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Source: Auckland Council

The Change – Cloth Nappy Services is a new Maungakiekie-Tāmaki venture designed to reduce the number of disposable nappies and wipes that go to landfill by providing a cloth nappy service to Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEs).

With the support of a grant from Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF), The Change is trialling their service across the Auckland region.

“We knew how much waste a single household can generate with nappies, so the thought of how many tonnes ECEs send to landfill was frightening,” explains Joanne Walker, co-founder of The Change.

“Many local childcare centres want to reduce their waste but face all sorts of barriers. So, we decided to make it easy for them to switch to cloth nappies.” 

The Change provides a wrap-around (pun intended) service to participating ECE centres:  children arrive in disposable nappies from home, are changed into cloth nappies during the day, then each child is changed back into disposable nappies to return home in. 

Rinsed, used cloth nappies and cloth wipes are stored in waterproof laundry bags and picked up and replaced every day by The Change. Nappies and bags are carefully laundered in environmentally-friendly detergents which are also gentle on babies’ and toddlers’ skin.

“It’s an easy transition for a centre to replace disposables with cloth nappies as very little changes, but it has a really positive environmental impact,” explains Sahra Covello, co-founder of The Change. 

“We’re really excited about partnering with centres and Auckland Council to ensure the service works for everyone.”

The Change – Cloth Nappy Services hopes to expand the programme beyond Auckland in the future.

Have you got a great zero-waste idea?

  • WMIF funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill. Council is encouraging Aucklanders focused on waste minimisation start-ups and initiatives to think about how WMIF funding could enhance or expand their work. 
  • Grant application workshops are running from late July to early August to help people prepare for the application round, which opens on 1 September and closes at the end of the month.

Workshop details

Location

Date

Time

Central – Ellen Melville, Betty Wark Room, Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central

Tuesday 23 July

6-7pm

North –Orewa Community, Main Hall, Service Centre, 40-46 Orewa Square, Orewa

Thursday 25 July

6-7pm

West – New Lynn Community Centre. Meeting Room Two, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn

Monday 29 July

6-7pm

South – Franklin: the Centre, Leslie Comrie Room, 10 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe

Thursday 1 August

5-6pm

Waiheke – Waiheke Library, 131-133 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island

Tuesday 6 August

1-2pm

If you represent a business, local iwi or an education or community group with a project that will help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, you could be eligible to apply. 

Visit the Auckland Council website, email aucklandwastefund@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, or call 09 301 0101 to find out more and to register for a workshop.

Learn more about The Change Cloth Nappy Service on their website.

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