Are you a passionate cloth nappy advocate?

Do you enjoy sharing with others how to get the most out of their cloth nappies?

Do you want to meet others who share your passion? Would you like to direct your interest in cloth nappies into helping others access information (instead of spending more money a nappy stash!)?

Why not volunteer for the Australian Nappy Network!

All of our volunteers are parents, many of whom are not currently in the paid workforce. Volunteering can be an opportunity to update your skills or learn something new to add to your CV. The Australian Nappy Network is always looking for volunteers to fill roles within our organisation such as within advocacy projects or within the administration that keeps us running.

Reusable Nappy Week Volunteers: QLD, VIC, SA

Planning for Reusable Nappy Week (RNW) 2009 is underway, but the Australian Nappy Network is still recruiting volunteers to plan activities in a number of key states: Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Each state independently plans events for the week (which runs from October 12-18th in 2009) with resources such as promotional materials, funds, and so forth being provided centrally. Some states have individual coordinators and others are being planned by a team of enthusiastic parents.

If you can help coordinate RNW in any state or territory (but particularly in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia where our previous coordinators have stepped down) we’d love to hear from you! Coordination requires making sure that there are at least some events taking place in your state/territory, and can involve as many or as few events as we have the volunteer energy to run. Contact fiona at webwords dot net dot au to express interest

Volunteer Coordinator

We are in need of somebody who can act as Volunteer Coordinator – keeping in contact with volunteers, matching skills to needs and advertising voluntary positions. If you would like to have a go at this role, please email fiona at webwords dot net dot au to discuss.


Finally, the Australian Nappy Network has as of the 1st of May decided to make membership free. All cloth nappy advocates are invited to become members, receive our regular ezines and so forth, and the capacity to access our public liability insurance for cloth nappy advocacy and represent us at events. This change is in recognition that our members are our most dedicated volunteers and we prefer not to ask our volunteers to pay for the privilege of helping us out. We do appreciate all donations however! Members can sign up via our website.  And lastly anyone can join our forum here where our plans for RNW and projects are discussed. If you are a member PM one of the moderators to make sure you get access to the members only discussions.

Happy advocacy!

There will be a presentation of Reusable Nappies and the chance to see samples of many different types and brands of
nappies.  Please come along and see the nappies, meet some cloth nappy users, ask questions and get some tips!
The organisers are also seeking WHAM sellers to participate in the event, contact email

Event: Natural Nappies Day
Location: Kariong Eco Gardens, Kariong (Central Coast NSW)
Date: Sunday 1st March
Time: 2-4pm

*Note this is  not an ANN event but the ANN will be present and have a display

There are busy times ahead for us over here in Perth with a number of festivals booked for March and April.

The following is a list of the events where the ANN will have a display stall. Currently we have had a few lovely people offer their time to help man (woman) the stalls but we really need a few more.  Helping out is REALLY easy, all it involves is standing around and chatting to people about cloth, what could be easier! We always have new advocates rostered on with those with experience so there is someone on hand to guide you if you need it. If you would like to volunteer some time or want to know more about it please contact Michelle Email

Here’s what we have:

Hyde Park Community Fair
Its on 1st & 2nd March (Labour Day long weekend), times are between 10am – 9pm on the Sunday and 10am – 5pm on the Monday.

Naragebup 10th WA Environment Festival – Winds of Change
The festival will take place on the 28th and 29th of March, 10am – 5pm

Perth Sun Fair
UWA – Sunday 5th April 2009
Time 9am – 5pm

Brisbane also have an event scheduled for June that they are also seeking volunteers for. 
The event details are:
Greenfest to be held on 5 – 7th June, full details are here
Helpers are required for 2 hour blocks on all 3 days. We are undercover in a marquee, easy access via ferry, bus and train (although a bit of a walk from the train, perhaps 15 minutes). Children welcome!
To find out more and sign on as a helper contact Lesley Email

The cloth nappy community has risen to the occassion and shown how caring and generous they are. There are many things happening at the moment to raise money for relief charities and also to provide cloth nappies to those who have lost everything in the fires.

Below is a list of who is doing what in our community, it makes you proud to be a “clothie”, please show them your support!

Itti Bitti Nappies is donating $15000 worth of nappy products and co-ordinating their distribution with an aid agency 
Nurture Nappies is distributing nappy care packages
Baby BeeHinds have made a direct cash donation to the Red Cross fire appeal
Nappycino is co-ordinating a nappy drive to collect nappies for families identifed as in need
Ozebaby hosting auctions to raise funds
Cloth Pads Shop auctions to raise funds
Minicuteture hosting auctions to raise funds
Yarn Collective hosting auctions to raise funds
Gossamer Dreams auctions with funds raised being donated to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal
Wahmnaps hosting auctions with funds raised donated to CFA
Baby safari 30% of all our sales will go to Bushfire Appeals.
Cherubs Kiss auction with funds raised being donated to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal
Nappies Covered co-ordinated a sew up of baby blankets, snugglies and face washers with all materials donated by the store.
Twinkle Lily 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Oz Baby Trends 14-21 February, all profits from the sale of the Pop-In and Dri-Night Booster will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Brindabella baby donating 20% of all sales from February to the Red Cross for bushfire relief
Bizy Bee Nappies 10% of money from the night nappies will be donated to red cross for the Vic Bush Fire Appeal
CGR Design auction with all monies going directly to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Cushie Tushies 20% off coutures, with all profits from sales being donated to Red Cross and RSPCA bushfire appeals
Cinderella’s Stash 5% discount for the month of march for the GDUNH. That saving of 5% will be donated to the bushfire appeal. Also collecting pillow cases  & crocheting for pouches for orphaned animals
Cupcake Couture donating $5 from every item purchased until further notice
Green Kids have made a direct cash donation to the Red Cross fire appeal
Darlings Down Under 10% of sales from 11th &12th Feb donated to Bushfire Appeal
Ladybug Loops proceeds from purchases of the Ladybug Loops Baby Pants and Baby skirt patterns to be donated to the Bushfire Appeal until the end of March
Loopy Lily holding a charity auction and donating proceeds from March 1st stocking
Mandy Mac is accepting donations of craft supplies for the Kinglake kindergarten when it re-opens and is also donating $2 cash to the Red Cross for every nappy sold til the end of next week.
Maz-a-licious is donating 10% of sales of it’s Valentines day ‘2 up’  Satruday the 14th of February. Also the full purchase price of Chenille minkee wipes will be donated to the fire appeal
Minilala 50% of profits from the sales of all remaining stock will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Picanini proceeds of auctions being donated towards the Victorian Bushfire appeal.
Obsidian Star and 10% of all sales to bush fire relief funds
Sugar Shots auctioning products to raise funds
The Crafty Caterpillar donating 20% of all sales to the Red Cross
TB Cards 50% of all profits made from sales placed between 10 February and 13 February will be donated directly the the Bushfire Appeal
Virgo Knits knitting special pouches/bags for Animal Refuge Centres in Victoria and ditributing free pattern to other knitters
Poppy bean and bloss hand made toys to The Toy Society for distribution to fire affected children

British report reveals reusable nappies offer substantial enviro benefits.



The Environment Agency, UK, has revealed that using reusable nappies, as opposed to disposable ones, can save families, carers and the environment 40% in carbon emissions.


The ‘Updated Lifecycle Assessment Study for Disposable and Reusable Nappies’, published on Friday in the UK, was the largest and most comprehensive study of its type ever to be undertaken examining the environmental impacts of the two nappy systems.


Lucy Westerman, Director of the Australian Nappy Network is delighted with the findings, saying that, “This report represents a dramatic step forward in propelling community education, amongst parents and carers, and confirms exactly what we have known for many years – that reusable nappies really are much better for the environment than disposables.”


The quantity of disposable nappies currently being sent to landfill, in Australia alone, is reaching dramatic proportions.  Recent research shows that Australians are throwing away one billion disposable nappies every single year, with each of these taking up to 300 years to fully decomposei.


“The environmental impact of disposable nappies in Australia is immense,” explains Ms Westerman.  “Coupled with the landfill issue you also have to consider the impact of the materials, chemicals and resources that go into the manufacturing and packaging of disposables.”


“The Report demonstrates that by simply washing reusable nappies in full loads, using an energy efficient washing machine, set under 60º Celsius, line-drying them and reusing them on other children provides over 40% reduction in carbon emissions, compared to the use of disposables.”


“In Australia, obviously we have to be very conscious of using our water efficiently but we have the significant benefit of the climate, which enables most Australians to air-dry throughout the year,” she continued.


Today’s reusable nappies bridge the gap between the cloth of by gone eras and disposables.  Reusables are increasingly produced with minimal impact from highly absorbent sustainable eco-friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.  Such fabrics are incredibly effective and soft for your baby to wear with the added convenience of being quick-drying, fitted like disposables or flat, with velcro, snappis or press-stud fasteners and no longer requiring soaking.



“Typically a baby will get through between 4000 and 6000 nappy changes before it is toilet trained, so when you consider the impact of this on the environment and the cost effectiveness of using reusables, it’s a win-win situation, not only for the environment but for your pocket too.”

“If you then go on to reuse these nappies on another child you create even greater savings and by adopting reusable nappies means that parents and carers are in control of the impact they have on the environment,” concludes Ms Westerman.




The Australian Nappy Network (ANN) is a non-profit organisation promoting the health, environmental and financial advantages of reusable nappies – more details can be found at   The ANN also organises the annual community education initiative Reusable Nappy Week,


An Updated Lifecycle Assessment Study for Disposable and Reusable Nappies Environment Agency, 17/10/2008, is an addendum to the Life Cycle Assessment of Disposable and Reusable Nappies in the UK, 2005, is published by the Environment Agency 17 October 2008 and is available to view in full on



To arrange an interview or for further information please contact

Lucy Westerman.


[1] CSIRO, ECOS, The Nappy Changers, April-May 2007, 136


ANN Media Release re: Updated Env Agency Report (.pdf download version)

Australian Nappy Network and Diaper Decisions are calling for sponsors for the 5th Cloth Nappy Hunt sponsored by Nip Naps. During the hunt in March we had over 1800 Hunters searching through the sponsors sites. That is a lot of potential customers that could be visiting your site and looking at your products.

Visit to find out more, and feel free to ask questions at

We are also looking for volunteers to help out with the running and organisation of the hunt. If you are willing/able to receive/answer emails and visit web sites to check how the sponsors are doing, please drop us a line Sep2008 at clothnappyhunt dot com (replace at and dot with @ and . )

There are busy busy times ahead in the coming months for the ANN and we need all hands on deck!

REUSABLE NAPPY WEEK – October 13th – 19th
It seems like AGES away, but these things creep up on us and bite us on the bum (excuse the pun) before we know it!!! If we want certain events, certain venues, certain activities, certain dates, we need to lock them in, Eddie.

The theme this year will be focussing on fashion in cloth nappies be it tie-dyed squares or the funkiest fitted or cuttest woolies.

The week will be essentially run by the ANN (Australian Nappy Network), and costs covered for ANN approved RNW activities. Those representing the ANN or running an event need to be a member of the ANN but non ANN volunteers can be involved as well.

Some ideas for the types of things that can be done are below, if you think that you can help organise any of these in your state, have some other event ideas or can you help in any way please contact your state co-ordinator  or come and join us on the ANN forum

Anyone willing to contact their local library about display space, and if they are willing to lend a nappy (or few) to the cause for a week, we can provide posters and flyers.

If you have a contact at your local council or would like to seek their support could be useful.

Perhaps a fashion show with some of the tots showing off some fancy funky naps… where? When? Who? How?

There will be a national approach regarding the media. Any tips/offers of help welcome.

We have previously organised some great workshops and would love the hear from anyone keen to share their nappy sewing knowledge and perhaps make snap presses available.


As said many times, you don’t need to commit to doing a stint on TV or a talk to 100 parents, a simple coffee catch up at a chid friendy cafe, or better still, a park, goes down really well and is fun for all. A display at a library is fantastic exposure and low maintenance.
We have PLI for any events that require it.

NORTHERN TERRITORY CO-ORDINATOR – We also require a co-ordinator for the Norther Territory

GREAT DOWN UNDER NAPPY HUNT – We will be needing some helpers to assist with Hunt organisation as well.