Picture this: you’ve just given birth. You left the house when labour started and came to the hospital wearing only your nightgown and nothing else. You’re so terrified for your own safety and the safety of your baby that you can’t go back home. You don’t even have nappies for your baby.
This sounds pretty extreme but it’s a story that Sandra Jacobs, founder of The Nappy Collective, has heard in many variations since she started collecting nappies in October 2013.
From small beginnings, collecting just 1500 nappies in Melbourne in October 2013, The Nappy Collective’s twice yearly collection grew in October 2014 to collecting, sorting and distributing 116,000 nappies in 13 cities to over 60 local organisations that support families in crisis or in need such as women’s crisis shelters and refuges, mothers facing homelessness, parenting support organisations and community organisations.
Where do the nappies come from?
From you and me.
Go to your cupboard or drawers or box or wherever you stash your nappies and look for the ones that your baby or toddler has outgrown. Found it? Push the current packet aside, and the wipes, move them too. Now, see at the back? Right there? Yep, those ones – they’re the ones The Nappy Collective needs you to donate.
In my house I’ve found half a packet of pull-ups left over from Son #1’s toilet training days. There’s also an almost-full box of toddler nappies because I tried out a different brand on Son #2 (that had worked very well for Son #1!) and he broke out in a rash.
How can I get them to the Nappy Collective?
The Nappy Collective will soon begin its largest drive yet, collecting leftover unused nappies in 18 cities and towns at over 170 drop points around Australia. At the end of the drive, the nappies (mostly destined for landfill) will be collected, sorted and donated to mothers in shelters and families in need in each locality.
Make sure your spare nappies are counted.
STEP ONE: Find your leftover nappies
STEP TWO: Take them to your nearest drop point between 1 – 15 May 2015.
To find your nearest drop point, go to The Nappy Collective website and scroll down to the pink banner ‘Collection Points’. Expand out your home city to find the address of your nearest drop point.
STEP THREE: Bask in the warm glow of simultaneously helping families in crisis and decluttering your cupboard.
Missed out? Don’t worry, The Nappy Collective runs collections for two weeks every May and October. Just pop your spare nappies away for a few months and bring them out for the next collection.