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.
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  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?

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February 21, 2011

No More Blowouts for Your Baby Budget!

Do disposable nappies cause a ‘blow-out’ of your weekly baby budget?

Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Disposable nappies are bought, used ONCE, then thrown in the bin. Then the next one is bought, used once, tossed in the bin, then the next… Each week the costs mount up, and then each new baby, the costs double, and with inflation, more than double. Modern nappies are bought ONCE, then used over and over again. They are tossed in the washing machine, which does all the cleaning for you! With each new baby, you can re-use many of your washable nappies, and get to buy new pretty things for expanding your stash too, as some ‘upgrading’ may be necessary (or wished for), depending on how many you have active in your day to day nappy stash. For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about blow-outs: Nappy blow-outs and budget blow-outs.

Let’s see what they have to say: Why do modern cloth nappies mean no more budget blow-outs?

Mel of Little Para Pants:

I’ve heard the figure of $1000 per year for disposable nappies.  I know I don’t have that kind of money to just throw in a landfill.  If you can afford $25-30 every fortnight of your first pregnancy, you can have a really good stash by the time your baby’s born, and those nappies should last through two or more children.  That’s roughly $600 for around 20 nappies – even more if you buy a pack of flat terries one fortnight.  So $1000 a year for an average of 3 years, for an average of 2 kids, is $6000.  That’s ten times what you could spend on cloth nappies for both kids, and they might even last long enough for a third!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Budget wise – you don’t have to keep buying nappies especially if you go for one size.

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

2c to 8c per nappy change as opposed to 33c to 68c …. I’d say it’s pretty obvious! The figures speak for themselves.<

Annette of Iish Fly:

Well if you can contain yourself, Modern Cloth Nappies can save lots of $$.  I spent a total of around $300 on Ella for materials to make her MCN’s.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because you can always buy them when they are on special. (Bulk Packs at Issy Bear Nappies)

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

No more blow-outs in budgets – I love that about cloth nappies! Not only do I not have to cringe at the thousands of dollars it might cost for disposables, but you can sell your used Modern Cloth Nappies and even get something back!

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I know how much I have spent on nappies and don’t have to worry about finding $30 in the tough times when the nappy box is running low, I always have them on hand.
Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:
As for budget blowouts, it does cost a bit to buy the nappies to begin with, but imagine how much you would spend buying all of your disposable nappies up front. A lot more! A little spent at the start means fantastic savings in the long run. Plus, immediate relief on the grocery bill!
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Cloth nappies are cost effective. Even considering the cost of water and energy (washing and drying), it still ends up cheaper in the long run.
Sasha of Green Kids:
I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to add expensive nappies to my trolley every week! I used to smile as I walked past the nappy section each week, knowing that I had an extra $30 or $40 to spend on other more fun things!
– 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 Modern Nappies here at My Green Nappy:
  1. Modern Cloth Mini Trends
  2. My Nappy Style Windows
  3. The 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative

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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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January 26, 2010

How Does My Green Nappy Help the Environment?

Our Green Promise is the little things we are doing that are environmentally friendly.

My Green Nappy is an “Active Green” concept.

When used by you each day, modern cloth nappies are a solution to baby hygiene that is actively reducing your CO2 footprint.

The more the nappies are used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint you’ll actively save.

The many types of reusable cloth products are inherently helping your household save on your daily footprint.

Washable Nappies. Better than Throwaways.

Because My Green Nappy is used in your own home, a reusable nappy system makes store-bought disposable nappies obsolete to you.

That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste and less transport of waste nappies.

What if you consider having a green nappy – even just one – as a facet of Green Living – Being mindful and working towards increased responsibility for your part as a caretaker or steward on our planet.

With over 300 thousand babies born downunder each year, if each of those babies has just ONE Green Nappy to wear, think of the multitude of disposable nappies being diverted from landfill and saving their parents money each time it is used, and helping them to feel more and more comfortable using the modern, well designed and fashionable, washable cloth nappies.

Reusable Nappies. Better than Disposables.

When you have disposable needs, the more earth friendly ‘eco’ disposable nappies are a responsible choice, made more economical due to the savings you make from using modern cloth!

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.

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