#52: Don’t pressure yourself

Take it one step at a time. Don’t pressure yourself. You can do it. Your dedication and intention are key. These are just some of the wise words Mariz shares in her interview today. A mother of two living in the Philippines, Mariz urges all mothers to be gentle with themselves, for a happy mother makes for happy kids. Her pragmatic approach to cloth nappies – “One cloth is one disposable out from landfill and that’s something to be proud of always” – is one worth admiring in this world where the need to be first or best often reigns.

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#51: Husband’s choice

It’s not a story you read too often, but in this household, it was Steph’s husband, Dave, who chose cloth. Steph says she was “scarred from the lingering smell of flats in the 1980s”, but Dave was to be stay-at-home Dad and set to become the cloth nappy advocate he is today, known to convert parents in the nappy aisle in the supermarket. Steph and Dave have four children, including three in cloth – two-year-old twin girls and a wee man born in August. Then there’s also their 16-year-old son but, back in 2004, cloth nappies weren’t on this couple’s radar. Today, Steph and Dave choose to reuse in the hope their children will have a world to inherit. “It might feel a bit overwhelming but, hey, so is bringing home a tiny human.”

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#50: Don’t give up

Today, I introduce you to Suzi, mother of four boys, photographer and designer behind the cloth nappy pattern business, My Little Sunshine. Suzi’s journey with reusables began 10 years ago when her first son was a baby. She quickly gave up, however, because she had no idea how to correctly or care for them. Fast forward to her fourth son, add a gift from her bestie, and Suzi is now an active member of the cloth community, where she represents many brands and even sells her own nappy pattern. Suzi radiates love for her boys, finds great joy in the simple things in life, and dreams of nothing more than eliminating hatred from the world. Join us to share in Suzi’s tips for getting started with cloth and to find out more about her passion for including mothers in the family photo album. You’re sure to empathise with what she has to say about her children remembering about her, too.

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#49: Choosing love and trust

Careen’s world is a juggle of mum life and business life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Alongside nourishing a world of love and trust for the two little men in her life, Careen advocates for mothers investing time in themselves so they can give their best to those around them in return. She openly shares her parenting and other experiences, including her developing waste reduction values, on social media as a means of opening conversations with many, leaving it up to them to choose to take action or make a positive change.

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#48: Colourful and enjoyable

For today’s interview, we asked New Zealand mum, Sara, what her greatest lessons have been since beginning cloth with her second child, one-year-old daughter, Clem. She shares her thoughts on buying second hand, her top five cloth nappy accessories, her routine and tips for managing the nappy laundry while working full time, and why she’s now a store-bought bamboo wipes convert. Sara says she didn’t realise until recently that every disposable nappy ever produced is still sitting in landfill or that disposables use a huge amount of water to produce and, if she had known those two facts earlier, she would have pushed harder to use cloth for her first child. Her story includes a heart-wrenching anecdote from one of her students that will have you, too, pushing to make cloth mainstream.

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#47: A peachy journey

Today’s interview with Kylie is about taking a passion for cloth nappies and turning it into a business that encourages other families to get into cloth. We discuss what it looks like to kick start a new venture as a first-time mum with a 4-month-old baby, the value in her background as a radiographer and why she believes cloth nappies are the product that brings communities together. For those who have entertained similar dreams, Kylie shares some sensible advice about small business not being a quick or easy route to retirement, but she also shares the joy she finds in wrapping up and sending out orders.

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#46: What passion makes

It was the savings that drew Yondette into the world of modern cloth nappies, but it was the environmental impact of a throw-away culture that led her to become an active part of the cloth community. Two-and-a-half years on from that first fit, Yondette lives and breathes all things sustainable. Not only does she represent many nappy makers and manage an advocacy platform for supporting eco lifestyles, but she also co-founded a fabric business that supplies nappy making products to many WAHMs across Australia. And, through it all, Yondette says she will treasure forever the connection she has made with new and old friends.

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#45: The greatest gift

In today’s interview, filmmaker, actress and holistic coach, Catherine, she shares her story of making the switch to reusable nappies despite a time without a washing machine. Catherine declares motherhood to be the greatest gift and joy of her life, and she worries about what the future looks like for her daughter and her daughter’s possible babies. Through keeping an open mind, doing her best and continuing to learn, however, Catherine hopes to create a beautiful new Earth and honour Mother Nature as much as she can. Join us for an interview that will have you dreaming of warm summer nights by the ocean.

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#44: Progress, not perfection

This week, we interview a New Zealand mother who, after realising her family couldn’t keep living the disposable lifestyle they had been, created a community to share simple eco tips that are easy, fun, can save you money and, most importantly, help you to live more sustainably. The Great Eco Journey was born, with the motto ‘progress, not perfection’. Juliet shares with us the simple eco solutions she has found for around the home, how she is faring on her ‘buy nothing new for a year’ challenge, and how she threw a children’s birthday party with only one item going to landfill. She also sums up her children’s time in cloth nappies with the prudent advice that reusables aren’t a lot of work, but they are a bit of work – work that is completely justified with the financial and environmental benefits you will reap in return.

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#43: A beautiful chaos

Tasmanian mother of five, Luca, describes her life as a beautiful chaos. A chaos that is hard some days but, even through the fatigue and tears, has an endless joy. She strives to do better by knowing better and, after researching the impact that disposables have on the environment, found it difficult not to use cloth nappies. Luca doesn’t promise ease in introducing cloth nappies, but she does promise cuteness and reward, and hopes for a shift to a more sustainable lifestyle with the next generation. Read on for Luca’s take on parenthood, including why she sees gratitude as a shield from negativity.

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