For London mama, Caroline, making an effort to build a better future is even more important since welcoming her son to the world. While she started using cloth nappies part time to cut down on waste, she soon became a full-time user, and is now an ardent supporter of anyone wanting to make the switch from disposable. Realising you don’t need things is liberating, she says, as she encourages everyone to start with small sustainable changes in the hope we can reverse some of the damage we have wrecked on our planet.
New Zealand mama, Sam, wants parents to know that it is possible to do cloth nappies, even if you have very little time. Even more importantly, she wants parents to know they aren’t alone; that there’s a community out there ready to support you through the times when parenting can be as hard as being in a crisis. These messages and more she shares on social media, where she hopes the truth will reign over “Instagram reality”. We love her hope for the world of the future – one that is kinder, more accepting and more sustainable. A world where there is no war, love is love and all people are equals.
What’s it like being a stay-at-home mother to three children under four years old? Alexandra will let you know. She opens up about her busy and crazy life, the closest she comes to a parenting philosophy, and her passions outside of her family. After a frustrated start on her own cloth nappy journey, Alexandra became a cloth nappy consultant, and today she helps parents with their own start into the world of cloth nappies. She has many insights into common concerns and misconceptions faced by those new to cloth, including differing formulas for success depending on whether parents are deadest on cloth or on the fence.
Jenna is a case in point that cloth diapering can prompt a landslide of other eco-oriented changes. Before becoming a mum to her hand-me-down wearing, vegetarian toddler, Jenna didn’t have the passion for protecting the environment she has today. After swapping to a smaller garbage can, becoming more mindful about gift giving, reconsidering her transport options and converting to thrifting as a way of life, amongst many other things, Jenna now regularly shows up on Instagram to bring awareness to our ingrained habits and the importance of changing them. “As consumers we have the power of voting with our dollars, reading the labels, and asking the difficult questions. The more that consumers care about sustainability, the more that large companies will have to change their practices to retain their customers. Together our small actions make a very big difference.”
Tori says, that in order to exercise choice, you need to know what your options are. And I couldn’t agree more. There’s certainly a large cohort of parents out there who don’t make the choice to use reusable nappies because they don’t understand the options available to them. I invited Tori to join us to make the case for cloth diapers, and here she shares with us a chapter from her new book.
The kind of world of which Erin dreams is one you will desire for your own children: one where kindness is at the forefront of every decision; one where every human and our natural resources are truly valued and respected. It’s a world Erin is dedicated to showing is possible if we work together. As the face behind the popular zero-waste blog, The Rogue Ginger, she encourages everyone to approach reducing their waste at their own pace, in their own way. Read on to discover the greatest rewards and challenges she has found with approaching motherhood through a lens of being part of the solution to reducing the world’s waste.
As the year begins, I’ve taken the opportunity to look back over the past year, to where this blog began, to where it is today, and to all the words of wisdom shared by families from across the globe as we bond on the quest to dress our children in cloth and to give the planet a better chance at a future. There’s been many queries about my own experiences with cloth and my motivation for sharing the message to choose cloth, so when @shoshannah.shand asked again recently for an interview with the lady behind the blog, I decided to comply.
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.