The second Casey Cloth Nappy Expo will be held just prior to Reusable Nappy Week 2009 to kick of the week’s activities in Victoria.  The event, incorporating ‘green kids’ – organic clothing and more – will be held on Saturday 10th October, 10am-4pm, Balla Balla Centre, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East. Entry is free!

The event includes:

– Cloth nappy stalls
–  Organic baby and children’s clothing
– Giveaways and vouchers
–  Door prizes
–  Children’s activities
and more!

Come and see modern cloth nappies – proudly presented by the City of Casey

For more information please contact the City of Casey on 03 9705 5200

TTY: 03 9705 5568 TIS: 131 450 (Translating and Interpreting Service) Website:

The Winter 2009 issue of ANN ezine “The Nappy Wrap” includes an article on Terry Squares, an introduction from our new Reusable Nappy Week Coordinator and a look at our winning Sponsors from the last Cloth Nappy Hunt.

You can download now it from our website.

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ANN MEDIA RELEASE – For immediate release


This year’s Real Nappy Campaign in the UK is advising parents to combat the credit crunch with real nappies. The UK Real Nappy Week (April 27 – May 3) coincides with an announcement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that Australia has followed the world into a recession. During a time of economic hardship, the use of cloth nappies has been proven to save families $2000 per child.

Increasingly, cloth nappies are being seen as an economical alternative to disposables and Australia’s Fourth Annual Reusable Nappy Week (RNW) will be held from the 13th to the 18th of October. RNW is an advocacy event, used to raise awareness of the benefits of cloth nappying.

Outgoing RNW coordinator, Lucy Westerman, says she has seen a significant shift in awareness of reusable options during her time as a volunteer for the Australian Nappy Network.

“In the 5 years I have had my children in nappies, I have seen an incredible increase in availability, quality and awareness about reusable nappies in Australia. Anecdotally, there has been a distinct resurgence in the use of reusable nappies, with so many wonderful fabric, design and budget choices available.”

“When considering everything, including transport and laundering,” says Westerman, “Choosing reusable nappies can cost a meager 5c per nappy change, as opposed to throwing away more than 50c per single use nappy.”

Rosa Bohan, mother of two from Dubbo believes there is no better time to switch to cloth. “The financial savings are enormous,” she says. “It makes such a difference to the family budget when you can save between $30 and $50 a week at the checkout, simply by using cloth for one or two children.”

A number of local councils around Australia are supporting the use of cloth within communities. The City of Casey in Victoria is offering rebates on the purchase of a reusable nappy system and the City of Melbourne offers free advice, information and support to parents who are considering the switch to cloth.

Last year, a study found that the use of cloth nappies can reduce carbon emissions by up to 40%. This, coupled with phenomenal savings and the ease of use of modern design cloth nappies, is effecting a shift in the way many Australian parents are choosing to nappy their children.

“When modern cloth nappies save thousands of dollars and require no pinning, soaking or folding, it’s getting harder for parents to find a good excuse to use disposables,” says Penrith mum, Emma Vieira. “Even working mums are finding that it’s just as easy to take cloth nappies to day care and run them through a quick wash in the evening.”

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, Real Nappy Week in the UK is being co-ordinated by


To arrange an interview, photo call or for further information please contact
Michelle Prince on 0404 309 370 or email Michelle.

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)