The Australian Nappy Association (ANA) was formed in 2014 by a group of cloth nappy industry folks. The ANA is a collection of cloth nappy advocates that work collaboratively to grow the use of reusable nappies. Cloth nappies really opened my eyes to a whole world of reusable products and they act as the gateway reusable product for many new parents.
Predominantly made up of retailers or manufacturers, there are also industry supporters, like me. You may think that the retailers are market competitors, and technically they are. But this advocacy groups acts in the interests of widening cloth nappy usage in Australia through education, research, guidance and the provision of practical information.
There are a number of resources available to parents, the general public and industry professionals. Some of them include:
- Cloth nappy washing instructions
- Cloth nappy fitting tips
- Cloth in Childcare Ambassador pack with information for parents to talk to their daycare about cloth nappy use and information for the daycare centre staff.
- Get Into Cloth Kits made up of sample reusable nappy products to help midwives and other educators explain cloth nappy usage to staff, parents and the general public.
- Workshop Information Packs to assist people in running cloth nappy workshops and demonstrations.
- Links and articles relating to the environmental impacts of disposable nappies and advantages of reusable alternatives.
How do I help?
I contribute to blog posts that focus on reusable alternatives and general strategies for living more gently and provide input in relation to education and awareness materials. With a background in HR, retail training, leadership management, and foundations in training and development I also wear my eco blogger, mother-of-two hat. I offer a different perspective and gain valuable insights from a group of inspiring small business owners. There is an inherent group respect and each discussion leads with positive intent. The group is dependent on an openness to share experiences in order to collectively progress the cloth nappy industry standards. I get in and spread the cloth nappy word at various events such as The Green Heart Fair, expos, and The Great Diaper Change world record attempt.
What do I gain?
For me, the biggest benefit is watching a group of inspiring small business owners shape the face of the cloth nappy industry in Australia. There are different levels of membership with a number of benefits included, such as business growth webinars, social media advice and so on.
Find out more…
If you are interested in supporting the Australian Nappy Association, becoming a member or taking advantage of the resources head to their website and subscribe to their newsletter. There are a number of promotions throughout the year that not only raise cloth nappy usage in fun and creative ways, they offer parents the chance to win cloth nappy products that have been supplied by the group retailers, manufacturers and supporters.
My own children are no longer wearing nappies and I miss the nappies a little. Due to their close age I had them both in cloth at the same time for a good six months. I spent hours hanging out nappies on the washing line. It was time I’d spend alone. The repetitive task gave me time to collect my thoughts and escape for a while. There is something beautiful about a clothesline full of cloth nappies flapping in the breeze and not contributing to landfill or having to dash out to buy disposables were darn good benefits too. I’ll continue to be a cloth nappy advocate for quite some time…