Show 33

Here’s to one year of the Cloth Diaper Podcast. Can you believe it? I can’t. Mostly because I felt this might be a project I give up on but I’ve been loving connecting and sharing the many different stories over the years.

To celebrate a year we are venturing out of cloth diapering and chatting with Elsbeth from the Practically Zero Waste Podcast about going zero waste. How does this connect to cloth diapering? Well this cloth diapering mama is going to help walk us through the zero waste movement and why we could or should make this change alongside your cloth diaper lifestyle. Join us for our next show for another special guest to talk about the things you can do to shift into low waste as I’m joined from theGreenMum.

fun fact: I was on the Practically Zero Waste Podcast talking about cloth diapering. Check out Show 32: Diapers Made Simple anywhere you listen to podcasts or find it here on Apple Podcast.


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Topic: Thinking About Zero Waste
Host: Bailey Bouwman @ SimplyMomBailey Cloth Diaper Podcast
Guest: Elsbeth from the Practically Zero Waste Podcast

Show Notes

The Practically Zero Waste Podcast is a show to make zero waste living as practical as possible. It’s just a way to share about reducing single waste plastic and all the things that comes with it.   Elsbeth is an art history major and raised with an eco-friendly mindset and just a frugal lifestyle she’s carried with her into her adult years. At some point in university she was shocked at the amount of waste associated with mensutration and switched to a cup and that might just be the gateway drug to reducing her waste and moving onwards and upwards. 

She’s now a cloth diaper mama. There was no reason to not just start with cloth and have disposables on hand, so she just bought newborn diapers and it worked out great. She’s 6 months in and rocking it without any disposables yet. 

Many parents find cloth diapering as a gateway to reduce waste. Why is zero waste important and something we should consider?

It’s totally a buzzword and zero seems unattainable. These things are extreme understandings of the movement, but in reality zero waste is the goal, but not always the outcome. You’re constantly making tiny efforts, or large efforts, to reduce your impact on the planet. It’s about being really mindful about what you’re producing.  

It’s not easy to get people on board with zero waste because of the overwhelming nature of it.  

I can have a low impact on the planet. I can do it here or there. 

You have to begin by becoming aware and then slowly making chances. This isn’t an overnight thing. 

 Waste reduction is important and it’s MORE THAN RECYCLING. When you’re bringing things into your home and to think about what that thing will look like when you’re done using it. Recycling is a band-aid and not a preventative measure

Do what you can, where you are. Making the switch to plastic-free alternatives if they exist and finding those options as they appear.

Why are these changes important? 

Money saving is a really good motivator if the changes in the planet isn’t. The changes in the planet are hard to tangeable. Changes in climate doesn’t feel connected to the individual person. 

What is in your control? These things are in my domain and things I can control. 

 The style of your diaper can impact your total waste output. What is your why? How does your style of cloth diaper support your why or your convince and what is important. 

How do you balance the overwhelming nature of low waste and gender? 

The complicated gender politics of going zero waste. If it interests you then you’re going to do it. Elsbeth doesn’t think it’s necessary a conversation we need. 

Bailey: my husband won’t willing go and do things to reduce plastic. It’s hard for me to get him to think differently. 

It’s consistent small changes to your daily habits – you have to have a why or reason that’s driving you to reduce your waste. 

If anyone wants to start from scratch and enter into the zero waste movement – the very first episode of the Practically Zero Waste Podcast is about mindfulness and doing a waste audit and slowly pick away at things and what you’re consuming, and what you’re throwing out. Then there are many different topics and avenues found on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and all the other podcast avenues. 

Where to find the Practically Zero Waste Podcast


The Cloth Diaper Podcast is dedicated to sharing everyday stories of diapering. We welcome any and all suggestions for future episodes and encourage you to connect with us for an interview. We’d love to interview what works for you, your favourite cloth diaper, and any words to the wise you have. Send us an email [bailey [at] clothdiaperpodcast [dot] com] or connect with us online: FacebookFacebook Group – Cloth Diaper Addicts, YouTube, or  Instagram  or Pinterest.

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  1. Hi there! I’m new to cloth diapering – starting with some previously loved CD’s for my 13 month old, my second child. I found this podcast because I’m just trying to figure out what I’m doing and the name of this show was pretty straight forward! I really enjoyed this episode because I came to cloth diapering as part of my low waste journey.

    One of your comments during the episode made me think…you talked about repurposing the absorbent parts of the diapers after the little ones are potty trained and that the covers will end up being the waste. But why even waste that? What about making any needed repairs and sending it along to another family? Or if you’re not handy with a needle and thread, maybe you know someone who is or a maybe mom who needs a cloth diaper would be willing to make the repairs? This would not only help to reduce waste (from an already low waste practice!) but could also make CD’ing more attainable for those with a smaller budget! Cloth diapering can be truly ZERO waste AND you could bring more into the fold! I know a lot of people resell their diapers, so maybe this is already happening? I’m just not sure since I’m so new!

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