The Hemp Farm was started by Dave and Anna who are passionate about the many uses of hemp and its environmental benefits. It is an absolutely amazing plant that is extremely versatile, yet it has been given such a bad name from the association to illegal drugs which has caused many different laws throughout countries. By the way, all of the goodness that comes out of these plants are not actually drugs and are extremely good for you!
“Hemp seed oil is an amazing addition to a vegan diet as it does provide those essential fatty acids in the optimum 3-1 ratio, plus all your essential minerals, amino acids and vitamin E. Plus it is chemical free and environmentally sustainable.” ~Hemp Farm NZ Ltd
Their oil is cold-pressed and 100% organic packed with lots of nutrition. There are so many uses for the oil. An easy way to add hemp oil into your food is in a salad, kale, veggies, or smoothies. I would love to make hemp pesto.
I really like hemp milk which is also extremely beneficial. I have even had hemp cereal, hemp butter, hemp seeds, and all sorts of yummy raw hemp desserts. There are plenty of opportunities in the future to see the benefits of this plant being used and being legal to consume in New Zealand, and I really look forward to following along and seeing The Hemp Farm grow and make this happen in New Zealand. If you come across hemp seed meal or hemp seed flour, it is a human grade product, but it is only legally able to be sold as animal feed in NZ. However, it is legal for humans to consume.
In case you missed it, The Hemp Farm was featured on Global Radar, and there is an article about their hemp seed on p.15 in the Nourish magazine. Hopefully all of the media coverage and people becoming more knowledgable about the uses and environmental benefits of hemp will help to gain more acceptance. Check out their New Zealand Hemp Crop Gallery. Recently they had their hemp fiber and hurd harvest which you can watch here.
Most of you know how much I like cloth nappies, and hemp is great for nappies and inserts. I would also love to use hemp in making body care, jewelry, and even in my house if I ever decided to build. The possibilities really are endless!
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On Friday, my friend Ieva and I attended one of The Nappy Lady Workshops held in Hamilton. It was like the excitement of cloth nappy week all over again. I left the workshop feeling so inspired and loving cloth nappies even more which I didn’t think was possible.
As part of the Council Nappy Scheme, The Nappy Lady first discussed the environmental impact of disposables. It was really fascinating to hear figures about the average nappies used a year ending up in landfill. The numbers are unbelievable. As a family, we are very conscious of the products we buy, but there are still definitely things that we can continue to be mindful of so that we are not producing a lot of waste to go to landfill. As a society, we are taking up the limited space we have by filling it with unnecessary products and packaging. I am going to challenge myself even more to make a conscious effort of what I buy. Yes, eco-friendly products are often more expensive, but you also end up paying more to get rid of all of your rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted. When I go shopping, I automatically look for eco-friendly and vegan products, not at the price. The more people begin using products, the cheaper they will become. It is amazing how many eco-friendly products are available now, and there are always better choices to make, or even reusing and composting everything yourself when possible.
Something that I already knew, but not everyone realises is that even the poos in disposables are supposed to be discarded. How many people take the nappy off and quickly discard it in the rubbish still with poos? Everyone that I know! So if you were to actually follow the directions on the packaging of disposable nappies, you might as well be using cloth. What I hadn’t completely realised was the fact that biodegradable nappies are not necessarily any better for the environment as they cannot break down in an airtight landfill. So as far as the environment is concerned, cloth nappies definitely win over disposables.
Look at the two new awesome modern cloth nappies we received in our pack from attending the workshop.
We mostly use pocket nappies so I am really excited to try out our new itti bitti all in one. I love the colour! Cloth nappies are definitely more stylish than disposables. BeBops are made with love in New Zealand. I think it is important to support local companies, and it looks like a great nappy. I also love the combination fabric insert.
Have you ever wondered about what fabric insert is best? Cotton, bamboo, hemp, or microfiber? Kate Meads, The Nappy Lady, explained the properties of fabrics in a way that made a lot of sense and why I am pretty sure a combination of inserts such as microfibre to retain a higher quantity of wees along with a natural fiber such as bamboo for its anti-bacterial and soft properties as well as keeping the wees in would be very effective.
Another interesting idea was the fact that often people have problems with pocket nappies leaking around the leg and that we sometimes think adding more inserts will solve this when in fact it makes it worse. With a pocket nappy, the more inserts you add, the bigger gap you create making the ability to leak increase. I remember when we went through a period of time where Zaedyn’s nappies leaked, and we did not really know how to solve the problem. Especially since we were only using two inserts. Another option could have been to try 1 insert, use smaller nappies, try a different style, or just pop on a waterproof outer. The main type of nappies are fitted, pocket, all in one, birth to potty, and pre-fold. Do you notice the difference between the two types of nappies in the photo below?
The itti bitti is an all in one because the insert is still attached. The snaps underneath allow you to easily add more inserts when needed. The BeBops nappy is a pocket nappy because the inserts go inside and can be pulled completely apart. It also has lots of snaps on the front to adjust sizing and get a perfect fit.
It is often easy to not know who to ask or how to solve problems such as these when they come up, but there are actually a lot of simple solutions. If you haven’t already, I suggest that you visit The Nappy Lady website as pretty much everything you need to know is explained. If you have the chance to attend a workshop, I highly recommend going. You will gain so much information and walk away with cloth nappies to try. Feel free to ask me anything as well as I will do my best to answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Our pack also included other samples and lots of deals to use on products. One sample that I was really excited to find was a small bag of SoapNuts. A few years ago, I bought SoapNuts from Huckleberry Farms to use with our regular washing. I had even looked up their website and found out that you could plant your own tree. We had considered this, but at the time we were uncertain of where we were going to be and whether it would be worth planting as we would not benefit until almost 10 years later. As some of you may have seen on our Facebook page earlier, SoapNuts are fruit that grow on trees and are environmentally friendly and effective as a sustainable cleaning product. They can be used in the washing machine, dishwasher, or even as a liquid soap for a lot of household purposes. As they are not sold where we live, I had forgotten how useful these little nuts are, and I am really excited to try them again. These few SoapNuts will wash up to 4 loads of laundry! Isn’t that amazing?
This has ended up a very long post, and I could really go on and on about cloth nappies for a very long time so I think I will leave it at that for now. There are heaps of brands of cloth nappies as well as styles and choices to make, but every nappy will be a favourite to someone. We all have different preferences for why we like certain nappies or what might suit our babies the best.
Also, if you noticed a photo go up about wooden toys last night on Facebook, I am starting an album to promote natural, sustainable toys. Feel free to add or share information. I will get onto organising that album as well as a few other new exciting albums that I have been waiting to put up. Thanks for following along, and I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read this site, Pinterest, and Facebook as well as like or comment on posts. Thanks heaps! x
In case you missed the poll when I first started this site, please take a second to go back to my post about The Nappy Lady and let me know how often your bub is or will be in cloth nappies. Just out of curiosity as well, please answer below the answer that suits the best 🙂
“Embrace your inner nomad with colorful ethnic prints reminiscent of exploring bazaars and spice markets.” Envirosax ~ the original designer reusable bag
Envirosax Nomad Graphic Series reusable bags
Amongst my numerous purchases from NZSale in the past month, I was so excited to purchase these Envirosax bags. I have looked at them a few times at Huckleberry Farms and always debated whether or not I needed them. I have a variety of reusable bags so I always figured that I should save my money. Plus, I could never decide amongst all of the colours and patterns! I am so happy that I made my mind up to buy some and even managed to use them at the grocery store tonight.
In California, it seemed so common to bring your bags to the supermarket. In fact, it was almost essential. You would even be in to win by bringing your own bags. Although there are a few stores in New Zealand that now charge 10 cents per bag, it isn’t necessarily normal to bring your own bags, or at least where I have lived. However, having stylish bags made me really excited to use them tonight. Actually, they are such a good size and hold the weight that I only ended up needing to use one.
I love how I was able to buy them as a set of 5 including a pouch. They each roll up and fit into the bag which I can keep in my handbag. No excuse for not using them now.
Envirosax Organic Series hemp reusable bag
I couldn’t pass up buying one from the organic series as well. This bag is very eco-friendly and strong as it is made from hemp. I love the pattern, and the texture of the bag is so soft. Moving toward sustainability, this organic bag is even printed with vegetable based ink and also comes with a pouch for storage. This hemp bag probably has to be my favourite.
Envirosax Slingsax Series reusable bag
In case you thought I had enough bags now, I still wanted to buy a Slingsax as well. With adjustable straps, this bag will suit as a messenger style bag making it easy when I carry Zaedyn. There is even a pocket to store my keys and phone. I can see this being a good bag for when we go to the beach!
Zaedyn telling me all about them
Zaedyn loved the tag and was busy telling me all about the bags and Envirosax. He let me know about things like how they are fully washable without fading, convenient and water resistant, tested for strength and safety, fashionable and fun, solution to plastic bags, 100% guaranteed certified RPET, carbon offset by planting rainforest trees, and that they are ethically made.
Zaedyn was pretty excited about our new reusable bags
There is a lot of meaning behind the Envirosax logo. Here is how the company expresses their meaning behind it:
“The three bags signify the environmental alternative to plastic bags. The leaf represents flora and the eco-friendly nature of the bags; the fragile butterfly represents fauna whose habitat is coserved through the eradication of plastic bags. The classic “recycle” logo is captured with a brush stroke which also recognises the artistic nature of the bags.”
You can read about the dangers of plastic bags and their huge threat to the environment on their website. Check out Envirosax to find some reusable bags that suit your needs and style.