Get behind sustainable choices
View the video workshop, Cloth Nappies 101 with Vashti from Nest Nappies and Kelly from Strucket to chat all things nappies. They explore the reusable options available so you can choose the right nappy or combination of styles for you and your bub.
Up to two billion disposable nappies are sent to landfill every year in Australia. Each nappy takes up to 500 years to decompose, making them disastrous for the environment.
As the parent of a new baby, you will change about 5,500 nappies in the two to three years before your child toilet trains. A staggering 3.75 million disposable nappies are used in Australia every day. Population on the Sunshine Coast is currently 328,428, with the number of births between 2016 and 2021 projected to be around 19,364 (source).
Dirty nappies are a major contributor to waste dumped in public places and one of the top contaminants mistakenly placed in recycling bins on the Sunshine Coast. Fortunately, reusable nappies have come a long way and are now a more realistic and practical option for busy parents. While some new parents favour the old school terry towelling types, modern cloth nappies offer the convenience of a disposable nappy but in a washable, reusable version.
Advantages of cloth nappies
- Eliminate up to 500 disposable nappies per month going to landfill (per baby).
- Large variety to choose from.
- Natural, breathable fabrics.
- Non-toxic as well as chemical and plastic-free.
- Can help to prevent nappy rash.
- Different sizes available for various stages of development.
Supported by Sunshine Coast Council Living Smart program for Plastic Free July. Head to the Living Smart website for more Plastic Free July activities and tips on how to swap out and choose to reuse.
For more on modern cloth nappies, head to Nest Nappies, Disposable Nappies: Are they stinking up our planet? and Why use cloth nappies?
Sunshine Coast Libraries members have loaned baby-related titles 3,928 times! On the go? For more on all baby-related items head to the eLibrary to reserve items. Always open 24/7 with your library card.
Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:
- How to live plastic free: a day in the life of a plastic detox by Luca Bonaccorsi
- No more rubbish excuses: how to reduce your waste and why you must do it now by Martin Dorey
- Simply living well: a guide to creating a natural, low-waste home by Julia Watkin
- Six weeks to zero waste: a simple plan for life by Kate Arnell
- Sustain: 50 easy tips for a cleaner, greener, plastic-free home by Christina Strutt
- Plastic free by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz
Libraries love these baby-related eBooks:
- The better baby book: how to have a healthier, smarter, happier baby by Lana Asprey
- 201 organic baby and toddler meals: the healthiest toddler and baby food recipes you can make by Tamika L. Gardner
- The sensational baby sleep plan by Alison Scott-Wright
- Guardians of the planet: how to be an eco-hero by Clive Gifford
- Recycle and remake: creative projects for eco kids by Dorling Kindersley
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Listen on the go with Mama Minimalist: enjoy sustainable, minimalist, zero-waste living, decluttering and parenting tips dedicated to eco-conscious living.
Stream free baby-related sessions on Kanopy:
- Babies Outdoors: play, learning and development: babies are sensory motor learners and getting them outside ensures all their senses are stimulated encouraging physical development. To the grass!
- Babies: visually stunning film follows four babies during their first year on earth.
- Baby Talk, Sign Language and Speech: learn simple signs you can teach your baby, plus other tips for promoting language development.
First time customer: select "Add Library Card" and enter your member number and password. Create a Kanopy account, then verify your email address.
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