I don’t normally post non-design related articles on my blog but I’ve decided this one is of real importance to me.
Before having my little one I decided to give cloth nappies a go. I was skeptical and considered those that did it to be ‘hippies’ or had the luxury to do it. Boy was I wrong.
After having gone to a Nappy Lady seminar I was somewhat convinced that it wasn’t as bad as the good ‘ol days of folding cloth and using safety pins to get the origami piece into place. Today my child is approaching 1 year old and we are still using cloth nappies to not only save extra waste the goes to landfills but also our monthly budget.
For those who say they don’t have the time, I can honestly say it requires basically little to no time at all. If you can put on a wash a day which you do anyway with the amount of clothes kids go through at daycare per week then it makes no difference. The nappies dry overnight, inside I might add and it’s made a huge impact on the amount of rubbish and money that goes out each week.
I would encourage any parent who wants to give a go to try it, even for a week. Nappies today are NOT the complicated cloth types our mothers and grandmothers used. There have been HUGE advancements in the design of a cloth nappy that make our lives that much easier.
Not only it is better for the environment (we went from 2 bags of rubbish a week to under 1) it’s also great for your pocket. We saved so much money. Nappies these days usually cost around $60 (the decent ones anyway) a month at least ! I felt really good about doing my bit for the environment and also saving myself money for food or clothing.
If you’d like to know more feel free to contact me or check out the Nappy Lady website.
A few facts about cloth nappies:
Did you know:
• A baby is changed around 6000 times in 2.5 years
• There are 145,000 babies in NZ in nappies under 2.5 years
• The average used disposable weighs in at 200g
• Some council figures indicate disposables make up 11% – 14% of the domestic waste stream
• Cloth Nappies do not require, folding, soaking or pins
• Cloth nappies are 40% better for the environment than disposables
• Cloth nappies provide a zero waste alternative to disposables
• Disposable nappies should have any solids removed before disposing in the general waste
• There are 25% more parents using cloth nappies now than there were 5 years ago
• A family can save $4000 per child by using cloth nappies
• Parents have control of the environmental impact of cloth nappies
• If every baby had just one cloth nappy change per day, this would prevent 1 Million disposables from going to land fill every week in New Zealands