#28: Seeing cloth with new eyes

Living by the sea in Essex, UK, means lots of messy play for Sarah and her two-year-old son, Alfie. This includes adventures by the shore and in the countryside – but, ever since Sarah has been striving to make more eco-friendly choices in her life, it also means lots of recycled fun and cute cloth bum photographs of those activities. Today, Sarah takes us through the changes she has made to her daily arts and crafts time, and her journey to becoming a cloth mum.

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#26: Drive to preserve the future

Protecting the environment is key to living a good life for Emily, but not to the detriment of one’s own health. Emily offers very sensible advice to worry first about one’s self – especially in the early days of motherhood when figuring out how to keep a tiny human alive is tantamount, then consider ways of reducing your impact on the planet, including through the use of cloth nappies.

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#25: It’s the small things

For Annie, motherhood has brought with it an appreciation for the simple things in life. While this often looks like family time exploring the fields around their home, Annie’s gratitude has also begun a determination to make eco choices she hopes will lead to a greater future for her daughter. Cloth nappies were the catalyst for Annie’s more eco-conscious approach to life.

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#24: Don’t be discouraged

Today, we are joined by Leah who wants to embolden everyone not to be discouraged by any negativity they encounter in beginning their cloth journey. As a mother of twins, Leah says she had double the reason to limit her environmental impact by choosing cloth nappies; still, with her babies in special care and the overwhelm that comes with being a first-time mum, she didn’t use cloth until many months later. Now, the family is in full time cloth and Leah is a strong advocate for reusable nappies not having to be all or nothing.

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#23: Small cost for gains

Victorian mum of two bubs in cloth, Jill, sums up the benefits of reusable nappies so well: save thousands of dollars, save thousands of disposables from landfill, support small business and dress your baby’s tush in the sweetest designs – all for the cost of an extra load or two of laundry each week. And the added bonus, she says, is that you feel like you’re doing a little good each time you use one.

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#20: An appreciation for simplicity

Simple and meaningful are the principles by which Sunshine Coast mum, Naomi, lives her life. She believes in owning less, making things with her own hands and being thoughtful about where her time and money goes. Of course, this approach extends to the way in which she is choosing to raise her 18-month-old son. Naomi says using cloth nappies for her son was a given – especially considering her ongoing attempts to minimise plastic waste, and she credits elimination communication for him being out of both day and night-time nappies by 10 months of age. But, don’t go calling her a “super mum” just yet; you’ll have to read on to find out why this term brings her displeasure.

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#19: Small changes can change the world

Becoming a parent was a turning point for Lucy. She could no longer rest on simply being ‘green’; rather, she felt compelled to take responsibility for how her actions would impact on future generations. Cloth nappies are just one of many small, everyday changes she has implemented in her quest to make conscious choices that support where her opinions stand on climate change. She hopes her role modelling results in sustainable choices becoming second nature for her children and that they will continue to learn and evolve, as we all need to if we are to change the course of history.

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