If you have finished the cloth nappy journey with your own children you might find yourself with a stash that may still effectively cover a little bottom. Others might be ready to retire. There are a number of options you can consider.
1. Donate. If you would like to donate nappies it is worth contacting the group or organisation first to check on shipment dates or specific needs.
2. Giveaway. I raised a few eyebrows when I gave a girlfriend preloved cloth nappies at a baby shower. Over high tea, I explained the basics of using them.
3. Sell. Who would have thought the second hand market for preloved cloth nappies was so popular? There are the usual online sites (eBay, Gumtree) or you may prefer to sell to a specific nappy group or buy/sell/swap group. There are a number of these on Facebook created by location (Country) or by manufacturer.
4. Repurpose. There are many things you can do or make from old school terry flats. Many families continue to use them as cleaning cloths. I’ve made a change table mat cover and toddler pillow covers (a pillow slip goes over it).
5. Compost. Natural fabrics can be composted. Remove any snaps/clips, labels or materials that are not compost friendly.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Be realistic about the condition of your nappies. They may not be fit to sell, but ensure they are fit for reuse. It is a waste of time, energy and resources to donate cloth nappies that have passed their prime and should really go in a compost bin.
- Some will accept nappies and some will accept monetary donations.
- Most are based overseas or distribute to 3rd world countries because that is where the need is.
Here are a couple of places that will accept cloth nappies
Nappies on a mission
Location: Based in Northern Territory, Australia this group sends nappies to East Timor.
About: Donated nappies are repaired (if needed) and sent to 3rd world countries.
Recipients: Children homes, villages
Donations: cloth nappies.
Contact: Robyn Sage
Located: Chiang Mai, Thailand.
About: Agape Home is for babies with HIV/AIDS. Many of the children who come to the Agape Home to live are, or are at risk of being, HIV positive. Many of them have already lost their parents to AIDS.
Recipients: Babies and children in Agape Home
Donations: Cloth nappies, money
Cradle of Love Baby Home
Located: Tanzania, Africa.
About: Many women die in pregnancy or when giving birth leaving a needy infant. This home cares for orphaned or abandoned babies with HIV.
Recipients: Babies and children in the home
Donations: cloth nappies, money, monthly sponsorship, food, clothes, formula
Located: Based in Victoria, Australia, this group has collection points everywhere. They provide items to Fiji Solomon Islands, Tonga, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Bali, New Zealand, Kashmir , Australia.
About: The main focus of Uplift Project is to provide bras to women in need all over the world. Often these women are mothers with children in need to.
They accept bras, books, odd socks, sanitary products, underwear, baby blankets, and swimwear. Check the website for current needs.
Recipients: Women, girls, children
Donations: clothing, cloth nappies, money.
All Things Diapers – MN cloth diaper donation center
About: So we have started a drop in cloth diaper donation center that lends cloth diapers to lower income families.
Website: www.allthingsdiapers.com – donations page
Cloth for a cause
About: A group of Canadian mothers striving to provide quality, sustainable cloth nappies to struggling families. They call themselves a cloth lending service – lending to families in the hopes that they will return them to us in good condition when they no longer need them so they can continue to help other families. They also provide information on how to use them and help parents troubleshoot cloth nappy use.
Donations: cloth nappies, cloth nappy repair equipment/fabrics, volunteer time, money, sponsorship.
If you know of others please feel free to contact us and I can update this list.