Vanuatu is the first country in the world to ban the sale and use of disposable nappies from DEC 2020 because of plastic pollution in their country. Importantly, the government is sending an important message to all governments in the world.
Vanuatu is safeguarding it’s future. Eventually, plastics find their way into the water and the food chain. 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. He announced that plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, plastic drink stirrers and types of food packaging would also be outlawed. He said research showed disposable nappies 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. Because of their initiative, other governments are now watching to see the how this goes.
Inspiration for Compostable Disposable Nappies
One of the inspirations for this ban on disposable nappies was G Diapers Founders Kim and Jason. The couple often talk about how After their son was born, they became aware of a small company in Tasmania that was making flushable and compostable diaper inserts. What few people know is that it was our very own founder, Jannine Barron that was a key link in their discovery.
Kim and Jason visited a Nature’s Child Display at a baby expo in Sydney early in 2000’s. They spoke to owner Jannine Barron about the nappies Jannine was passionately demonstrating as a massive environmental solution. Importantly, they had a lightbulb moment!
In the next few months, Kim and Jason visited Byron Bay to meet with owner Jannine Barron to pick her brains as a Ethical Company Leader and cloth nappy expert. They knew they were on to something and the rest is history with the Tasmanian Company Jannine connected them with. We are so proud of Jannine and love that nature’s child has always been a pioneer in environmental consciousness. She was even an inspiration for this important moment for Kim and Jason. We are super proud of all the work and the company that Kim and Jason have gone on to create with G Diapers and absolutely love their latest work on circular economies. A topic that is close to our heart!
If you would like to sample some cloth nappies. Visit our Cloth Nappies Page for ideas.
Jannine Barron started Nature’s Child in 2000 and sold Australia’s First Organic Baby Store in 2018