Through using cloth nappies, a parent can save over $5000 and over 1,700kgs of landfill, per child. Now that’s a conversation worth having.
Disposable nappies may appeal to ease the burden on new parents, but it’s the planet that pays the true cost of this convenience. Roughly 20 billion disposable nappies are landfilled each year, with each nappy dependent child estimated to produce 1,700 kilos of landfill waste. In Australia and New Zealand, around 3.75 million disposable nappies are used every single day.
These nappies are usually made of a mix of materials such as wood cellulose, polyethylene plastic, nylon, polyester, polypropylene and polyacrylate. Because of the synthetic chemicals and high plastic content, it can take disposable nappies up to 500 years to degrade. In fact, the first single-use nappies released some 70 years ago still remain in landfills today.
Nappies in landfill are also responsible for emitting methane, a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
So what is the alternative?
Cloth nappies are still the most environmentally friendly option. And this is where Be Bliss Baby comes in.
“I was always planning on using cloth nappies on my children,” says Be Bliss Baby founder Tahli Watts. “But when I started investigating the options, I was so confused with what I was supposed to buy, what I needed and how much I should pay.”
After purchasing some cloth nappies and using them on her daughter, Tahli realised how easy and cost-effective cloth nappies were. “I wanted to try and make using and buying modern cloth nappies, easy and fun for others. Hence, Be Bliss Baby was born,” she explains.
Launched in early 2019, Be Bliss Baby produces high-quality, modern cloth nappies and reusable accessories that are fuss-free and easy to use, are quick drying, affordable and are chic in design. Serving the busy, 21st century conscious parent is a part of the brand’s DNA.
Be Bliss Baby nappies are made with eco-friendly materials and are comfortable and safe for baby and toddler bottoms. The nappy shell has three layers of materials: waterproof outer made from organic bamboo, microfibre middle layer and bamboo terry lining.
“If we don’t start to recognise the impact disposable nappies are making, we are going to choke this planet as every single disposable nappy ever produced is still sitting in landfill.” – Tahli Watts, founder of Be Bliss Baby
Rather than using heavy materials and fasteners in its designs, its cloth nappies feature simple press studs that adjust for a one-size-fits-most fit, and can fit children up to three years old.
The business also strives to make the process as simple as possible for first-time cloth nappy users. Reflecting on her own experience and anxious feelings, Tahli shares, “I personally found the prints on lots of modern cloth nappies to be distracting and confusing for first time users and a lack of explanation out in the marketplace.
“I also didn’t receive much support or good advice when trying to learn how to use modern cloth nappies.”
As a result, Be Bliss Baby offers nappy covers in solid pastel colours and is the only modern cloth nappy that allows personalisation by having a child’s name or initials printed on the nappy. A great gift for parents and expecting mums.
The waterproof outer makes cleaning easy. The microfibre insert is useful for absorbing urine and bamboo liners can be used to catch solid matter. The business also offers hemp and bamboo charcoal inserts for extra capacity, absorbency and durability.
Now while the use of cloth nappies will require detergents, water and energy to launder, they still tend to be more planet-friendly than disposable (if line drying and using natural detergents), and works out to be much more economical, plus can easily just fit into your current washing regime.
Research shows that a child can use up to 8,000 single-use nappies prior to being toilet trained, costing upwards of $5,000+ per child. Compare that with the cost of a bulk six-pack of reusable Be Bliss Baby Baby Nappy Covers at just $99 and the cost saving is undeniable.
“Even using one cloth nappy a day can make a big difference to our planet and to your wallet,” says Tahli. “It doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. For $20 – which is less than a packet of disposables – you can buy one nappy and just try the process. You would be amazed with how easy and rewarding it is.”
The business also offers a variety of related baby products such as Natural Swim Nappies, the Munch Smock, Wet Nappy Bags, Bamboo Nursing Pads, and other accessories a parent will need to make changing their child’s cloth nappy smooth and painless.
Asked what the highlights of running her business are, Tahli responds, “Knowing that every time someone purchases a pack of my nappies, together we are literally saving thousands of tonnes of landfill. I also love hearing from parents that I have converted from using disposables who are now loving their cloth nappy journey.”
A single Be Bliss Baby cloth nappy is priced from $19.99; buy in bulk and receive a discount. To learn more or to make a purchase, visit www.beblissbaby.com.
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