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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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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.
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Recommended Resources for Modern Cloth Nappies:

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  3. Nappy Expert Articles

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