Waste Free Parenting

Getting to the bottom of the nappy problem

  • Zerowaste New Zealand provides information on the environmental impact of disposable and cloth nappies.    A baby may use up to 6,000 nappies   This results in about 1.9% of domestic waste being made up of disposable nappies, which will take a very long time to degrade in a landfill and give off climate-warming methane gas as they decay.

    “Disposable Nappies: Are They Stinking Up Our Planet?”, an article in Australian Science, gives numbers on disposable nappy use, lists key environmental issues and discusses alternatives such as cloth nappies, biodegradable disposable nappies, hybrid nappies, and alternatives for sanitary waste processing.

    The pros and cons of the reusable vs disposable debate are summed up in an easy-to-read 2011 article by Sarah Langi.

    The Nappy Lady

    'The Nappy Lady', Kate Meads, travels around New Zealand working with councils and other groups to promote and educate people  on  the use of modern cloth nappies. 

Bums on workshop seats 

The Nappy Network website shows that there have been a variety of styles available in cloth nappies for the past decade. See contacts listed below.

Wide range of modern cloth nappies available

The Baby Factory

Baby on the Move

Bitti Bums

Cherub Tree

Brolly Sheets

The Cloth Nappy Company

Nappy Heaven

Real Nappies

Nappy Days


Punga Tails


Trade Me offers a selection of new and used cloth nappies.