With becoming a parent comes a whole new set of responsibilities (and sleepless nights.) It also means thinking about the environmental impact of parenthood, all those dirty nappies and clothes that become too small thrown away.
First of all I bought a load of Tots Bots Bamboozle stretch cloth nappies second hand online, I wasn't sure how I would get on with these so I didn't want to spend a lot. I also got some of the flushable silk liners which means that if you get on with them you are sending 0 waste to landfill. Once I started using them though I didn't get on with them, they were bulky, Matilda didn't seem to like them and they were no good for when you were leaving the house as you would have to carry a bag of wet nappies around with you so I ended up giving up on them. I think with persistence and perseverance though they could be right for some people. Since I will not be using them I will be donating them via www.thenappylady.co.uk to someone that wants to use them that is on a low income. The Nappy Lady also gives great advice on choosing the right kind of cloth nappy for you.
(Left totsbots bamboozle stretch and peenut wraps. Right Naty nappies and nappy bags.)
Although I wasn't going to be using cloth nappies I still wanted to find an alternative to the standard supermarket plastic nappy. This led to me discovering www.Naty.com a Swedish based company that uses natural and renewable materials to make their nappies. (The full list of which you can find here) Their wipes and nappy bags are 100% biodegradable and compostable and there's even 100% compostable sanitary pads for mum, baby lotions and oils made from natural materials and organic cotton childrens clothes. At the same price as all the other nappy brands it is a great alternative to the leading brands!
All her clothes at the moment have either been presents from friends and family, hand me downs from her cousin and our friends with babies or bought by me second hand in charity shops and online from Ebay and Depop. I see no need to buy her new clothes at the moment as she is growing out of things so quickly. Once she has grown out of her clothes there is a charity called Baby Basics who provide "much needed essentials and equipment to mothers and families who are unable to provide these items for themselves; particularly those from displaced people groups and those seeking asylum."
When it comes to toys she only has what people have bought her as presents so far but when shes a bit older fellow BAFTS (british association of fairtrade shops and suppliers) member www.lankakade.co.uk sell super cute traditional style wooden toys made by family enterprises in Sri Lanka.
The bag that we use for a nappy bag is our 'Hey Jude Holdall', with multiple pockets its the perfect size for all the essentials, it will fit, 10 x nappies, a roll of nappy bags, packet of baby wipes, muslin square, 2 x bibs, spare outfit and babygrow, comforter and a couple of toys, umbrella, suncream, bottle and bottle of ready made milk.
As part of our Carnival Collection the Hey Jude Holdall is made from factory offcut leather making each one unique in finish and colour. These offcut bags have less impact on the environment, reduce waste and help create work in the developing world. They are created by over 60 skilled families that lost their jobs when the leather shoe trade moved to China. They are not made using child or forced labour, all staff are paid fairly and given flexible working hours.
These bags are durable and use a timeless design in protest against our disposable fashion industry.
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