According to figures released by IBISWorld, Australians use around 5.6 million nappies per day. This means that over 2 billion used nappies go into landfill sites in Australia each year.
Boambee mother Jessica Smith has compiled research into the issue using online sources and from her own experience.
“You average 8-10 nappy changes per day, which in most cases ends up in landfill,” Mrs Smith said.
“Over 95% of Aussie parents still use disposable nappies today, either all the time or in conjunction with reusable nappies.”
Mrs Smith has recently launched her home based business “Little Cloth Kids” selling modern cloth nappies and accessories.
“Not only are the modern cloth nappies more environmentally friendly, but they can be more cost effective than disposable nappies,” said Mrs Smith.
Mrs Smith is trying to encourage this sustainable method of baby wear by making it more easily accessible for local parents.
“Most of these products are only available online, or when you travel to the major cities,” Mrs Smith said.
“I’m providing the Coffs Coast with a place to come see and feel the products for themselves.”
Little Cloth Kids is evolving to be a one stop shop for cloth nappy needs. They currently stock Bambooty, Green Kids, Grovia, Issy Bear, Ladybugs & Clover and Baby Bare products. They have a range of nappy styles and colours available including All in One’s, All in Twos, Pocket Nappies, Flat Nappies and Covers.
For more information, check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LittleClothKids
Mrs Smith received assistance from ETC’s Small Biz Connect Advisor Fiona Barden.
“It was great to have Fiona to talk to and explain everything to me, rather than having to read through all the resources out there,” Mrs Smith said.
“Sometimes it can be information overload, but Fiona pointed me in the right direction.”
If you’re thinking of starting up your own business and need some guidance, contact ETC Business today on (02) 6648 5400.