Skip to content Skip to main navigation


Quality childcare in a
welcoming & supportive environment

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.

What’s Your opinion?

Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
32 Responses to
Reusable Nappy Week
VYBerlinaV8 now_with 11:16 am 07 Mar 07

Really? I piss on my lemon tree in my back yard!

I haven’t yet taken a dump on the front rose garden though. My neighbourhood is way to highbrow for that!

Maelinar 10:41 am 07 Mar 07

VY~V8 – don’t get into the realm of putting faeces onto your garden…

Very nasty consequences…

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 10:30 am 07 Mar 07

Maybe I need to combat global warming by not using nappies at all, and just inserting pipes into my kid’s orifices to suck out any nasties, and compress them into garden fertiliser pellets.

RandomGit 10:20 am 07 Mar 07

My wife makes the lining of her clothies from polar fleece. Draws the moisture right out and it very comfortable and soft to boot.

I’ll buy you a mintie to get you over it bonfire.

snahon 10:08 am 07 Mar 07

“They even look cuter than disposables!”
who cares, its only there cause the baby is too young wipe its own ass and you replace them regularly enough that ultimately, does it really matter that much how cute they look. form and function over fashion is my motto when it came to my babies arses.

bonfire 9:41 am 07 Mar 07

this is one of the most ridiculous ‘news’ items ive ever seen on riotact.

nappies ?


VYBerlinaV8 now_with 9:35 am 07 Mar 07

I don’t think using the water is much of an issue, as it ends up back in the environment anyway.

We don’t actually use that many nappies – I would think less than half a dozen per day.

seepi 9:11 am 07 Mar 07

Cloth nappies how have layers of different fabrics (like camping clothes) and they can also draw the liquid away from the baby.

It uses as much water to make one disposable nappie as it does to wash a reusable one.

And you dont end up with half a green bin full of dirty nappies every week.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 9:04 am 07 Mar 07

I guess I could save our dirty nappies if you guys want to reuse them, though.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 9:04 am 07 Mar 07

I use disposables mostly because they construction of the nappies means that moisture is drawn away from the bub’s skin, so they are a lot less susceptible to nappy rash. Happy baby = happy wife = happy me.

I’m sure that the other sort ‘look great’, but my son’s health and comfort is more important.

Maelinar 8:59 am 07 Mar 07

Having dug through Canberra’s waste products for a couple of weeks, I can confirm that at least 50% of what I was digging through was undecomposed nappies.

We’re about to start drinking our cloth nappy waste, so the environmental impact of that choice of nappy product could be regarded as close to 0%

Scaremongers such as the producers of disposable nappies will probably tell you otherwise, but ask yourself this question in logic: Where else will the toilet/laundry water go when it hits the water purification plant ?

(btw filter product becomes dirtfill or compost eventually – offsetting the {solid} component of the waste)

We use cloth, but have a packet of disposables for emergencies – a couple in the car for example. Mini Maelinar changed nappy sizes before we got through the first bundle.

RandomGit 8:54 am 07 Mar 07

We use cloth as a cost cutting measure. We save a lot on nappies and we don’t notice the drudgery of pre cleaning washing and hanging anymore.

They are very easy to make. If anyone wants a pattern I can pass on the wifes own one.

GnT 8:13 am 07 Mar 07

NSW EPA points out: “The disposal of baby wastes by whatever means is damaging to the environment. Both cloth and disposable nappy systems impact adversely on the environment, but the available studies seem to indicate that there’s no clear environmental advantage between the two.”

Got this quote from “The Choice Guide to Baby Products” – a very useful book to buy if you’ve got a little one on the way.

Sammy 8:06 am 07 Mar 07

Every serious analysis of cost-benefit and environmental impact over the years

Could you point me toward these studies? The patter of tiny feet will probably make an appearance in my house sometime in the future, so i’m very interested in this topic.

Ingeegoodbee 7:33 am 07 Mar 07

Gotta love the unqualified promotion of sustainability of re-usable v disposable that relies on there being some inherrant evil in having a disposable nappy occupying space in landfill. Every serious analysis of cost-benefit and environmental impact over the years has found little measurable diference between the two.

1 2 3

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. | |

Search across the site