British report reveals reusable nappies offer substantial enviro benefits.

From the Australian Nappy Network:


The Environment Agency, UK, has revealed that using reusable nappies, as opposed to disposable ones, can save families, carers and the environment 40% in carbon emissions.

The ‘Updated Lifecycle Assessment Study for Disposable and Reusable Nappies’, published on Friday in the UK, was the largest and most comprehensive study of its type ever to be undertaken examining the environmental impacts of the two nappy systems. 

Lucy Westerman, Director of the Australian Nappy Network is delighted with the findings, saying that, “This report represents a dramatic step forward in propelling community education, amongst parents and carers, and confirms exactly what we have known for many years – that reusable nappies really are much better for the environment than disposables.”

The quantity of disposable nappies currently being sent to landfill, in Australia alone, is reaching dramatic proportions.  Recent research shows that Australians are throwing away one billion disposable nappies every single year, with each of these taking up to 300 years to fully decomposei. 

“The environmental impact of disposable nappies in Australia is immense,” explains Ms Westerman.  “Coupled with the landfill issue you also have to consider the impact of the materials, chemicals and resources that go into the manufacturing and packaging of disposables.”

“The Report demonstrates that by simply washing reusable nappies in full loads, using an energy efficient washing machine, set under 60º Celsius, line-drying them and reusing them on other children provides over 40% reduction in carbon emissions, compared to the use of disposables.”

“In Australia, obviously we have to be very conscious of using our water efficiently but we have the significant benefit of the climate, which enables most Australians to air-dry throughout the year,” she continued.

Today’s reusable nappies bridge the gap between the cloth of by gone eras and disposables.  Reusables are increasingly produced with minimal impact from highly absorbent sustainable eco-friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.  Such fabrics are incredibly effective and soft for your baby to wear with the added convenience of being quick-drying, fitted like disposables or flat, with velcro, snappis or press-stud fasteners and no longer requiring soaking.

“Typically a baby will get through between 4000 and 6000 nappy changes before it is toilet trained, so when you consider the impact of this on the environment and the cost effectiveness of using reusables, it’s a win-win situation, not only for the environment but for your pocket too.” 
“If you then go on to reuse these nappies on another child you create even greater savings and by adopting reusable nappies means that parents and carers are in control of the impact they have on the environment,” concludes Ms Westerman.

 

Read more here at the Australian Nappy Network.

New FAQ: Do childcare centres do cloth nappies?

Yes! Some childcare centres embrace cloth nappies enthusiastically, even to the point of providing a flat nappy service included in the fee. With many centres, however, you may receive a lukewarm response, or resistance. These responses tend to be rooted in outdated ideas about cloth nappies.

The Australian Nappy Network has prepared a fact sheet and resources if you need to educate your childcare centre about cloth nappies.

Most importantly, please remember: childcare centres are bound by their accreditation requirements to have the facilities to deal with cloth nappies, and to respect your parental decisions. Cloth nappies are not banned in childcare centres, nor are they unhygienic; and many Ozclothnappies members are using them successfully.

You can read the rest of the Ozclothnappies FAQ here.

Reusable Nappy Week is coming – Volunteers wanted

There are busy busy times ahead in the coming months for the ANN and we need all hands on deck!

REUSABLE NAPPY WEEK – October 13th – 19th, 2008

It seems like AGES away, but these things creep up on us and bite us on the bum (excuse the pun) before we know it!!! If we want certain events, certain venues, certain activities, certain dates, we need to lock them in, Eddie. 

The theme this year will be focussing on fashion in cloth nappies be it tie-dyed squares or the funkiest fitted or cuttest woolies.

The week will be essentially run by the ANN (Australian Nappy Network), and costs covered for ANN approved RNW activities. Those representing the ANN or running an event need to be a member of the ANN but non ANN volunteers can be involved as well.

Some ideas for the types of things that can be done are below, if you think that you can help organise any of these in your state, have some other event ideas or can you help in any way please volunteer.

HOW CAN YOU VOLUNTEER?

1. Contacting your state co-ordinator at modernclothnappies.org, or

2. Joining us on the Australian Nappy Network forum.

LIBRARIES

Anyone willing to contact their local library about display space, and if they are willing to lend a nappy (or few) to the cause for a week, we can provide posters and flyers.

LOCAL COUNCILS

If you have a contact at your local council or would like to seek their support could be useful.

FEATURE EVENT

Perhaps a fashion show with some of the tots showing off some fancy funky naps… where? When? Who? How? 

MEDIA

There will be a national approach regarding the media. Any tips/offers of help welcome.

SEWING WORKSHOPS

We have previously organised some great workshops and would love the hear from anyone keen to share their nappy sewing knowledge and perhaps make snap presses available.

WOOL DYING/KNITTING WORKSHOP

As said many times, you don’t need to commit to doing a stint on TV or a talk to 100 parents, a simple coffee catch up at a chid friendy cafe, or better still, a park, goes down really well and is fun for all. A display at a library is fantastic exposure and low maintenance. 
We have PLI for any events that require it. 

NORTHERN TERRITORY CO-ORDINATOR  – We also require a co-ordinator for the Norther Territory

GREAT DOWN UNDER NAPPY HUNT – We will be needing some helpers to assist with Hunt organisation as well.

So come along and volunteer at www.modernclothnappies.org.

Last chance to get your baby into the 2009 ANN Calendar

A still from the 2008 ANN Calendar
A still from the 2008 ANN Calendar

2009 CALENDAR

The Australian Nappy Network is planning to release a 2009 wall calendar featuring gorgeous cloth-bottomed bubs. They are inviting you to submit photos for a chance for your baby or toddler to be featured. Selected entries will receive a free calendar and, of course, unlimited bragging rights!

Email your photos as attachments in the largest size you have available to
2009photos at nappynetwork dot org dot au

Format: Photos need to be in high resolution format, 300 DPI and landscape A4 size (210—297mm). The file name of the photo MUST include the entrants SURNAME for easy identification. There is a limit of 2 entries per child. Entries will close at the end of August!

Entrants will be required to complete a general release form, and entries not accompanied by a release form will be withdrawn. Release forms will be sent to applicants by return email upon receipt of entries.

The decision of the ANN selection panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The ANN may retain entries for consideration in the following year’s calendar and for other publications.

To get an idea of what might be suitable you can see this years calendar on Ozebaby .

So get snapping!!!!!!

Ideally we would like to have the calendar ready to go prior to Real Nappy Week, so if you would like to help with producing the calendar let us know.

The Australian Nappy Network staff

ANN Cloth Friendly Child Care & Cloth Friendly Hospitals Surveys – Can YOU Help?

The Australian Nappy Network (ANN) will be running and publicising many projects that will help to promote the wider use of reusable nappies.

One of the ANN’s first big projects is a set of search-able databases designed to make it easier for parents to a) choose child care and hospitals that use the nappies they want used on their children and b) equip parents with information about the nappies that are used in hospitals and child care they may need to use.

While we intend to contact service providers to populate the Cloth Friendly Child Care and Cloth Friendly Hospital databases, to start with we would like to ask users of child care and hospital (maternity and pediatric) services to complete a survey for any service they have used, detailing their experiences, knowledge, and the service provider’s willingness to use various types of nappies. The surveys should take no more than a few minutes each to complete.

The surveys can be found at the following links:

Cloth in Child Care:

http://AusNappyNetwork.ClothInCare.sgizmo.com 

Cloth in Hospitals:

http://AusNappyNetwork.ClothInHospitals.sgizmo.com

Inaugural ANN calendar – order yours now!

The Australian Nappy Network is proud to announce that the first  ANN Calendar will be printed any minute now. They can be ordered via Ozebaby for only $15 including postage and handling.

Babies wanted! For ANN calendar.

The Australian Nappy Network is putting together a 2008 wall calendar featuring gorgeous cloth bottomed bubs. You are invited to submit photos for a chance for your baby or toddler to be featured. Selected entries will receive a free calendar and of course, unlimited bragging rights!

Photos must be submitted as email attachments and emailed to wa@modernclothnappies.org Your email submission must include your full name, address, telephone number, email address.

Photos need to be in high resolution format, 300 DPI and landscape A4 size (210x297mm).
The file name of the photo must include the entrants surname for easy identification.

Entrants will be required to complete a general release form, entries not accompanied by a release form will be withdrawn. Release forms will be sent to applicants by return email upon receipt of entries.

Entries must be received by no later than 30th September 2007.

The decision of the ANN selection panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The ANN may retain entries for consideration in the following year’s calendar and for other publications.

So get snapping!!!!!!