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The Facts on Plastic Pollution

The Facts on Plastic Pollution

“The first synthetic plastic — Bakelite  — was produced in 1907, marking the beginning of the global plastics industry. However, rapid growth in global plastic production was not realized until the 1950s. Over the next 65 years, annual production of plastics increased nearly 200-fold to 381 million tonnes in 2015. For context, this is roughly equivalent to the mass of two-thirds of the world population.1″

This fun fact comes from a great resource for quick, easy facts about plastic. Try the FAQ page for the most common questions. https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution

While  you are there, we encourage you to  think about just one action you can take this week to reduce plastic in  your life. We are great believers in the idea that it takes small actions by thousands of us to make a big difference.

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Vanuatu Ban Disposable Nappies

Vanuatu to ban nappies

Vanuatu is the first country in the world to ban the sale and use of disposable nappies from DEC 2020

The government argues it has no choice. In the words of Mike Masauvakalo, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

“Vanuatu is safeguarding its future. Eventually, plastics find their way into the water and the food chain and at the end of the day, the people of Vanuatu end up consuming [them]… It is a long road ahead. But knowing my country, we will work it out.”

Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu announced the ban at a conference in Port Vila this week, saying plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, plastic drink stirrers and types of food packaging would also be outlawed.

He said research showed disposable diapers – or nappies as they are known outside North America – were the largest single item of household waste in the capital.

Congratulations to the Vanuatu government for taking the most positive and massive action on nappy waste.

If  you would like to sample  some cloth nappies. Visit our  Cloth Nappies Page for ideas.

About the Author  Jannine Barron started Nature’s Child  in 2000 and sold Australia’s First Organic Baby Store in 2018

NATURES CHILD

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What do Climate Change and Organic Baby Products have in common?

“When I founded Nature’s Child 20 yrs ago,  the science was already clear that businesses needed to operate in a way that regenerated our environment and society. These are the values that Nature’s Child was built upon; organic farming, fair trade and conservation through commerce.” Jannine Barron, founder ,  Nature’s Child.

At first our goals were to be biodegradable and we still allowed some disposable items like nappy bags and nappy liners in our range then.

That has all changed as climate science has become clearer.

ZERO WASTE is the only option for our kids future.

In 2019, we discarded our final disposable product and became a completely reusable baby brand.  The result  is a baby range with every item you need in the first weeks ,months and year for caring for  you  and your baby. Breast Pads,  Nappies,  Nappy Wipes, Face Wipes, Basic Skincare.

The problem with a lot of zero waste we see in shops now is that they are not organic so there is still waste from chemical use but this is hidden behind the products. We have to see beyond packaging and into the ingredients and behind that, we have to see the farming” says Jannine  Barron, creator of Nature’s Child.

Nature’s Child proudly offers a very unique proposition to your customers, the climate concerned parents

✶ Certified Organic  ✶Quality  ✶Reusable  ✶Zero Waste

✶ We don’t know many baby companies ticking all these boxes and we are offering this full range to your store – do you?

Have a read of this  brilliant article which  explains how humanity and nature are not different. I reckon it sums things  up  pretty well and certainly supports the thinking of the creators and shakers behind the  Nature’s Child Story.

Children and our Earth

 

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Your Easy, Fun Guide ~ NEW Eco-friendly Christmas Gifts Just Arrived!

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS that say “I love you” to the planet as well as our kids 🎄🌏🎄🌏

We are excited to share news of our NEW PRODUCTS Just in store AND Just in time for CHRISTMAS

They just happen to  be perfect for Summer Holidays as well!

Eco Swim Fins by Hevea

Upcycled & Hevea ECO FINS for 2 – 7yrs $59

We are in Love with this unique gift from Denmark just in time for the Aussie Summer. There are very few outlets with this gift so you are sure to get some brownie points for Unique Giving as Well.

  • 100% natural rubber & upcycled rubber.
  • Choose peach or mint colour
  •  3 Sizes &  2 Colours ( 2 – 7  yrs)
  • Open toe and the heel tab -Easy on and off design

 

 

 

 

 

A Reminder of Our Shipping Costs at Nature’s Child Organic Baby Store

♡ Free Shipping over $99 Australia wide or $9.95 flat rate under $99
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Last year in our Christmas Blog we really  poured our hearts out. This year, we are having some good old fashioned fun  alongside our very best eco-friendly  recommendations  for an organic and natural christmas.

Our Usual Advice Applies. Keep the gifts small and the  love & experiences large. Here are our top pics to put a smile on your baby or child’s face.

Make sure you check out last years favourite gifts because we still have all of those as well in our  2018  Christmas Blog

NEW GIFT IDEAS

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Here’s Why Reusable Baby Swimmers are better than Disposable Swimmers

Baby Swimmers for Baby Swim

Let’s talk BABY SWIMMERS

Are wondering if they’re worth the investment? Here’s the brief rundown on why they’re cheaper – cuter – better 🌏✔️

We sell 3 brands of swim nappies for you to choose from including Baby Beehinds, Seedling Baby and Itti Bitti but we particularly love this inspiration from Seedling Baby.

Let’s say a one-size-fits-most reusable swim nappy (like seedling Paddle Pants) sets you back $25 and you go swimming with your bub once a week at the local swim centre, all year round. That’s 48 cents for each wear during the first 12 months.

Add to that the extra 18 months of weekly lessons you’ll get out of this swim nappy and the cost per wear comes down to 19 cents. Now that makes baby swim more affordable!

Add to that all the other times you go swimming with bub throughout the summer months and your cost per wear drops even further when you use reusable baby swimmers.

On the other hand, a disposable swim nappy will set you back around 1.37 every time. Over two and half years of weekly lessons, that’s $178. (Average price of premium brand disposable swim nappies across 3 sizes)

The difference between $25 and $178 is a delightful $153.

It is also the satisfaction of knowing you’ve saved over 130 single use products heading to landfill over the first two and half years of your child’s life.

This is great for your wallet, great for your baby and great for our environment 🌿🌏🌈

CUSTOMER REVIEWS FOR THE PADDLE PANTS REUSABLE SWIM NAPPY

Very impressed with the Paddle Pants. My daughter has worn it now for over 6 months. It is so fantastic that the nappy can be adjusted to fit her quickly growing body. The quality is fantastic and looks just as good now as it did brand new.

Hayley, Newcastle

I used the swim nappy (Paddle Pants) for the first time yesterday. My boy’s allergies have been playing up big time, so nappies have been a shocker, to the point I almost considered disposables! I had no idea he had a major poo until I took the swim nappy off. It wasn’t even on the gussets!

Shelley, Nowra

Mr 23 months is just off to the pool to show off his Paddle Pants again. Love, love, love them!

Lorna, Sydney

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Baby Swim, Sunscreen and Fun in Summer

Baby Swimming is part of our culture in Australia. We have the weather, environment and the pools to make it easy and fun. It is still really important to be aware of basic swim safety precautions that will help you to minimise the risks for your baby.

Here are our 5 Top Tips for Safe Baby Swimming

1 – Talk to your children about swim safety.  Babies know and understand more than we realise so this simple awareness from talking about the ocean and the pool to normalise safe behaviour is one of the best things a parent or carer can do.

2 – FUN: While we all want our kids to be safe, the main reason to spend time in the water is to have fun and cool off! So be sure  to talk about safety and act safe with all  sensible precautions but have fun! A qualified swim teacher teaches babies to swim with games to ensure fun and safety always go together

3 – CONFIDENCE: We are not all meant to be olympic swimmers. Gaining confidence in being buoyant and keeping heads above water is the first step while enjoying themselves.

4- SWIMMERS: All pools require a baby to wear a swim nappy. Reusable swim nappies are environmentally sustainable, simple to use and economically sound. Avoid disposables completely if possible by being organised in advance with a good pair of cute swimmers that you enjoy dressing your baby in. Again, it’s about fun and good design. Grab a wet bag as well as swimmers to ensure wet items are separated in your nappy bag.

5 – SKIN SAFETY: The Aussie sun can be harsh but so can standard sunscreens. What is safer? Getting burnt in the sun or placing chemical based sunscreens on our skin? Luckily we don’t have to choose. Safe Baby Sunscreens that are just as good for the whole family, not just babies! Made by Australian Companies are easily available here.

If  you are looking for a Baby Swim Teacher in Australia. Try your local swimming pool or this useful website for qualified teachers.

Baby Swim Australia

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Spring Arrivals at Nature’s Child Organic Baby Store 2019

Here are 5 New Products at Nature’s Child Organic Baby Store this Spring 2019

Zkin Organic & Natural Skincare has arrived at Nature’s Child this Spring along with New Organic Tea brands for pregnancy, new mums and all sensitive skin types.

  1. Zkin Organics Calming Cream Cleanser A non-lathering, alcohol-free gentle cleansing cream designed especially to leave the most sensitive or eczema prone skin feeling nourished and soothed. This calming cleanser embraces unique “oil-to-milk” technology where oils are transformed to “milk” upon contact with water leaving skin feeling refreshed and silky.
  2. Zkin Organics Relief Moisturiser  Designed by a mother with pregnancy and motherhood in mind. This is a time in our lives when organic is more important than ever.  The sensitive formula is ideal for anyone experiencing chronically dry and itchy skin at any stage in life when our hormones are playing up.
  3. Zkin Organics  Soothing Hand Cream The perfect rescue product with its clinically proven key ingredients to help repair the skin’s barrier layer and lock in moisture, relief the itch and provide a protective shield.
  4. Bodhi Organic Tea Mothers Milk 100% Certified Organic Herbs  believed to enhance breast milk production.
  5. Raspberry Leaf Tea A digestive and herbal tonic for women in late pregnancy and after birth.

 

 

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Organic Consumer Choice Awards 2019

We’re proud of our win in the Organic Consumer Choice Awards 2019  – Runner  Up for Best On Line Organic  Store. Thank you to  everyone who voted for  us.

Choose the Link Below to Cast Your Vote.  It is a very short, 30 second voting process.

To vote for Natures’ Child – Select   Organic Online Store

To vote for Zkin  – Select  Organic Product of the Year

Entry is Free and Every Vote put’s you in the draw to win fantastic organic prizes. Vote below for your chance to win Organic Products for your home.

Public voting starts on 9 September and ends on 8 October 2019 on the NOW website. Award winners will be announced on Monday 28 October 2019.

Good luck in the awards. We hope you are a winner as well as us!

It’s that time of the year again..

The annual Organic Consumer Choice Awards 2019 are here and we are very excited to announce that we are nominated so we would LOVE your support by voting for us.

VOTE FOR US
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5 Things Dad wants on Father’s Day

We have an office of all women here at Nature’s Child so when having a discussion today about what we’ll  do for Fathers Day,  we got some surprising responses. There is a general agreement that on Mother’s Day, we want a day off to be pampered and just sleep, rest and play. But when it comes to fathers day traditionally, it’s been the opposite. The tradition went more like this, “here you are, it’s fathers day, spend time with your kids. This attitude was more a result of the traditional father working, mother at home story.  This does not apply to millennial fathers as much as previous generations. These days, fathers are often doing just as much as mums so look forward to a day off too.

Being a Byron Bay Brand, we  have to mention one of our fave Fathers Chris Hemsworth. He recently impressed one of our team when he said in an interview, something along the lines that ‘ his wife Elsa Patakay was a great help with the kids’ It felt like a real millennial moment to hear a dad talk like this.

All the studies are telling us that Working Mums Still do more than Working Dads when it comes to housework. But that was not the feeling in our office! So we all came up with 5 fabulous things that we would all do on Fathers Day. We hope you love one of them and get inspired!

Before we get to that list, here’s a quick nod to the traditional handmade craft gift. Our top pick was the mobile phone holder. It is simple to make and leaves lots of room for personalising. Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

5 Things Dad wants on Father’s Day

Acknowledgement for his dad super power.

We all need a little thanks and acknowledgement so we agreed the first thing to make sure Dad gets on Father’s Day is a thank you. Not just for being a great dad which is a bit general. Have a think about the very specific reasons you love your dad and make sure you put them on that card or in that speech you will make.

The Father’s Day Sleep In

Every day, one parent gets up for the kids while one gets to sleep in. Father’s Day should definitely be the day that dad gets to sleep in. If he is not the sleeping kind, then just make it clear that whatever time he wakes that will make him happy is one of his Father’s Day Gifts.

Get Together with  Friends & Family

Finishing a day knowing you had fun and laughter is a wonderful feeling. Why not plan ahead for a picnic or lunchtime dinner and games with a few other families, maybe even your own siblings, parents or cousins if they are nearby

A Walk in Nature for Father’s Day

There is something about a walk in Nature that makes connecting with your family all the more special. Nature Walks ground us and connect us to our hearts and bodies in a unique way. As a great songwriter once said, the best things in life are free!

Spending the day with his favourite hobby

One of the things we all give up as a parent is our favourite hobby. We certainly do it less if we don’t entirely give it up. How about purchasing a gift voucher for their favourite thing they have not done for a long time. Or Just carving out some time to make sure dad gets a surf or whatever his favourite fun time thing he deserves. Doing great things we love help us all feel connected to our sense of self. Make sure Dad knows that you know what he loves on Father’s Day.

We hope we have given you some great idea’s. If you looking for a gift for a new dad or dad to be, then we can recommend these personal favourites from  Nature’s Child.

If  you have a New Dad in your life and would like to buy him a special gift, visit our  5 Top Gifts for New Dads List Here

Ultimate Guide to Cloth Nappies

 

 

 

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5 Baby Gifts for a New Dad you know in 2019

Original Organic Pocket Wrap Carrier

5 Baby Gifts for a New Dad  you know this Fathers Day

Baby Gifts are traditionally focused on what a new mother would need or like. But what if the special person in your life  that was about to become a dad was your son, your brother, your husband, your colleague or your friend? If  you would like to get a New Dad in your lif a special gift that  he would particularly love. Here are 5 great ideas and the reasons  why.

 

  1. The Organic Cotton Baby Carrier: A New Dad will love a baby carriers. It helps them feel the closeness that a mum naturally feels in pregnancy. The more a dad gets to hold his baby,  the more involved he gets in daily caring roles. Keep that in mind this father’s  day.
  2. Grandparents Memory Book: This is a practical task that allows dads to connect with their child’s grandparents and create a lasting keepsake for their child.
  3. Baby Record Book: Our Baby Journal has no gender constraints so you can create a very personalised record that does not mention mum or dad unless you want to use these words.  Printed on recycled stock, this will help a new dad create a precious book of memories, milestones and firsts.
  4. Baby Swimmers &  Sunscreen: Give a gift that dad can look forward to using with his  baby. Baby Swimming is the perfect new dad activity
  5. Classic Eco Friendly Baby Toys: A mother rightly has all the attention in the early months so giving a new dad a toy is a fun way to welcome him to fatherhood and all the playtimes to come.

Please support one of  our valued Retailers such as Biome who Provide an even larger range of Eco Friendly Goodies for Dads and be sure to start with one of  our best selling Certified Organic Skincare Products for  his new baby.