7 August 2012
Are You A Waste Free Parent?
Modern cloth nappies are really taking off, and Kate Meads, the Nappy Lady, is taking her knowledge about cloth nappies
and sustainable living to parents in 14 New Zealand towns during the next six months.
"Teaching parents about their options for minimising their impact on the environment is my passion, and councils and
other organisations are really getting on board to support waste-free parenting as viable and achievable," Kate
In conjunction with various councils and with the support of many local cloth nappy companies, Kate is running
informative workshops on waste-free parenting and modern cloth nappies in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua,
Kawerau, Hastings, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Hawera, Hutt City, Wellington, Dunedin, and Oamaru, and is set for a
busy few months in the leadup to summer.
"More and more councils around NZ are starting to look seriously at minimising the amount of waste they are accepting
into their landfills," Kate says. "Waste-free parenting is about not only minimising your family's eco footprint, it's
also about teaching parents about sustainable and environmentally conscious options. Cloth nappies are one important
component of this, but I also help parents to integrate other waste-minimising activities into their home life, such as
composting and recycling."
At The Nappy Lady workshops, parents and parentstobe not only learn about the different styles of cloth nappies, they'll
also receive tips and information on what they can do at home to reduce their waste output. What's more, attendees of
the workshops receive a free cloth nappy trial pack to take home, giving them an opportunity to put into action the
information they learn.
"There is massive interest in the workshops, and many are sold out weeks in advance," Kate says. "Parents are hungry for
this information and we're adding more and more workshops to keep up with the demand. It's great to see the initiative
spreading nationwide, and the positive impact waste-free parenting and cloth nappies are having on Kiwi parents."
Kate’s personal goal is to get every family in NZ with children in nappies to use just 1 cloth nappy per day which would
prevent 1 million nappies from going into our local landfills every week.
All of the upcoming workshops are listed on The Nappy Lady’s website http://www.thenappylady.co.nz/workshops.asp
Saturday 18 August, 10:30am to 12pm
Saturday 25 August, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Monday 17th September, 10am to 11:30am
Tuesday 18th September, 6pm to 7:30pm
HAMILTON: Friday 5th October – 6pm–8pm
ROTORUA: Thursday 9 August – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday 11th August – 10am to 12 noon
Monday 19th November – 6:30pm–8:30pm
HASTINGS: Friday 24 August – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
NEW PLYMOUTH: Thursday 6 September – 10:30am to 12:30pm
HAWERA: Saturday 7 September – 10am to 12 noon
FEILDING: Thursday 16th August – 6:30pm–8:30pm
Saturday 18 August – 10am to 12 noon
Wednesday 7th November – 6:30pm–8:30pm
DUNEDIN: Saturday 29th September – 11:30am–1:30pm
There are other nappy schemes that are in other areas that do not run a workshop.