies

All modern cloth nappies are the more ‘natural’ nappy alternative, however, you can choose to favour organic cotton nappies, nappies with more sustainable fibres such as hemp and bamboo, and unbleached nappies for your baby.

Organic materials- (Organic Hemp, Organic Cotton, Organic bamboo) – favour these choices as the best environmental choices in terms of sustainability. Unbleached fabrics– (Unbleached Cotton, Unbleached Hemp, Unbleached Bamboo) – these are choices you can favour if you are keen to support retailers who support a reduction in the use of bleaches in preparing fabrics, as this is not good environmentally. Plus, mums with babies who have sensitive skin (remembering that a baby’s skin is half the thickness of ours and they spent most of their day in a nappy) find these natural nappies are more beneficial for their baby, minimizing irritation,  rashes, crying.

Organic fibres are grown with consideration for the soil – avoiding articficial fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals that impact on the longer term sustainability of the land for short term profits. In time, the soil is made barren, and even more chemicals are needed as the ecological balance is lost. With organic fabrics, you will pay more, but can be reassured that they are more ecologically sustainable into the future. Less synthetic chemicals and fibres is always going to be more beneficial. Hybrid fibres, or blended fibre organic nappies are also a more environmentally aware choice too. Do what you can!

Aim for one organic or unbleached nappy in your stash to support and educate about these issues.

Let’s see some of the organic or unbleached nappies available in Australia and New Zealand:

Modern Cloth Mini Trends– MODERN CLOTH MINI TRENDS –
What’s popular, fashionable and trending in the world of modern cloth? Modern Cloth Mini Trends regularly explores a different area. You’ll see One-Of-A-Kind (IOAK) ‘Show off’ nappies, workhorse and stash filler nappies. Plus you’ll see other types of modern cloth – for a visual overview of Aussie and Kiwi WAHM’s.
See More Modern Cloth Mini Trends…

Recommended Resources for Modern Cloth Nappies:

  1. Modern Cloth Nappy Shops in Australia
  2. Modern Cloth Nappy Shops in New Zealand
  3. Nappy Expert Articles

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