Darlings Downunder Blog
Your Local Council & Modern Cloth Nappies
Posted in 'General Info & Advice' on June 7, 2010, 8:58 pm
Do you wish cloth nappies were more widely known and
accepted in Australia? According to CHOICE Magazine’s latest nappy trial
looks like things are slowly changing.
One in five of their disposable nappy trialists told them they are using cloth
nappies or a mix. And a recent CHOICE Online poll showed 40% of over 1000
respondents preferred cloth nappies.
In other countries, local councils have led the way in
encouraging the use of cloth nappies. Councils in the United Kingdom have made
some real innovations in trying to reduce the 3 billion disposable nappies they
throw away every year. Many councils offer a cloth nappy cash back scheme.
Others encourage residents to apply for a voucher from the county council to
spend at local retailers. Even councils who don’t offer vouchers or rebates provide
information about cloth nappies and have a nappy library, so residents can borrow
a range of nappies to try before buying their own set. Others provide a month’s
free use of a nappy laundry service.
Did you know that in New Zealand it is estimated that the
use of cloth nappies has tripled in the last five years, with reports that up
to 15% of parents are now using cloth?
Surely part of this has to be attributed to the grass roots promotion by local
councils through their waste reduction programs as well as their maternal and
child health facilities. Some councils provide subsidies, some sponsor cloth
nappy education classes, others provide nappy kits to antenatal classes, many
promote the use of cloth nappies as a way parents can save money (and reduce their waste).
So what are local councils in Australia doing? There are some who have become involved in the Reusable Nappy Week organised by the Australian
Nappy Network. The City of Casey (Vic) hosts a Nappy Expo
during Reusable Nappy Week and has a rebate scheme.
Some councils involve cloth nappy businesses in their sustainable expos, others
provide information on modern cloth nappies through their Maternal Child Health
Centres. But, on the whole, considering the environmental credentials of many local councils, it
is surprising that more isn’t being done. Maybe we need to let our local
councils know that Modern Cloth Nappies exist…
If your local council is a supporter of cloth nappies, please send them
an email to let them know you appreciate what they are doing.
If you’re interested
in doing something yourself to help increase awareness of cloth nappies, the
Australian Nappy Network is planning events for Reusable Nappy
October 2010 and is looking for ideas and volunteers. If you or someone you know,
or even your local cloth nappy shop is planning something for Reusable Nappy
Week, ask if they need any help and see you can get your local council involved, or at least advertise it on their website.
What's your local council's attitude to Modern Cloth Nappies?
Happy Heiny's Giveaway!
Posted in 'Specials & Giveaways' on June 20, 2010, 4:42 pm
Do you want to win a Red Happy Heiny’s One Size Pocket Nappy
with two microfibre inserts? Read on for the details.
A Bit About Happy Heiny’s
Happy Heiny's is known all over the world as a dependable
cloth nappy manufacturer with all the company's products made in the United
States by working mums. Happy Heiny's nappies come with Aplix® brand hook &
loop closures-- making nappy changes fast and easy. The One Size Pocket Nappies
are made of custom-milled fleece and 100 percent laminated polyester outers
which keep you and your baby dry. The wide pocket design means those with
bigger hands have no trouble stuffing the nappy and the sizing fits from 3.6kg
to 17kg. The One Size Pocket Nappy comes with two microfibre inserts – one large
and one small.
Happy Heiny's did not start as a business venture. Linda and Mike Byerline created their
own cloth nappies in January 2002 in response to the birth of their third
child, Sarah Grace, who was born prematurely and developed chronic lung disease. Due to the chemicals in disposables, doctors recommended they consider switching to cloth nappies in hopes of decreasing
their daughter's need for further medications and potential hospitalisations.
After switching Sarah Grace to cloth nappies, doctors
documented a 50 percent decrease in her need for assistance. However, the cloth
nappies that Linda and Mike were using at the time did not fit Sarah Grace
correctly due to her petite size. As a result, Linda created her own cloth
nappies that fit Sarah Grace comfortably and didn't cause rashes.
While Linda was sewing her own cloth nappies for her
daughter, she made extra that she sold
on eBay. These nappies proved to be popular and Linda quickly realized that other
mums were interested in providing their children with safe and easy-to-use
cloth nappies. Within six months
of creating Happy Heiny's, Linda began selling her nappies to wholesalers and
within a year Happy Heiny's nappies were being sold to retailers all over the
world. Now she provides cloth nappies to parents around the world and
employs working mums in a growing business that is run with a family friendly
How to Enter
Here are four different ways to enter to win a Red Happy Heiny’s One Size
a Follower of our Blog (there's a subscribe button on the right hand side of this page under the calendar), or
a Liker on our Facebook page, or
- Subscribe to our monthly email Newsletter (the signup should be down on the bottom left of the screen), or
- Buy something from Darlings Downunder between 20th & 26th June (inclusive)
In order for your entry to count, you MUST post back at this blog leaving a comment letting us know how you
entered. Each one of the above counts as one entry, so you can do more than one of them
to increase your chances of winning.
Are you already a follower, liker or newsletter subscriber? Make a comment on this blog letting us know and you will be automatically entered.
Entries close at midnight on Saturday 26 June and the winner will be announced on Monday 28 June.
Winner of Happy Heiny Pocket Nappy
Posted in 'Specials & Giveaways' on June 28, 2010, 10:46 am
The Winner of our Giveaway is Rebecca Jones! You'll be receiving your prize in the mail soon... Thanks to all our entrants, we really appreciate all our loyal customers here at Darlings! Keep an eye out for future giveaways! (Winner was randomly selected by Random.org)