Video guide to cloth nappies

Are you brand new to cloth nappies? Do you want to show a friend a simple guide to the different types of cloth nappies? Are you wondering how Snappies work?

Take a look at the “Healthy Diapers” video guide to cloth nappies. This is a great set of introductory and explanatory videos on cloth nappies.

How does it all work? What are bleached and unbleached prefolds? How do you put on a prefold with a Snappi? How about just laying a prefold into a wrap? What do you do with a used nappy? This set of videos also covers velcro wrap-style nappy covers, pull-up woollen soakers, velcro or snap fitted nappies, all-in-one nappies, pocket nappies and inserts, lay-in and snap-in doublers (boosters), flushable liners, swim nappies.

[Note: nappy services in Australia use flat square nappies, not prefolds. For a guide to folding flat nappies, check out The Nappy Lady.]

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Here’s the latest news on the cloth vs single use nappy debate … again

If you read this story in the paper or caught the coverage on morning television or radio, those reporting it would have you believe this new research on the environmental impact of cloth and single use nappies is groundbreaking.

Or is it?

The findings of the four year study done by the UK Environment Agency (UK) were released in May 2005. The official publication was widely discussed at the time on Ozclothnappies and the report was considered flawed owing to poor quality data and it’s failure to account for advances in washing methods and new products like hemp and bamboo nappies.

It’s obvious the report in the Herald Sun has been based on articles in the The Daily Mail and The Telegraph, which are essentially political criticism of a waste of taxpayers money.

If any Australian media had bothered to check the transcript here they would have seen quite clearly stated:

“In May 2005, the Environment Agency published a report entitled “A Life Cycle Assessment of disposable and reusable nappies in the UK”.

Not only one media outlet reported the misrepresentation, but the error was repeated on no less than one website, by one daily newspaper, two metropolitan radio stations and one morning breakfast program on national television.

The flaws in the report have been widely commented on when it was first published by WEN and The real Diaper Association.

While it’s easy to expose lazy reporting, it’s very disappointing the misleading and false claims of the study are again reverberating through the media.

Real Nappy Week on Good Morning New Zealand

Kate Meads from Nappy Days was invited to Good Morning to talk about modern cloth nappies. Check out this segment, which features a three week old newborn showing off modern cloth.

Time for a Change. Video from NZ

This cloth nappy documentary by Mark Easton won the New Zealand 2006 Manawatu Green Screen Awards and premiered in the 2006 Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival. Click here for more information.

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