Little Changes are a Big Deal: Why Reusable Cloth Nappies Don’t Have to be All or Nothing


By Hannah Schenker

As the birth of my first baby approaches, it’s time to start thinking about nappies. Disposable or reusable? At first, that’s a bit of a no-brainer – reusable of course! I don’t want to be contributing to our beautiful planet’s chronic plastic problem, especially after seeing all the super cute reusable Modern Cloth Nappies (MCNs) available these days! However, it is quite daunting – there seems to be so much to learn! But does it need to be all or nothing? Does it really need to be cloth OR disposables? How about both/and?

We as consumers have a lot placed on our shoulders these days in terms of reducing our environmental impact – a challenge many of us are embracing wholeheartedly, or as much as we are able. While the real changes should also come from the big businesses themselves (i.e, stop producing all this plastic that we then have to deal with!), these smaller changes we make in our daily lives away from single-use plastics to reusable products can only be a good thing in the long run. But for many of us living busy, modern lives, this challenge can also be a bit overwhelming, including when it comes to cloth nappies. 

Let’s change the narrative to include more people. You can use reusable cloth nappies full time, for sure! If that works for you, go for it and we’ll all cheer you on because: amazing! But you can also use cloth nappies part-time, or sometimes, and you will still be making a difference.

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