#32: Around the country with cloth

Today, we welcome Sara, the founder of Earthside Eco Bums, who shares the beginnings of her business and how she hopes to provide the support parents need to find the confidence to give cloth nappies a go. Unlike most businesses, Earthside Eco Bums was formed on the road, on a family caravanning trip around Australia. When parents started flocking to the van to learn more about cloth nappies and how to use them, Sara realised it was time she made more education available. Read on to find out how she managed to start a business whilst on the road with two small children, and for her best advice on making cloth nappies work while travelling.

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#30: Success the second time around

Melissa’s story is proof you don’t need to get it right immediately with cloth nappies. She started using cloth from birth with her son, gave up, then started again when he was 15 months old. Just over a year later, her daughter was born and, this time, her cloth journey has been a continuous one. She credits the cloth community for its help and support in her stronger trouble-shooting ability the second time around. Her advice is to take it one nappy at a time and to try not to become overwhelmed – “at the end of the day they are just nappies”.

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#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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