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50% Rebate for Modern Cloth Nappy Purchase @ Various Councils Australia Wide


Just found out my local council does this sweet rebate, (my council is not listed in this site, so just visit your council website to check if yours does too).

Blacktown NSW up to $200 https://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Services/Waste/Supporting-S...
Ryde NSW discount: https://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/Events/Listing/Cloth-Nappies-Wor...
Hornsby NSW sold out:

Rebates range from 50% of the total cost back, or a set amount, e.g. $200.

Some councils only just introduced this from July 2021 (my local).

Some of the rebates expire at the EOFY/while allocated funding lasts.

Quick Savings estimator:
Amazon nappies: $50/month, $600/year. Wipes: $5/week, $650/year
Total if 2.5 years in disposables: $2150/kid

Cloth nappies + reusable wipes + detergent + some disposables - rebate: ~$580/lifetime of the cloth nappies (could serve multiple children), however does require time to wash.

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  • If your cloth nappy provider won't tell you which washing powder to use to prevent them from losing absorbency, find someone else.

    $500 down the shitter for us after only 6 months of use. "Strip cleaning" multiple times did not work either.

    Our brand that imho wasn't any good was hippybottomus.

    Never buy second hand either. You'll get ones that don't work.

    • +2

      Uhhoh. Sucks. Sounds like a case for CCN Australia.

    • +1

      Sorry for your experience. Hippybottomus is just a fancy rebranded version of cheap cloth nappies you can buy from China on Aliexpress, ebay etc. We cloth nappied our now 6-year old from birth with a good mix of 50% used and 50% new. Buying used nappies is always a gamble, especially when you are buying online. Majority of our stash was Grovia, Babybare, Baby Beehinds plus Rawr and Sandman night nappies. I did buy some cheap nappies from Aliexpress but I always used them with quality bamboo and hemp inserts from Baby beehinds and they worked well for us. Majority of my stash was donated to St kilda mums.

      It's really exciting to see a lot of councils getting onboard with this idea. I remember writing many letters to our council to adopt a cloth nappy program. So glad to see this being adopted australia wide.

    • What didn't work with them? Should be fine with any washing powder that doesn't have softener?

      Do you mean they were leaking through? If so, potentially the issue was with the waterproof coating or layer (depending how they were made) which could have been caused by faulty manufacturing or washing too vigorously (some are cold gentle wash only which is ridiculous, but washing them in hot takes off the plastic waterproof coating). I have bought things with faulty waterproof coating before, even from brand new, suspect it's pretty common. If they are just pure absorbent fabric and no waterproof layer, could your kid just be doing bigger wees? Could get a waterproof nappy cover to go over?

    • It’s ok too buy second hand but as with anything you need to know what you are doing, ask questions, inspect and buy good quality brands. There are bargains out there from people who tried cloth and couldn’t make it work for them and sell hardly used nappies for a great price.

    • the couple of 2nd hands we have all work perfectly. I believe they've all been Alcmena/Monarchs which have removable inserts that can be swapped out if necessary but the inserts that have come with them haven't had a problem. My wife makes a point to always buy nappies that have been kept in line with CCN and I don't think we've ever consider AIOs. In fact out of 40 odd nappies we don't have any AIOs

  • +2

    After visiting a bunch of baby shows (pre-covid) we purchased a range of MCN's and inserts from various vendors/designs on Aliexpress - significantly cheaper than locally-branded (but probably made in China anyway) products.
    Then we picked the ones we liked the best and purchased additional of that type.
    Some do work better than others, but the well designed and well functional ones are virtually identical to all the branded ones we have seen locally.

    After use they get rinsed of any solids and put in a big bucket (no water just nappies).
    Warm wash to clean in sodium percarbonate (aka Nappysan) powder.
    Then an additional wash with gentle cleaning soap (eg woolwash).

    Cost savings are outlined above plus the environmental considerations, however they do take a lot more patience and effort than disposables, especially dealing with and washing stinky nappies.

  • +1

    Really glad to see this incentive. We tried for a bit in our old house (euro kitchen = no laundry), and gave up after a bit. I hate to think of the stack of non biodegradable nappies we generated over 3 years per child. But we’d probably try again if we had another. Especially if the council subsidised it.

    This is the type of thing that we need to do moving forward to contribute toward zero CO2 and generally be a more sustainable society. Basically like 60+ years ago. The companies love making disposable nappies because it’s regular $$ and they don’t have to pay for the cleanup (disposal). Plus it’s outsourced to cheap China with less environmental regulation than here.

  • +2

    Check out Cloth nappy help to set up a good cleaning routine https://www.clothnappyhelp.com.au/

    Get better inserts especially when buying straight from Chinese manufacturers - microfibre or “charcoal bamboo” inserts are not going to cut it in the long run unless you have a very light wetter.

  • +1

    My council was running this last year; make sure you get in early. I looked at the end date of the program which wasn't for quite a while so I held off but they exhausted the budget well before the date so I missed out.

    • Yeah looks like some are sold out. Good to get in early.

  • +2

    Parramatta council has this for feminine hygiene products too.

    • Yeah wow

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