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

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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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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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!

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.
Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

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 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!)

This giveaway has been drawn, stand by for an announcement of the winner shortly!

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:

    • Would you like to add a photo to this gallery? Email me a photo of your baby in a cloth nappy with your first name and the name of your baby.

    My Green Nappy: Start with One!

    February 1, 2010

    My Green Nappy: Do YOU have one?

    -My Green Nappy –

    My Green Nappy’s mission is to see that every baby ‘down under’ has that one green nappy to wear.

    Sustainable Hemp Products

    Nappy Competition WINNER ANNOUNCED! Giveaway Nappy was donated by Michelle of Sustainable Hemp Products.

    The simple environmental initiative is based on the collective impact of each family doing ONE thing; having a lovely time lookng around My Green Nappy, discovering all the lovely WAHM’s out there who can help you with your cloth nappy needs, introducing you to new ideas or recapping old information in a new way  – all to help you find the perfect ‘green nappy’ for your baby to wear.

    That simple committment means one less disposable each time it is worn by your baby. Your baby then becomes an ambassador for ‘nappy change’, helping spread the ‘modern cloth’ nappy love and shrinking the eco footprint of baby after baby – just that little bit!

    Our mission is to strive towards every baby having at least one ‘green’ nappy to wear, keeping a throwaway disposable out of the environment each time it is worn.

    With over 300 thousand babies born down under each year, that one green nappy will make a difference!

    Our Comment Question is:

    Do YOU have a green nappy? (Has My Green Nappy inspired you to get your first one?)

    Read through the responses left by other mums to get a feel for how they are getting started, the brands and types they started with.

    Leave a comment in the comment box below.

    January 1, 2010

    Modern Cloth Mini Trends: Green Nappies

    What’s popular and trendy at the moment in the world of modern cloth nappies that sport the colour green?

    For this, our first ever Modern Cloth Mini-Trend we’ve asked our Nappy Experts which green nappy they like, so you can check out a few of the popular colours and colourways available.

    Mint, Pistachio, Lime, Verde, Olive, Camouflage, Spring, Moss, Myrtle, Emerald, Celadon, Asparagus, Jade and Teal.

    These are just some of the names describing the colour green. Each evokes a different image.

    Green is associated with nature, being the colour of plants, so it represents life, health, growth, fertility, regeneration, rebirth and renewal, and health.

    Let’s see what they have to show us in green modern cloth nappies:

    Green represents the environment, so a green nappy is also a symbol of eco-consciousness when choosing a nappy.

    Fortunately it is also a unisex colour, so it is perfect that all our 100 Green Promise Nappies will be green!

    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…

    Check out the gallery of Green Promise Nappies and you can WIN a green nappy just by being a member and entering this modern cloth nappy initiative.

    What do Your Nappy Experts have to say? “Out Damn Spot!” Eco-Friendly ways to keep your cloth nappies stain and spot free…

    September 19, 2009

    Insider Information…How Many Nappies and What Styles are in Your Current Modern Cloth Nappy Stash?

    What modern nappies have you collected for your baby to wear?

    The majority of mums gather a mixed collection of modern nappies as they experiment, switch and swap to find the stash recipe or arrangement that suits their lifestyle, budget and baby.

    What does a Mum who makes or sells cloth nappies use herself? Have you ever wondered what the experts use? Do they only use their own nappies or do they mix and match like you? How many do they have?

    For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about their personal collection of modern cloth nappies, how many, styles, brands, whatever they wanted to share.

    I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in your advice for today. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Mel from Little Para PantsLouise from Scamps BoutiqueEva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth KidzKyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear Nappies, Cindy from Ticklefish TotsAshley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLaTracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby ChilliChris froBaby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy DaysAlisha from Baby SafariMichelle from Sustainable Hemp Products and Karen from Baby Blossom.

    Let’s see what they have to say:

    “How many nappies and what styles are in your current (or last) modern cloth nappy stash?”

    Emma of Brindabella Baby:

    My stash is not typical – I have the urge to try out every new brand I see on the Australian market (I call it “product testing” for my shop). So I’ve had over 35 different brands in my stash. At least count (over a year ago), I had over 70 modern cloth nappies, a dozen covers, and 60 terry squares. But keep in mind that I’ve had two in cloth at the same time twice over (three babies very close together in age), and most of my stash was bought for the first baby when nappies came in sizes so only half my stash fits the baby at any given time.

    Mel of Little Para Pants:

    I’ve bought some secondhand Baby Beehinds, several pockets & fitteds I made myself, and a few secondhand pockets that I made useable again (elastic was shot and they had no boosters – easy fix!)

    Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

    I have at least 30 nappies between my two girls, though my eldest is in cloth just at nights. I have Nudey!Rudey!, Boon, Fancy Pantz, Karma kidz, Bummis covers just to name a few
    Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
    Lots of Pop-Ins and Haute Pockets, a few Cushie Tushie Coutures and some Starbunz.
    Inge of Earth Kidz:

    A mix of bamboo and organic all in ones, and fitted ones for the night.

    Kyra of Bubbalooba:

    We have a small-ish stash of Modern Cloth Nappies at the moment, we only have about 10, and many of these are my trial nappies! Amir has some giraffe prints, cheetah minkees, and other various prints…I got my partner to choose some prints to try and get him more excited about using cloth. I end up using terry towelling squares every second day.

    Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

    I’d say I have about 80 nappies, I use terry squares for the first 2 months with Imse Vimse organic covers then I use a mixture of contours and all in ones with a few one size pockets thrown in as trials. Brands include bumkins, Bum Genius’, itti bitti, imse vimse, kushies, drybees, baby beehinds, cushies tushies, blueberry, swaddlebees, natures child, rocky mountain, haute – the list goes on…

    Annette of Iish Fly:

    My last stash (I still have many) Many many Iish Fly medium cord collections in every colour and design. 2 itti bitti’s 2 Honey Boys several Wigglebumz, several Wild Childs and probably a few more that I have forgotton after 12 months.

    Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

    I have about 40! Lots of Minky nappies and quite a few Polyester PUL (night nappy material) – too cute!

    Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

    Surprisingly, my stash is quite small, considering I make MCN’c and have 2 in nappies! I’d say, off the top of my head, about 2 dozen …… alot of my own label (Ticklefish Tots) pockets, AI2’s and nights; itti bitti’s (AIO and SIO), Happy Heiny (pocket), Haute (pocket), BumGenius (pocket), Swaddlebees (pocket), Panda Baby nights, Nappylicious (AI2) plus alot of terry flats (they come in handy for stuffing pockets!!), and a couple of woolly pants that I knitted.

    Carli from MiniLaLa:

    I just sold off about 40-50, so my stash is now halved! I did have 2 babies in nappies for a while, so that’s my excuse, but I would easily have 40 or 50 left – and I’m still taking my own stock.

    Tracey from Flattery:

    I have around 50 nappies made up completely of WAHM made cloth nappies – i have mainly AI2, but also some fitteds.

    Bec from Baby Chilli:

    I would say around 40 nappies.
    Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
    We did have around 35 for 2 kiddies – now that my daughter is toilet-trained it’s more like 25.
    As I am a nappy-maker my poor son’s stash is extremely dismal – mainly made up of a few very ill-fitting nappies (my first ever cloth nappy purchases before I became aware of the WAHM nappy industry) and the rest are old prototypes of my own Modern Cloth Nappy brand.  I have recently had a bit of down time so have finally set about prettying up his stash!
    Kate from Nappy Days:
    12 all together – 2 Mother Ease, 7 Flexitots, 1 Bamboozle, 2 Easyfit Bamboo.
    Alisha of Baby Safari:
    I am not sure how many I have at the moment. Maybe about 60 all up between the two children. I don’t use all of them regularly though, the pretty ones are kept for when they will be seen!
    None as my baby is now 9 years old!
    Karen from Baby Blossom:
    Nappies nappies nappies, I love to use side snap nappies on my 18 month old. So our stash is made up of Blueberry Side Snap Pockets, Swaddlebees all in ones , Genesa Forge , and of course Itti Bitti AIO’s . We do have a few others floating around in there but these are the first ones I grab.

    3 Recommended Resources for Expanding, Reducing or Revelling in Your Stash:

    1. Expand your stash as you discover the range of modern cloth nappy shops down under by taking the My Green Nappy Guide Tour of modern nappies and how to ‘green’ them…
    2. Reduce Your Stash by Selling, Donating or Trading Modern Cloth Nappies
    3. Discuss ‘Stash Nirvana’ on Cloth Nappy Forums
    – 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…

    A question to you about your own stash of modern nappies:

    Time to fess up! Tell us what’s in YOUR stash, whether it is brand new, or going strong over three children!

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