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How to Switch to Cloth Nappies, when All You Know is Disposables

How to Switch to Cloth Nappies, when All You Know is Disposables

Cloth Nappies have moved into the modern era! And Green Skills Perth have been busy showing them (and their vintage, terry-square cousin) off to young Cockburn families.

But, how do you get started with cloth, when all you know is disposables?


1- Start with 1 nappy (#StartWithOneNappy). The simplest nappies, most similar to disposables, are All In One nappies that fasten with velcro.

2- Trial packs. Cloth nappy retailers often sell discounted trial packs to get you started.

3- Buy second hand. Try Gumtree or Facebook Modern Cloth Nappy groups. It’s a cheap and easy way to start with a full set.

4- Read up on how to clean your nappies. All you need is a washing machine and a basket or bin for your nappies.

5- Find a friend. This one’s optional. You can do it on your own, but I reckon having a friend who cloth-nappies-too is key.

For local councils implementing the 3 bin (FOGO) system, a switch to cloth can really help young families. Contact us for a quote to bring this workshop to your community – [email protected] or call 9360 6667.

Plastic Free Nappies for Plastic Free July

Plastic Free Nappies for Plastic Free July

Green Skills’ Perth office celebrates Plastic Free July with a “Nappies for Newborns” workshop for the City of Cockburn’s youngest residents.

The Success Library booked Green Skills’ Nappy Workshop for their busy story-time session, just in time for Plastic Free July. With over 70 babies plus parents, carers and siblings at each ‘Pram Jam’ session, Facilitator Aline Brion introduced modern cloth nappies in the flesh (not just on the internet) and demonstrated how to use them. Safety pins and soaking have been updated with modern snaps and modern washing machines!

While the Success Library families knew which bin their disposable nappies belong in (not the recycling bin!), they were unsure about the rest – how many nappies a baby needs? how long a nappy takes to break down? how to use and wash reusable nappies?

As a special incentive, anyone who wasn’t already using cloth, who wanted to try for Plastic Free July, could claim a free modern cloth nappy. What a great way to try something new!

For more information on the “Nappies for Newborns” workshop, please email [email protected]

“Nappies for newborns and beyond” – Cloth nappy workshops

“Nappies for newborns and beyond” – Cloth nappy workshops

Green Skills Murdoch office launched cloth nappy workshops in January 2017 with a Perth local council and a grant from the Waste Authority.

Every day, thousands of nappies arrive at the recycling facilities around Perth after being placed into the incorrect kerbside bin.

Inspired to tackle the contamination of the materials recovery facility, we created a “Nappies for Newborns and Beyond” workshop, for delivery at local libraries, new mothers groups, antenatal classes and early childhood centres.

Our cloth nappy display has been fantastic for introducing new parents to modern cloth nappies in the flesh (not just on the internet). Parents tell us that the different brands, sizes and fabrics can be confusing when you are just starting out and google ‘cloth nappies’.

Questions from parents often include: “will my newborn really fit into this nappy?”, “How do I use cloth at night?”, and “do you have reusable swim nappies?”. So far, there has always been a young family already using cloth to rave about their experience first-hand!

For more information on this waste minimisation program, or to book this workshop for your group, please email [email protected]

Perth hospital takes the lead in Cloth Nappy education

Perth hospital takes the lead in Cloth Nappy education

St John of God Hospital (SJOG) in Subiaco is the first to take delivery of the Cloth Nappy Antenatal Demo Kit, in a collaborative project between Green Skills and Perth hospitals.

Parents have told us they want this information in antenatal classes, so they can be prepared before baby is born – and Judith, SJOG midwife and parent educator, agrees.

With 10 kits to be delivered over the next 6 months, these new and up-to-date kits will be key to educating expecting parents. What do modern cloth nappies look like? How do they work? How do you wash them? Times have changed from terry squares, pins and soaking in bleach! We give midwives a full introduction when we deliver the Cloth Nappy kit.

Do you work in antenatal Parent Education? If you would like more information on this program or to apply for a free kit, contact Aline on 9360 6667 or [email protected]

This project, “Educating Antenatal Educators about Modern Cloth Nappies”, is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.

Today we celebrated Aline’s birthday

Today we celebrated Aline’s birthday

Today we celebrated Aline Brion’s 40th birthday in the Murdoch office. 

Aline has a wonderfully long association with Green Skills dating back to 2001 when she worked as our Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) in the metro office then based in Fremantle.  She worked with Western Suburbs local councils on emissions inventories, forecasts and reductions in a campaign conducted by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and the Australian Greenhouse Office.  Those were the days!

Aline continued working on the CCP and various other energy efficiency programs for Green Skills until 2006, working in part time and flexible capacities until after the birth of her second child coming into the office to work on City of Rockingham CCP Milestone 5.

Aline returned to us at the beginning of 2016 and is once again a very valued member of our metro team working on waste minimisation projects and coordinating nature-based activities for people with disabilities.  Her campaign on promoting modern cloth nappies is being heralded around the country as ground breaking work and as a mother of four children all reared in cloth nappies she speaks from experience.

We wish Aline a very happy 40th birthday and hope that she continues her work with Green Skills for years to come.