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Cloth Nappy Services cut waste sent to landfill

Published: 16 July 2019

The Change – Cloth Nappy Services is a new Maungakiekie-Tāmaki venture designed to reduce the number of disposable nappies and wipes that go to landfill by providing a cloth nappy service to Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEs).

With the support of a grant from Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF), The Change is trialling their service across the Auckland region.

“The amount of nappy waste going to landfill is frightening, and ECEs have the power to make the biggest impact in this area by switching to cloth"

"Many local childcare centres want to reduce their waste but face all sorts of barriers. So, we decided to make it easy for them to switch to cloth nappies.” 

The Change provides a wrap-around (pun intended) service to participating ECE centres:  children arrive in disposable nappies from home, are changed into cloth nappies during the day, then each child is changed back into disposable nappies to return home in. 

Rinsed, used cloth nappies and cloth wipes are stored in waterproof laundry bags and picked up and replaced every day by The Change. Nappies and bags are carefully laundered in environmentally-friendly detergents which are also gentle on babies’ and toddlers’ skin.

“It’s an easy transition for a centre to replace disposables with cloth nappies as very little changes, but it has a really positive environmental impact,” explains Sahra Covello, co-founder of The Change. 

“We’re really excited about partnering with centres and Auckland Council to ensure the service works for everyone.”

The Change – Cloth Nappy Services hopes to expand the programme beyond Auckland in the future. For more information about The Change - Cloth Nappy Service email and watch for updates at 

Have you got a great zero-waste idea?

  • WMIF funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill. Council is encouraging Aucklanders focused on waste minimisation start-ups and initiatives to think about how WMIF funding could enhance or expand their work. 
  • Grant application workshops are running from late July to early August to help people prepare for the application round, which opens on 1 September and closes at the end of the month.

Workshop details




Central – Ellen Melville, Betty Wark Room, Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central


Tuesday 23 July



North –Orewa Community, Main Hall, Service Centre, 40-46 Orewa Square, Orewa


Thursday 25 July



West – New Lynn Community Centre. Meeting Room Two, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn


Monday 29 July



South – Franklin: the Centre, Leslie Comrie Room, 10 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe


Thursday 1 August



Waiheke – Waiheke Library, 131-133 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island


Tuesday 6 August




If you represent a business, local iwi or an education or community group with a project that will help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, you could be eligible to apply. 

Visit the Auckland Council website, email, or call 09 301 0101 to find out more and to register for a workshop.


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