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#65: Making an impact

If you think starting a business alongside raising a baby is hard, you’re right. But when that business is part of your quest to tell your children you did everything you possibly could to make a difference to the world, you’d do it again in a heartbeat. Tina is a mum who wants to encourage everyone to enter the circular economy, to buy secondhand or rent rather than buy. She is mum to one-year-old Teddy for whom there was never any doubt that cloth nappies would be donning his little bottom.

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#60: Refusing to rush childhood

Today, I introduce you to Stacey, a New Zealand mama of 4 (including 3 in cloth) who says she’s much better at appreciating the smaller things and moments since becoming a mum. Stacey and her family subscribe to a slow and simple lifestyle which, for them, includes being more purposeful in everything they do. Stacey talks about the simple task of changing nappies as an opportunity to be present and connected – an opportunity that became even more meaningful since she made the switch to cloth nappies. Now, she has an array of colours and prints to discuss with her children at change time. Join us for more on Stacey’s philosophy on life and parenting, and to find out how she has found success with cloth nappies after starting three years into the parenting game.

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#58: Eco perfectionism isn’t the answer

In today’s interview with Nicola – kindness and honesty advocate, and mother of two girls who is happy to wait for the teenage years, she shares a quote about not doing zero waste perfectly, but instead encouraging everyone to do it imperfectly. It’s an approach she takes around her home in an attempt to teach her daughters to be mindful and conscious of others and the world around them. Her approach includes refusing to spend unnecessary money on “eco” products and including disposable products in her routine as the need has arisen. Nicola takes great joy in using and sharing cloth nappies, “but they are pee and poo catchers at the end of the day and they need to be able to do just that.”

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#57: Go hard, go early

For Perth mama Krystal, a 10-year career in accounting was not enough to stop her pursuing her passion for food. With her husband and 21-month-old son by her side, she is studying a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, and one day dreams of running her own health retreat for people with chronic disease. Until then, she will continue to teach her son to enjoy the science and magic of cooking, and to make sustainable choices where possible when in the kitchen.

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#56: It’s not too hard to try

Becoming more minimal in their home and more conscious of their waste spurred Larissa and her husband, Jeremy, to look into using cloth for their son, Mal. Add a love for laundry and a newfound understanding that cloth can be simple, and you have a mother on a fast track to cloth nappy love. Larissa is a kind-seeking ocean lover, minimalist and business owner. Read on to learn about her passion for natural toys and homewares, non-corny apparel and simple switches that can make a big difference.

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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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#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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#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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#36: Just go for it

Adelaide mum, Candice, shared her thoughts on reusable nappies just a few short months into motherhood. She writes, as many do, about how she found using modern cloth nappies far easier than she imagined, attributing much of the early uncertainty to learning the lingo of cloth. It’s like an in joke, she says, and urges others to ‘just go for it’. “It’s so much easier than you think and actually kind of fun.”