It’s a tricky thing, this being green and environmentally friendly. On a day-to-day level we can all turn off light bulbs, use Eco-friendly washing powder and washable nappies or Eco-disposable nappies on our babies. Clothes, however, seem to be a slightly different matter.
You see, when it comes to buying clothes we are torn by the compulsion of desire. Good design and quality manufacturing, coupled with good branding = a great product. It is very difficult to look beyond this even if you err on the, as Jeremy Clarkson would say, Ecomentalist side!
The challenge for clothing companies is, therefore, to make their clothes both desirable and as environmentally friendly as possible. Since we started Cut4Cloth (Now Frugi) 5 years ago, the number of retailers selling, and the quality of organic cotton clothes they sell has increased dramatically.
Gone are the itchy-scratch hippy dippy garments of the past, replaced by beautifully designed quality clothes.
This is a good thing. It means that more people will buy organic, because the clothes are desirable. For many, the ethical aspect is an added bonus.
What needs to happen is for all manufacturing and retailing to operate in as an environmentally friendly fashion as possible. Then, by default, consumers will be buying ‘green’ without knowing it.
Then we can all look ‘cool’ in our amazing ‘threads’…man, without having to do any tie-dying whatsoever. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that you understand….phew )
That dude, Kurt Jewson
Yep, we’re talking about cloth nappies again! It’s a good topic for us, and we can waffle on about it for hours… They’re cute, they’re fluffy, they’re eco-friendly, and they’re economical too. That’s why we love them.
We’ve found a few good websites full of information about all the different types of cloth nappies out there: poppered nappies, pre-folds, pocket nappies, fitted…. the list goes on and the jargon is endless. So, here’s one such website, a good ol’ blog that’ll help make sense of some of the cloth nappy labyrinth – http://www.babiesnappies.co.uk has loads of helpful hints and generally makes things a little bit clearer on the eco-front.
We’re starting a section on the Frugi website for all Lucy’s Rants – she always has something to say about all things eco (in fact, she generally has something to say on anything and trying to get a word in is pretty impossible!) but in her cloth nappies vs disposable nappies rant you’ll find plenty of facts and figures that’ll make the decision of whether to go down the cloth or disposable nappy route a bit easier!
If you’re already a cloth nappy addict, let us know your favourites…
When Lucy first had the idea to start a company selling clothes that would fit over cloth nappies, I must admit that I was a little dubious. I would go so far as to say that, right at the very start, I humoured her somewhat saying things like, “Yes darling, that’s a great idea. You carry on reading all the cloth nappy forums and making postings and do your research and then we’ll talk”. Well, my bluff was called a bit wasn’t it?
Being a bloke, clothes to me are a bit more function than form. Late nights talking cloth nappies, baby clothes, fat bums, gussets etc were not really my ‘bag’…man. Then we started talking land fill and how cloth nappies are better than disposables and the environmental implications and I began to have the seeds of interest. (Just the seeds you realise, not the whole Jack and the Beanstalk).
We’d been using cloth nappies with Tom, but I’d never really dug into the depths of the rationale behind it. I did the whole path of least resistance thing and just nodded my head, as I still do, to every suggestion Lucy makes (getting into a debate with her about anything is sure to end in humiliating defeat as annoyingly she’s mostly right…grrrrr!). But it made sense, and cloth nappies are apparently quite cool amongst the 30 – something modern man (as I think I am? – Ok don’t laugh). However, it did take me a while to get into the tonging skiddy nappies into the washing machine ritual. The phrase “Like #### to a blanket” never seemed more appropriate. And we coined the phrase “Ro Ro” for one of those more solid presents that skip merrily from the nappy down the loo, without any bowl scraping flushing action involved. (Those that use cloth nappies will know exactly what I mean).
So, what am I saying here? Well, cloth nappies are close to our hearts – metaphorically. Cut4Cloth was started to solve a problem and it will remain an integral part of what Frugi is all about. After all, I owe a great deal to cloth nappies. Without them I wouldn’t be sitting here blogging away to who knows who, discussing poo, the environment and my place in the marital hierarchy.
Yes, cloth nappies have indeed made my life complete 😉
There’s a lot of debate surrounding the topic of cloth nappies and whether they really are more environmentally friendly than disposables? Well, it is a bit of a can of worms, and we’ll cover the eco aspect of cloth nappies in time. But for now it might be worth mentioning how much money they can save….
From birth to potty (taking an average of about two and a half years young) using cloth nappies will cost you approximately £400 and that includes laundry costs. Compare that to around £1200 for disposable nappies for two and a half years. You could have had triplets in cloth nappies for two and a half years for the same price. Not bad, eh?