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#35: Eco rabbit hole

I’m not going to lie, today’s interview is long. But Christabel – who describes her house of two adults and two children as ‘loud and messy and fun and vibrant’ – tells so many relatable tales of motherhood with so much wit and charm, I know you are going to love reading her words as much as I did. Christabel lives in Greater Manchester, UK, and describes herself as a fun/ loving/ lazy/ working/ creative/ tired/ ‘anything for an easy life’/ funny/ ‘trying my best but not always getting it right’ mum who is still learning to be kind to herself.

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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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#29: Let’s convert everyone

Kate’s tally for converting others to cloth nappies stands at 10. This includes her sister-in-law and all but one of the families in her mothers group. It’s an admirable total that comes from Kate’s desire to make others more aware of opportunities to not only reduce landfill but also the amount of chemicals they put into themselves every day.

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#19: Small changes can change the world

Becoming a parent was a turning point for Lucy. She could no longer rest on simply being ‘green’; rather, she felt compelled to take responsibility for how her actions would impact on future generations. Cloth nappies are just one of many small, everyday changes she has implemented in her quest to make conscious choices that support where her opinions stand on climate change. She hopes her role modelling results in sustainable choices becoming second nature for her children and that they will continue to learn and evolve, as we all need to if we are to change the course of history.

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#13: Actions speak loudly

Come say hello to Josie from Deniliquin. Josie sounds like so many mums I have interviewed for this blog – she started out with little knowledge of cloth nappies, just a drive to do better for the planet, then a short time later became a staunch cloth nappy addict. Only Josie has done something about it – she has started a local advocacy group as a place to encourage local parents to make the switch to cloth or share anything cloth related.