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Reusable Nappy Week

By emd 7 March 2007 32

Reusable Nappy Weekâ„¢ is an Australian event designed to increase awareness of reusable nappy options for our modern times. This is the second annual week long celebration of Reusable Nappies, held in conjunction with International Real Nappy Week.

Displays will be set up in cities all over Australia, with Gatherings planned throughout the week
to give you the chance to see a large selection of modern variations on reusable nappy options, and talk to parents who use cloth.

Click here for Canberra events and contacts:
Nappy Display and Q&A – Canberra Hospital, Main Foyer, Yamba Drive, Garran. Wed Mar 21st 11am til 3pm

Nappy Display and Info session – Campbell Cottage Child Care Centre, 8 Savige St, Campbell. Thur Mar 22nd 5:30pm til 6:30pm

Nappy Display and Sewing Demo – The Lifestyle Centre, Hyperdome House and Home, Athllon Drive, Tuggeranong. Sat Mar 24th 10am til 2pm. Outside The Patchwork Shop and next to The Good Guys. Will include the construction/sewing of a hemp nappy.

And for those concerned about washing nappies during a drought, consider this: a plastic nappy uses lots of water in being made, gets thrown away after one use, and spends 1000 years in landfill before it breaks down. A cloth nappy can be made from environmentally sustainable crops like hemp or bamboo or even soy, can be used many of thousands of times, breaks down in compost (if made from natural materials), and can be washed without the need to soak in a bucket overnight.

They even look cuter than disposables! I have nappies in every colour and print imaginable, with butterfly wings on the back, embroidered, denim, tie-dyed, knitted… And some of them are more absorbent than the most expensive disposable nappy brand.

Don’t believe me? Come to an information session and find out for yourself!

Update: Another demo has been added to the list – at Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Level 2, North Building (above Canberra Museum and Gallery) on Friday 23 March 11am til 2pm.

Also, there will be a lucky door prize at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre display and Q&A, and at the Campbell Cottage childcare centre event.

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Senator Gaz 12:28 pm 27 Jun 07

seepi 1:21 pm 10 Mar 07

babies don’t produce colonies of small square jelly chrystals when they are in cloth nappies…

Ingeegoodbee 12:59 pm 10 Mar 07

“…have you noticed that sometimes little gel crystals escape from the disposable nappy and are stuck to baby’s bottom? I don’t want anything that chemical in nature that close to my kids genitals.”

emd – those crystals don’t escape from the nappy, they’re actually components of the urine from your baby that haven’t bonded to the long-chain polymer in the nappy. The polymers are only traping water molecules, so the other components like urea, amonia etc. get left behind

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:00 am 10 Mar 07

WMD – 208kg for 6 disposables ?

Probably nobody reading this, but: the figures are for a year (ie, you use 6 nappies a day for 365 days to get 208kg of non-renewable raw materials). Sorry, I didn’t make that very clear.

min 10:51 pm 09 Mar 07

‘I wish someone would do a definitive study.’

Wish no longer! (Well, just for a little bit longer.) A woman named Kate O’Brien, at UQ, is currently completing a study on the cloth vs disposable issue. I’m not sure whether she’s including the new breed of cloth nappies in the study (ie made of bamboo and hemp, so very low water in manufacture), but it should at least be a contribution to the debate … a debate marked by a conspicuous lack of current data …

seepi 9:05 am 08 Mar 07

208kg does seem a lot fo 6 disposables – but it isn’t just the six mappies – it includes the wholoe manufacturing process and any byproducts/waste.

Nappy services you don’t hear much about these days, cos most people are not using the old white flat nappies, but the new ones made of modern fabrics and shaped more like disposables, with velcro to do them up.

I honestly cna’t believe that a couple of extra loads of washing (for cloth nappies) can be worse than a huge manufacturing process, chemicals, huge transportation distances, and then the landfill problem.

I wish someone would do a definitive study.

emd 8:47 pm 07 Mar 07

Ingeegoodbee, have you noticed that sometimes little gel crystals escape from the disposable nappy and are stuck to baby’s bottom? I don’t want anything that chemical in nature that close to my kids genitals.

Cloth nappies are so much better than they were 30 years ago. But you won’t hear about it in the media, because there’s so much more money to be made advertising disposables.

Ingeegoodbee 5:33 pm 07 Mar 07

Ooops – that makes me look too excited about nappies dosn’t it…

Ingeegoodbee 5:31 pm 07 Mar 07

Sammy I would have pointed you to the Choice guide quoted by GnT below your post. I understand that the EPA study quoted brought together a number of previous studies of Australian and overseas experience.

Nappy service nappies have a particularly high impact because of the mandated number of times they must be washed between clients and the need for washing in 100 degree celcius water. Not a problem where water isn’t at a premium.

I like the space age technology of disposables to – seriously, the technology used in them was developed for the moon missions – the stuffing consists of long-chain polymers that attract and chemically bond with the water components in the wee – their not absorbing like a sponge, but rather traping individual water molecules that adhere to specific points in the polymer sequence.

Maelinar 2:58 pm 07 Mar 07

Green Miles Thumper, it’s the new excuse for buying your expensive bling.

Maelinar 2:57 pm 07 Mar 07

WMD – 208kg for 6 disposables ?

Considering they’re pretty featherweight it’s a little extreme a figure.

Not that I’m into disposables, but those stats speak for themselves.

Thumper 2:54 pm 07 Mar 07

What’s wrong with washing cloth nappies?

Okay, I used to accidently flush them down the toilet ocassionally.

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