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Guinness Book Of Records Great Cloth Diaper Change

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Save the planet, one bottom at a time
Want to be part of history? Want to help save the planet?

Why not participate in the Guinness Book of Records Great Cloth Diaper Change? This is an international event with countries from around the world participating. In 2012 the event was held in 256 locations in 15 countries as an event to break the world record for the most reusable cloth nappies changed simultaneously (which meant that some countries had their events at 2am!) The world record was broken for the most cloth diapers/nappies changed simultaneously, with the new world record showing 8251 qualifying participants on 4 continents.

For 2013, all countries will change their cloth nappies at 11am local time, a much more reasonable time for those of us in the southern hemisphere. The event will be held on Saturday, 20 April 2013. Participants are asked to arrive at 10:30 for the event. You can read more about the event on the website, located here.

[ADVERT]The event aims to raise awareness for new modern cloth nappies, which many people don't know are as easy to use as disposables. I made the switch for bub number two, and I can proudly say that I have not regretted the decision. Despite the increased washing, not taking out bags and bags of disposable nappies makes me feel so much better about helping the planet. And they have saved me money too.

Here are some facts about disposable nappies that you may not know:

1. Each child will use over 7000 disposable nappies between birth and toilet training, at a cost of between $2000 and $3000 per child.
2. Disposable nappies take over 450 years to degrade.
3. It takes as much water to make one disposable nappy as it does to wash a cloth nappy 200 times
4. It takes 3 million trees to make a year's supply of nappies for Australia and New Zealand
5. 1.37 billion disposable nappies go into landfill in Australia and New Zealand each year.

And some great facts about cloth nappies:

1. They are as easy to use as disposables
2. They are easy to wash - just throw them in the washing machine. You can even purchase liners which you simply flush away, so there is no scrubbing involved.
3. They come in a variety of beautiful designs and amazing colours. I have some gorgeous denim nappies which I always get compliments on.
4. They will save you a small fortune. A swag of cloth nappies will cost you much less than a thousand dollars, which is thousands less than you would spend on disposables. And you can reuse them on subsequent children, saving you even more.

If you would like to be part of the Guinness Book of Records Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013 there will be two events running in Sydney, one in Sydney's inner west and another on Sydney's northern beaches. You can even purchase some reusable modern cloth nappies on the day.

Events will be held at:

Manly Vale Community Centre
Lovett Street
Manly Vale, NSW 2093
See website here to register your interest

St Helen's Community Centre
184 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, NSW 2037
See website here to register your interest

In order to qualify for the World Record, participating children must be less than 99cm tall and each child must have their own adult to change the nappy (so one adult can not change two children).

Come along, support a worthy cause, and be part of history.
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Why? Save the planet, one bottom at a time!
When: Saturday, 20th April 2013 @ 10:30am
Where: 184 Glebe Point Road Glebe, NSW 2037
Cost: Free
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