Welcome to the First Annual Freedom of Cloth Carnival
This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.
No more paper towels! Looks of bewilderment like I've gone insane or become a hippie.
No, really! It makes sense to not use paper towels because they only fill up landfills and hurt our trees.
My husband and I stopped buying paper napkins and paper towels months ago, about the same time we started cloth-diapering. I honestly got tired of buying them at the store only to use them and throw them in the trash. We were already using cloth diapers as part of an effort to "going green."
My family was supportive of our decision to do cloth diapering when they saw how cute the modern options were. But when we had family members visiting, there were looks of concern that maybe we had gone too extreme with cloth. My grandmother actually bought us paper towels on purpose and left them in our kitchen one time when she came to stay the night one time to help out when RaeRae was born. She is almost 5 months and that one roll of paper towels is still sitting on top of the fridge.
I'm not here to point fingers but I do want to say that since we started doing cloth diapers, we have been inspired to think more about the other products we use in our home. While we still use toilet paper, we use cloth napkins and towels everyday. I posted a blog a couple of weeks ago about D.I.Y. cloth napkins. I learned how to use a sewing machine and sewed about 50 cocktail sized napkins with my kitchen colors. They are easy to use and wash! See that blog here. We also use cloth wipes--the same sewing concept as cloth napkins if you were to D.I.Y.
The only thing I don't quite like about the cloth napkins is if I need to microwave something that requires you to cover the item with a paper towel. I have put cloth napkins in the microwave if it was under a minute and it was fine. But I'm not sure of how safe it would be for longer periods of time.
I someday want to try family cloth. I haven't tried mama cloth yet because I haven't needed to, yet. That will be another world to explore. I am at least open to it.
But for now, I encourage all my readers to consider trying or adding cloth napkins into your home for the effort towards going green.
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants on the following themes. Articles will go live on the scheduled theme day:
- Sunday, July 3rd, 2011: Cloth Related Recipes — Writers share their best cloth-related recipes and tutorials.
- Monday, July 4th, 2011: Choosing Your Cloth Style — Today’s posts discuss parents' individual journeys to finding the cloth diapering "style" that best suits their families.
- Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Cloth Diapering Must Haves — Parents talk about the most important items in their diapering “stash” and why they love them.
- Wednesday, July 6th, 2011: Wordless Wednesday, Inspired by Cloth — We asked parents to share their favorite cloth-related photo with us and turned them into a fluffy Wordless Wednesday photo montage on Natural Parents Network. Link up your own Wordless Wednesday post there!
- Thursday, July 7th, 2011: Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence — Today’s participants explain how cloth diapering has served their families throughout one or more stages of their children’s lives.
- Friday, July 8th, 2011: Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day — Seasoned cloth diapering parents share their best tips and tricks for handling common cloth problems and tackling the diaper laundry.
- Saturday, July 9th, 2011: Inspired by Cloth — For today’s theme, we’ve asked writers to explore the ways cloth diapering has inspired them to become "greener" overall.