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: http://www.casey.vic.gov.au

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 Fairhttp://www.totaltravel.com.au/link.asp?fid=1064214
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
http://www.naragebup.org.au/index.php?PageID=24
The festival will take place on the 28th and 29th of March, 10am – 5pm

Perth Sun Fair
UWA – Sunday 5th April 2009
http://www.perthsunfair.com.au/
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 http://www.greenfest.com.au
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 http://www.ittibitti.com.au/ is donating $15000 worth of nappy products and co-ordinating their distribution with an aid agency 
Nurture Nappies http://www.nurturenappies.com.au.com/ is distributing nappy care packages
Baby BeeHinds http://www.babybeehinds.com.au/ have made a direct cash donation to the Red Cross fire appeal
Nappycino http://www.nappycino.com.au/forum/ is co-ordinating a nappy drive to collect nappies for families identifed as in need
Ozebaby http://ozebaby.com.au/store/202 hosting auctions to raise funds
Cloth Pads Shop http://bushfire.clothpadshop.com/hosting auctions to raise funds
Minicuteture http://www.minicuteture.com.au/ hosting auctions to raise funds
Yarn Collective http://www.yarncollective.com/ hosting auctions to raise funds
Gossamer Dreams http://www.gossamerdreams.com.au/ auctions with funds raised being donated to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal
Wahmnaps http://www.wahmnaps.com/store.php?VS=87 hosting auctions with funds raised donated to CFA
Baby safari http://www.babysafari.com.au/ 30% of all our sales will go to Bushfire Appeals.
Cherubs Kiss http://www.ozebaby.com.au/store/5 auction with funds raised being donated to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal
Nappies Covered http://www.nappiescovered.com.au co-ordinated a sew up of baby blankets, snugglies and face washers with all materials donated by the store.
Twinkle Lily http://www.twinklelily.com/ 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Oz Baby Trends http://www.ozbabytrends.com.au/ 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 http://www.brindabellababy.com.au/node/2395 donating 20% of all sales from February to the Red Cross for bushfire relief
Bizy Bee Nappies http://www.wahmnaps.com/store.php?VS=5 10% of money from the night nappies will be donated to red cross for the Vic Bush Fire Appeal
CGR Design http://www.cgrdesign.com.au auction with all monies going directly to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Cushie Tushies http://www.cushietushies.com.au/ 20% off coutures, with all profits from sales being donated to Red Cross and RSPCA bushfire appeals
Cinderella’s Stash http://cinderellas-stash.au.com/shop/ 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 http://www.cupcakecouture.com.au/ donating $5 from every item purchased until further notice
Green Kids http://www.greenkids.com.au/ have made a direct cash donation to the Red Cross fire appeal
Darlings Down Under http://www.darlingsdownunder.com.au/ 10% of sales from 11th &12th Feb donated to Bushfire Appeal
Ladybug Loops http://www.minicuteture.com.au/store.php?SS=19 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 http://www.minicuteture.com.au/store/2 holding a charity auction and donating proceeds from March 1st stocking
Mandy Mac http://www.mandymac.com.au/ 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 http://wahmnaps.com/store.php?VS=12 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 http://www.lalababy.com.au/ 50% of profits from the sales of all remaining stock will be donated to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal
Picanini http://www.clothpadshop.com/about.php?T=about_store&VS=13 proceeds of auctions being donated towards the Victorian Bushfire appeal.
Obsidian Star http://www.obsidianstar.com.au and http://obsidianstar.clothpadshop.com 10% of all sales to bush fire relief funds
Sugar Shots http://www.shop.sugarshots.com.au/ auctioning products to raise funds
The Crafty Caterpillar http://www.thecraftycaterpillar.com.au/ donating 20% of all sales to the Red Cross
TB Cards http://www.tbcards.com.au/ 50% of all profits made from sales placed between 10 February and 13 February will be donated directly the the Bushfire Appeal
Virgo Knits http://www.ozebaby.com.au/store.php?SS=24 knitting special pouches/bags for Animal Refuge Centres in Victoria and ditributing free pattern to other knitters
Poppy bean and bloss http://www.poppybeanandbloss.com.au/donating hand made toys to The Toy Society for distribution to fire affected children

The United Kingdom’s Environment Agency (Government) has released an updated Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) Study for Disposable and Reusable Nappies using 2006 reference points (as opposed to outdated ones from 2004).

The new report reiterates what reusable nappy users have maintained since modern fabrics and washing methods have been adopted, that reusable nappies are better for the environment than disposable nappies, by up to a staggering 40%.

The report says that washing reusable nappies in full loads in energy efficient machines, on 40°C then line drying and reusing on future children uses only 370kg carbon dioxide equivalents over 2.5 years in nappies. Conversely, using disposable nappies for the same period releases 550kg carbon dioxide equivalents to the atmosphere (nearly double). The report’s findings will encourage all parents to adpot best practice laundering and care methods as advocated by modern users of reusable nappies, the Australian Nappy Network and explained at the FAQ section of Oz Cloth Nappies.

The full report can be downloaded here: An updated lifecycle assessment study for disposable and reusable nappies 

(If the link above does not open the page hosting the fully updated report, us the search publications function and search for the term ‘nappies’ – note, you are looking for the updated report)

Read the Australian Nappy Network (Aus) Media Release

Read the Women’s Environment Network (WEN – UK) Press Release on the Updated Report

Real the Real Nappy Campaign (UK) Media Release on the Updated Report

For media discussion of the updated LCA please read here:

Daily Telegraph UK Nappies: terry cloth more environmentally friendly than disposable

MRW: Cloth nappies can save 40% carbon emissions, EA report reveals

The Herald (UK) Revealed: using reusable nappies best for the environment

The Herald (UK) Washable Nappies Can HelpFamilies Stay Green… and Cut Costs