My Vintage Duck Egg Blue Sewing Machine.

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My sewing machine is very special – it was won by my Nana Buckley many years ago at a raffle. I had a special bond with my Nan, she lived next door and we sat next to each other at the dinner table. She was a very special lady who was just that a lady. Nan loved her bit of lipstick, two cigarettes a day, to say the rosary everyday and she was a great at praying till the cows came home when you were sitting exams – I still believe she was responsible for my degree!

So each time I sit down and tackle my latest sewing project I can feel my Nan sitting next to me. Well I recently got it fixed and serviced and I have completed two projects in the mean time.

1. A half curtain for my main bathroom (I stole this idea from my aunt Eleanor – sorry El but imitation is the nearest form of flattery)

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2. A Birthday cushion for a special little girl Lillie.

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The Honest Company spills the beans:”What’s Inside” Disposable Diapers!

Jessica Alba is not only beautiful but she is also smart. Setting up The Honest Company to give herself and her daughters the most natural beauty, baby and cleaning products for all the families needs.
There is a section on The Honest Company website called “What’s Inside”. An in-depth look at the ingredients and the harmful environmental and health benefits of everyday items that are used by millions of consumers and have a huge profitability attached – hence the attraction for corporations!
The everyday items that are put under the What’s Inside Spot Light include:
  1. Disposable Diapers/nappies
  2. All Purpose Cleaners
  3. Baby Bath Products
  4. Health & Wellness
It is refreshing but also quite scary to be able to read exactly What’s Inside Disposable Diapers, and here it is and its not pretty:
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Image from The Honest Company website and is not my own. You can check all the fabulous other ‘What’s Inside’ images on The Honest Company Here.

The Nappy Decision – “Cloth” or “Disposable”??

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When I became pregnant on my first baby over 4 years ago now – without hesitation I decided I wanted to use cloth nappies! At the time I was living in a basement apartment that didn’t have great washing line facilities and I knew one of the main things for cloth nappies was the benefit of wind drying otherwise the benefits of using them in the first place would be greatly reduced if I had to go down the tumble drier route.

With statistics such as in the UK alone each year there are over 3 BILLION nappies ending up in ladfill taking between 50-100 years to breakdown – never decomposing just getting broken down into smaller bits! Scary thought isn’t it, and the length of time is longer when you wrap the nappies in non biodegradable plastic bags.

When I did go about having a look at cloth nappies I got a sample from a company called – Little Comfort – they made nappies from bamboo. All I can remember is the negative reactions from everyone that I suggested it to – it was so extraordinary that people had such an aversion to something so simple and environmentally friendly. Well I have made up my mind that if I have another, and please God I will,  I definitely will be using the cloth version without doubt – I have my washing line in place and even in the 4 years since I researched the quality and advancement in the cloth nappies has been amazing.

I am starting My Waste Free Home next Monday 1st of July where all my waste will be processed on-site/at my home sending nothing to landfill, using a Hot composter and a Pet Pooh Loo. For the mums who are interested in the concept of My Waste Free Home but would struggle with the problem of disposing of lots of dirty nappies on a weekly basis, cloth nappies would solve all of these problems. It may sound crazy but one of my favourite green companies in the world – TerraCycle actually have developed the method of recycling disposable nappies!! Check out more about it here.

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Useful Links:

http://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/

http://www.thebabyplanners.co.uk/category/cloth-nappies

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