Margaret River mum to share sustainable know-how

Rebecca Simmonds - pictured with baby Ivy - will facilitate the Real Cloth Nappy Workshops around the region next week.
Rebecca Simmonds - pictured with baby Ivy - will facilitate the Real Cloth Nappy Workshops around the region next week.

A Margaret River mum with a passion for sustainable living solutions will host a series of workshops aimed at demonstrating how local parents can incorporate cloth nappies into their households.

Rebecca Simmonds said the idea to share her own experiences came to her after seeing many parents struggling to fit their disposable nappies in the new, smaller red household bin.

"When I was pregnant with my first baby, we lived on a lovely bush block with no bin pick up service," she said. "The idea of having a bin full of stinky nappies and juggling extra tip runs with a newborn was not appealing!

"I also read that it can take up to 500 years for a disposable to break down in landfill. I was shocked and decided straight away I didn't want to contribute to that."

Mother to toddler Ari and baby Ivy, Ms Simmonds said using cloth nappies did not mean hours of extra work.

Ivy Stephens checks out one of the new style cloth nappies.

Ivy Stephens checks out one of the new style cloth nappies.

"I think people overestimate how much work goes into washing the nappies," she said. "People are often surprised to learn you don't need to spend hours slaving away in your laundry soaking or scrubbing. I really think people believe it's much harder than it actually is."

Ms Simmonds said her motivation was not to cast judgement on people who relied on disposable nappies, but that she was keen to educate those interested in making the change in any way they could.

"I think it's important for people to realise around 2 billion disposables end up in landfill in Australia each year," she said.

"Even just going cloth part time will make a huge positive impact on your contribution to landfill. It also works out far cheaper to use cloth nappies. Even taking into account your initial outlay costs to get set up, you will save thousands of dollars.

Cloth nappies come in a range of sizes, materials, designs and levels of absorption for day wear, night time use and even swimming.

Cloth nappies come in a range of sizes, materials, designs and levels of absorption for day wear, night time use and even swimming.

"Cloth nappies also come in so many beautiful patterns and prints. They're much more beautiful to look at than the old style terry towels I grew up in. They're also much easier to use.

"Cloth nappy manufacturer Baby Beehinds got wind of the workshops and have supplied me with some beautiful products for demonstration purposes, so people will be able to play with the nappies and get an understanding of just how easy they are.

"They'll also get an exclusive discount code - I'm not affiliated with the company in any way but if I can pass on some savings to fellow residents, I will!"

The Real Cloth Nappy workshops will be held Monday Aug 19 (Margaret River Library) 12 - 2pm; Tuesday Aug 20 (Augusta Community Resource Centre) 1.30 - 3pm; Thursday Aug 22 (Duggan Pavilion, Cowaramup) 1.30 - 3pm; Saturday Aug 31 (Margaret River Library) 10am - 11.30am. All welcome, light refreshments provided.