Taranaki Daily News
By DAVID FAIREY
Friday, 12 January 2007
(image: MARK DWYER/Taranaki Daily News)
Babies Liley Biesiek (left), Thomas McKegney (centre) and Amani Colgan (right) model some of the new cloth nappies which their mothers say are more efficient and economical than disposable varieties.
Mothers absorbed in new waste control fashion
They're never too young to make a fashion statement.
This year's nappy fashions include breathable, colourful fabrics, bows and stripes and hemp and bamboo-fibre padding in the derriere.
Several New Plymouth mothers, concerned with the environmental and health problems associated with disposable nappies, are designing and making washable nappies with new, funky, hi-tech materials.
The mums all agree the nappies perform better.
They say hemp inserts are very absorbent, while bamboo provides a natural anti-bacterial and is very soft.
Although the nappies can cost up to $32 each, all the mothers agree there are long-term cost savings compared with disposable nappies, and they are quick to point out the nappies can be resold.
Disposable nappy prices range from 39 cents to 72 cents each.
Joanna Pittwood, who is expecting twins in April, is keen to try the new style nappies and intends to try them.
The women meet monthly for a "nappucino" and to discuss their latest designs and fashions.
"Every disposable nappy ever buried in a New Zealand landfill will still be there to this day," Jenny Brown said.
Recent statistics suggest disposable nappies make up 2.7 per cent of solid waste matter at New Zealand refuse sites.
The new-tech nappies are available at specialist baby stores, which are also reporting a comeback of the traditional cotton nappy.