2018 Earth Day Campaign to end Single Use Plastics

Blog post provided by Jannine Barron, founder of Nature’s Child

4 Reasons to switch to reusables instead of using disposables and plastics

1 – COST: The average family spends $5000 + on disposable nappies and wipes in the first 3yrs of a child’s life. That’s the price of a great family holiday, a weekly cleaner for a year, a massage every week for a year or staying at home instead of working for a month or more.

2 – INGREDIENTS: Disposable Baby Products have a cocktail of ingredients that are not verified as safe by anyone before they are sold on a shelf in Australia. Check your nappies, breast pads, change mats, bibs and baby wipes for fragrance, preservatives and other ingredients. Check their safety status yourself rather than trust the manufacturer by visiting https://www.ewg.org/ or https://chemicalmaze.com/  Alternatively, use reusable products where you don’t need to worry about ingredients.

3 – FEEL – Reusable baby products FEEL great to use. Parents report an alarming feeling of satisfaction and joy when using products they are not throwing in the bin and saving lots of money. They are soft against our skin, are easy to use despite convenience claims otherwise and have no ingredients to be concerned about.

4 – WASTE: Fake green marketing would have you believe that your brand of disposable nappies are biodegradable but there is not such thing as biodegradable nappies. Parts of “eco nappies” are biodegradable but they all end up in landfill because there is no way to biodegrade “part” of a nappy. No matter how biodegradable a disposable item is, it still creates waste and sits in landfill unless it is disposed of thoughtfully in commercial compost conditions. Check with you local council if they do this. You would be surprised how many councils collect recycling but then have to send it to landfill. Disposable Nappy waste varies from council to council but can be as great as 15% for some councils. Just to put this in perspective, plastic bags are 2% of a council waste landfill.

2018 Earth Day Campaign to end Single Use Plastics

When it comes to plastic bags, straws and coffee cups, we are all happy to do our bit to eliminate single-use plastics. But when it comes to baby products, the issue is super sensitive. Those of us campaigning against them are often attacked as putting pressure on parents who don’t have much time. Personally, I think it is a way bigger pressure to ask parents to spend $5000+ per child as it is a financial drain. Most parents who give cloth nappies and wipes a go, find it easy and fun.

When we consider the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems from poisoning and injuring marine life to the presence of plastics in our food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening our planet’s survival.

This year, Earth Day International is campaigning to End Plastic Pollution.  The goal is to end single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100% recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behaviour concerning plastics.

How Nature’s Child Products Fit into this picture

Shocked by the volume of plastic and waste in the baby industry, Jannine Barron started Nature’s Child, Australia’s First Organic Baby Store in the year 2000.

“We started the new millennium with a very important environmental mission. To provide alternative, beautiful, cheaper baby products instead of the wasteful, disposable culture that still dominates the baby products industry ” says Jannine.  

Nature’s Child is on an eco mission with their organic baby products. They have a clear message. Say no to single use baby products and save yourself a small fortune.

 Nature’s Child offers organic cotton cloth nappies, organic cotton baby wipes and organic breast pads for new mums. “These products are non toxic, nicer to use, softer on the skin and save thousands of dollars” says owner Jannine Barron.