Monday, May 24, 2010

Eco Moon - Facebook Page :)

So I'm clearly not much of a blogger.
Here's the link to Eco Moon's facebook page .. I'll be there nothing short of weekly .. promise!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Environmental Responsibility

We are living in a age where goods are designed for immediate convenience. The modern media is a powerful persuasive tool in providing people with all the reasons a product is needed. Unlike product advertisements, information about the longer term implications of consumer choice is not often in the forefront of mainstream media. This means only selected information is reaching public awareness.

Think about the term 'disposable nappy'. Now ask yourself, what is so dispoable about a nappy that takes an estimated 500 years to break down? It cannot be flushed down the loo, and the chemical makeup of the product renders it too toxic to compost. Every used 'disposable' nappy is sitting in landfill somewhere ~ with the exception of those that have been burnt, leaving toxic residues to pollute our atmosphere.

Next, consider the human waste that is also disposed of in this way. It is in fact raw sewage that leaks from 'disposable' nappies in landfill sites, resulting in the contamination of groundwater and soil. The spreading of disease, particularly when the faeces contain live bacterium and viruses (due to illness or vaccinations), is becoming an ever-more present threat to modern day society in the realm of health.

The packaging of such 'disposable' nappies usually state that solid waster must be disposed of in the toilet first, before putting the nappy itself in a bin. As this takes away much of the convenience of the product, this information is not heavily promoted. Furthermore, as not all poo is solid (and some baby diarrhoea and newborn poo is thin enough to be absorbed into the core of the nappy), the problem is actually with the product itself, rather than incorrect use.

So next time your baby does a poo, think carefully. How will you deal with it?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

About Baby Wipes

So if you are going all out with this cloth nappy thing you probably aren't into those chemical cocktails too-many parents use on their bubs delicate skin.

The MCN alternative is a cloth wipe. Usually 20cm x 20cm square, funky flannel print on one side and soft terry, bamboo or cotton jersey on the other. Simply wet the wipe and clean bub gently with water after wees or poos. Warm water is nicer, especially for newbies :)

A small wetbag can be handy for keep pre-moistened wipes in for outings.
If water isn't enough for your bubs nappy messes you may be interested in a cloth wipes blend.
Eco Moon stocks one that is oraganic castille in a pump pack. Just spray a little straight onto bubs pooey bum (comes out like hair mousse) and wipe up the mess with a cloth wipe. Done!
What could be easier?

Nappy Liners .. Why?

A nappy liner is designed to lay between bubs skin and the nappy.
Usually about 30cm x 12cm for daytime, and a contoured nappy shape for night time.

Polar fleece is popular .. it wicks moisture to the core of the nappy leaving bub feeling dry and helping prevent nappy rash. As well as protecting your nappies, it is easier to clean. Even messy poo slides off fleece easily (I like to hold the liner over the toilet and flush).

Raw silk liners have natural healing properties and have been known to heal nappy rash and sooth skin. It is antifungal and antibacterial for up to 200 washes (many say more!). They have wicking qualities to a lesser degree than fleece.

Flushable nappy liners are great for outings, or when bub is sick with the runs. The whole liner can be flushed down any loo system or pit, which means no more carrying poo around in your nappy bag! My prefered brand is made from 98% unbleached paper pulp and 2% viscose.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Your New Night Nappies

So you've got your brand new sandman night nappies .. now what?
First thing is to put them in the wash with your other nappies .. after drying they will be ready to use. However, the full absorbency of the fabric will be experienced after 3-4 washes. The nappy fabric was pre-washed, but will find the nappy will shrink a little too.

A lanolised soaker is best for over night nappies, as it is completely breathable and waterproof -  not to mention gorgeous! Wool can hold up to 4O% of it's own weight in fluid before it feels wet.

When boosting night nappies, the extra layers are best added to the outside of the nappy,  in between the nappy and cover.  Otherwise leg gapes may cause leakage.

If you can, wait until bub has fallen asleep before changing her/him into the sandy. Just so that last wee for the day is in the nappy bucket.  If baby is still feeding a lot through the night you may find you need to change it during the night. How many wees a sandy can hold depends on a few things. But lets just say that I know they can hold an older toddler heavy-wetter wee first thing in the morning - now that says something!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Winter is Here ..

Well certainly getting cold here .. the fact that we are heading south for the winter is starting to hit me!  Been hunting for warm natural thermals  ..

Thought I'd share a few tips about nappy care in winter. The cold weather can make fabric drying somewhat difficult, can't it? It is often a time of year when lovers of soft fluffy bamboo nappies, leave them still wet on the line in favour of ye olde hemp. Yes, hemp is a more dense and potentially crunchy fabric .. but fleece liners are so snuggy against them, and hemp just dries so quick in comparison! But perhaps this is just another excuse to stock up on yumi bamboo!! lol In winter I have found that putting the load of nappies on in the evening before bed, then pegging them out first thing in the morning to give the fabrics maximum time to dry. In the late arvo before the real evening chill sets in, I bring them to the inside by-the-fire-line to dry them completely. I found drying them only in front of the heater made the fabrics stiffer over time. Never use fabric softeners on your nappies. Tho, these days there are natural fabric conditioners appearing in health shops more and more. Such products are best used sparingly on your nappies. The same effect can be achieved by throwing them in the dryer for 5-1O minutes after bringing them in from the line. You may be using a dryer all the time? Remember that their lifespan will be reduced. This is because the dryer strips the outer layer of fabric, as you can see in your lint tray xX Having lots of little boosters may be easier to dry than big chunky ones this time of year. Tis the season for fleecey and wooly covers .. I love B's woollen longies - they are a pajama pant and waterproof nappy cover in one! It's a pity she just grew out of them .. at least we got two winters out of them. xX Suzi

Monday, June 29, 2009

NEW funky fleece nappy covers.  Soft, snuggy and warm. Designed for prefolds and fitted nappies, with extra layers of fleece in the gusset to prevent compression leaks.
Size small - fits 4kg-9kg

First row - funky flowers, purple, red, sage
Second - brown bears, moo cow, yellow bears, pastel rainbow

$15 each not inc post .. xX