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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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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.

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!

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 11, 2010

White Nappies: 3 Reasons Why White Nappies Can Be Your Smartest Cloth Nappy Choice. (+ 1 More for FUN)

White Nappies are the quintessential image that comes to mind when we think of nappies, cloth nappies, disposable nappies – any sort. They are everywhere.

Let us have a look at 3 reasons why a white nappy is still a must have in your cloth nappy stash:

1. Re White Nappies: One colour, a common colour = less cost.

Some colours of nappies are more popular than others, and sell out more quickly. Unlike red, orange, green or pink nappies, it is likely you will always find white nappies in stock at your favourite nappy shops and retailers. White is such a stock standard colour in nappy fabric (all types of materials) that you may well find they are cheaper.

2. Re White Nappies: Baby’s clothing often covers their clothing…

When you have good old white nappies worn under clothes you are not covering up the beautiful design, embellishment, embroidery that you took so long to choose! During winter for instance a cheaper white nappy will be simply under clothes. Pricier prints and more boutique fabrics will cost more; but you may ask yourself what is the point if it isn’t nappy and t-shirt weather!

3. Re White Nappies: Easy to Clean and Sun…

You can whiten and brighten your white nappies simply by hanging them in the sun. Pretty nappies won’t fade in the UV light; stains will magically disappear. Solar power is the friend of the white nappy and allows you to be most environmentally friendly in it’s care.

What’s the +1 About White Nappies?

Naturally unbleached or white nappies are often made of cotton, hemp or bamboo – natural nappies that can be hand dyed to give them new life, as a fun craft activity for you, or to cover stains when the sun will no longer get them out! There are special dyes that are environmentally responsible and do not run when put in the wash.

This photo shows what Emma of Brindabella Baby does with white nappies for fun!

Let’s look at some of the white nappies available in Australia and New Zealand:

Browse for more white nappies:

In My Nappy Style Windows…

In the Modern Cloth Mini Trend for Natural and Unbleached Organic Nappies…

At any of the other 330+ retailers of Modern and Traditional Cloth Nappies in Australia and New Zealand…

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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