Make Laundry Not Landfill is an inspirational and educational destination for first-time and new-to-cloth parents seeking the courage and confidence to make the choice to cloth, or cloth more often, as well as somewhere every parent can gain encouragement and support through honest and positive stories from like-minded cloth families.
We’re a place for parents to speak openly about their experiences – not just with cloth, but with all that parenting entails. We celebrate the paradoxes of a natural or sustainable approach to parenting – the challenges and the joys and the simplicity and the relentlessness. We ask everything – from the big questions (‘Will having fewer children save the planet?’) to the small but essential ones (‘What do I do with the poo?).
Here you will find a community of like-minded parents – that is, parents who want to make the best choices for their children and the future of their children. Some of these choices will be based on minimising chemicals or protecting the future of the planet; others will have a founding in economics or aesthetics. Whatever the reason for choosing cloth or making any other parenting decision, this blog is a judgement free, supportive place you can visit when, and if, you need relief, encouragement or advice.
Like many parents, I considered reusable nappies when my first son was born in 2017. I considered the economic and environmental benefits and the time, effort and upfront costs it would entail, and came to the under informed decision it wasn’t for me.
Fast forward two years and a second son, and I started clothing full time when my boys were 8 months and 2 years old. My impetus to change was two-fold – I both bought a prefolds and covers package from the local second-hand marketplace, and was struggling to find a disposable option that would see my heavy wetting older son through the night. That first purchase had me hooked, and I was soon trialling every product on the market.
Soon after sharing my new cloth nappy addiction on social media, I was tallying the number of friends and acquaintances coming to me for support to begin their own cloth nappy journeys. Like me, they were overwhelmed by the advice and choices available to them and, until now, they hadn’t known anyone else who used cloth.
Thus, Make Laundry Not Landfill was born – a platform for parents to connect and hear other families’ stories. Somewhere parents can go to find out how other families are doing this whole cloth and parenthood thing. Somewhere you can discuss the joys and tribulations of clothing. Somewhere you will (hopefully) find the inspiration and support to make the switch to cloth.
Happy clothing, Tammy