Cloth nappy back­ers em­bark on road trip

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Cloth Nappy Week, April 16 to 22, kicks off with a week-long road trip with a very spe­cific dis­tance in mind.

With one mil­lion dis­pos­able nap­pies be­ing thrown into New Zealand land­fills each day, or seven mil­lion each week, the num­ber of nap­pies laid end-to-end would stretch to 2100km – the dis­tance from In­ver­cargill to Auck­land.

It is this route the Cloth Nappy Week team of mums will be trav­el­ling from April 14 to 22 in a bid to raise aware­ness of the ben­e­fits of mod­ern cloth nap­pies over dis­pos­ables.

One mil­lion dis­pos­able nap­pies was a lot of land­fill, said Kate Meads, also known as The Nappy Lady, who is lead­ing the na­tion­wide move­ment to­ward more sus­tain­able di­a­per­ing so­lu­tions for par­ents.

Deal­ing with dis­pos­able nappy waste costs lo­cal coun­cils tens of thou­sands of dol­lars a year and the de­com­pos­ing ma­te­rial cre­ates meth­ane gas, a con­trib­u­tor to global warm­ing.

While waste is­sues are for­tu­nately be­com­ing more and more im­por­tant, in the mean­time, the world is be­com­ing more and more dis­pos­able.

The big ques­tion for the fu­ture is, when our land­fills are full, where will our rub­bish go?

Kate said that a baby would need up to 6000 nappy changes in the first two-and-ahalf years of life and at around 50c a nappy, par­ents were lit­er­ally throw­ing their money away. Dis­pos­able nap­pies are seen as more con­ve­nient and less time-con­sum­ing than cloth nap­pies, she said.

‘‘ I un­der­stand that mind­set when it comes to our par­ents gen­er­a­tion but mod­ern cloth nap­pies are so ad­vanced in de­sign and ma­te­ri­als that they truly are no more dif­fi­cult than wash­ing a load of laun­dry.’’

Cloth Nappy Week, which is a world­wide event tak­ing place from April 16 to 22, is fo­cused on ed­u­cat­ing par­ents about how stylish and easy-to-use cloth nap­pies are. Kate and her team of Nappy Avengers is tak­ing to the roads of New Zealand start­ing in In­ver­cargill on April 14, bring­ing work­shops, in­for­ma­tion ses­sions, sam­ples, com­pe­ti­tions, give­aways and prizes to crowds of Kiwi par­ents around the coun­try.

Cloth Nappy Week has an ac­tive web­site (www.cloth nap­py­ and Face­book com­mu­nity ( www.face­ nap­py­week).

‘‘We are for­tu­nate in New Zealand to have an ex­tremely savvy, in­tel­li­gent, pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity of par­ents who are in­ter­ested in cloth nap­pies and a wide range of brands to choose from, stocked by a pas­sion­ate group of cloth nappy sup­pli­ers and re­tail­ers,’’ Kate said.

‘‘Cloth Nappy Week is the time for ev­ery­one to work to­gether to spread the word and I’m ex­cited to be tak­ing cloth nap­pies on the road this year.’’

NAPPY WEEK: Cloth Nappy Week is sched­uled for April 16 to 22.

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