Lovin’ my Envirosax

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Long before the “No Plastic Bags” trend began, I had already been using the Envirosax.  Long before they started the “No Plastic Bags on Saturdays”, I had been carrying my own reusable shopping bags.  All the way from Malaysia to the States and back again.  Yeah, me and my reusable bags…they really go a long way :)

And now in Penang, it’s “No Plastic Bags every day”, so my handbag contains at least 2 or 3 rolled-up reusable shopping bags all the time.

Recently I had the opportunity to review the Envirosax.  Being a long-time user of the Envirosax, I was, of course, curious to find out how it had “evolved” over the years.  After all, Envirosax had been creating and producing reusable shopping bags since 2004!  Founded in Australia, the people behind Envirosax aim to protect the environment and create a greener earth for the future generation by providing an eco-friendly and (may I say) stylish alternative to the plastic bags we see every day.

I was a happy gal a few weeks ago when I received the ABC design Envirosax from the Envirosax Kids Series.  Now one thing you will notice about the Envirosax is that it comes in gorgeous prints!  I was totally wowed over and could not decide which one to choose at first.

Read on for more…

Implications of “Everyday is NO Plastic Bag Day”

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With effect from January 1st 2011, most major departmental stores, supermarkets and shops in Penang will stop giving out plastic bags, in a bid to educate people on becoming more environmentally-friendly.  I welcome this move, but at the same time, I foresee the following to happen:

  • Sale of plastic bags will increase, because most of us still use plastic bags as trash bags.  Without the stores providing us with plastic bags, we consumers will then need to purchase our own.  It’s either that, or we shop more at the wet markets, where, last I checked, plastic bags were still given out.
  • Trend of carrying reusable bags will catch on.  If you prefer something funky, unique and stylish, it really pays to invest in good quality ones like the RuMe or the Envirosax.  I have 2 of each and they have really served me well.  I’m considering getting one more RuMe, IF there is a sale coming up :)
  • Usage of departmental store “SOLD” sticky tapes will increase tremendously.  Previously when plastic bags were given out, everything would be packed in plastic bags and just ONE tape would be used to *seal* the bag.  But now, each and every purchased items gets a sticky tape each.  Well, that tape had better be environmentally-friendly, otherwise, I’d say just do without the tape.  After all, we are issued a receipt.

I do wish that supermarkets would instead offer the alternative to consumers to pack their groceries in paper bags instead.  Sometimes even with reusable bags in tow, they just aren’t enough to carry all our purchases.

What are your thoughts?  Do you love or loathe this new ruling?

Review: The Bumwear NV Pocket Diaper

When I was approached to review the latest Bumwear NV pocket diaper, I was very excited to say the least.  Bumwear was the first brand of pocket diapers I used when I started cloth diapering my kids, and although I do have a love-hate relationship with the Bumwear Classic diapers, I must admit that the diapers really can stand the test of time.  My Bumwear Classic diapers still look as good as new, and now, I use my old Bumwear Classic diapers as pocket diapers and also as diaper covers when I use fitteds.  They are very versatile!

See what I mean?  The diaper in green is my old Bumwear Classic diaper, and the one in black is the new Bumwear NV.  Both look equally new.

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Okay, so back to the review…incidentally the “NV” in Bumwear NV stands for “New Version”. For the purpose of this review, I used the provided Bumwear NV pocket diaper together with the insert.  And since I am a user of the Bumwear Classic, you will find that I will tend to compare the Bumwear NV with the Bumwear Classic in this review.

The first thing I noticed is that the insert has been revamped.  My old Bumwear Classic inserts were just a plain piece of microfiber, but the insert that came with the Bumwear NV has a sewn-on fleece layer lined on top of it. 

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In addition, the insert had an opening, presumably to insert additional soakers or inserts, to increase the absorption power.  The insert on its own is a 3-layer microber insert, but based on my previous and existing experience with my heavy-wetter kids, one insert is never enough.

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One of the little problems I had with the Bumwear classic was that the diaper *wings* tend to droop at the sides when my kids put them on for long.  That being said, I was glad that the *wing droop* issue had been addressed with Bumwear NV, because it now comes with additional snaps on the sides of the diaper.  The front of the diaper also has 2 rows of snaps compared to just one row in the Bumwear Classic (see first picture above).

In my haste and excitement to test drive the Bumwear NV, I threw caution to the wind and put it on my daughter after just one prewash.  Well, that was a BIG MISTAKE.  And the diaper leaked big time.

As all cloth-diapering experts know, cloth diapers need to be prewashed several times before being used.  However, after prewashing the Bumwear NV for 5 times, I still experienced leaks.  Nevertheless, I perservered and I am glad I did, because after about 8 rounds of prewashing, the Bumwear NV diaper finally delivered!

Not only did it give a very complete fit on the child, there was no leakage!

Since my child is a heavy wetter, I buttoned the Bumwear NV insert on top of the pocket diaper’s fleece cover, and inserted a hemp-layered insert into the pocket diaper opening for added absorption.  You could also insert a traditional cloth nappy for extra absorption.

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Here’s where it gets interesting.  With the latest feature where the insert can be buttoned on top of the fleece layer, the diaper gets converted into an AI2 (All-in-2), where you could just unbutton the insert and replace with a new buttoned-on insert when the insert gets wet!  The pocket diaper can be reused!  How cool is that??!!

The Bumwear NV is still rather snug-fitting, unless you stuff a lot of inserts in it.  The elastic around the leg hole had been redone to ensure a very snug fit for baby.

I’ve tried the diaper on my child during the day and also through the night, and I am happy to report that it holds up really well.  It may seem as though the baby will feel too warm with so many layers, but I’m pleased to note that Bumwear diapers are made from materials which are well-suited for our tropical weather.  The PUL layer is breathable as well as waterproof.

So if you’re looking for a hardy diaper that works as well as it looks, look no further than the Bumwear NV.  Oh, did I mention that it comes in lots of cool designs and colors too? :)  

Conclusion

What I liked:

Great as a night diaper (if enough inserts are used), feature which enables insert to be buttoned on top of fleece layer to convert diaper into an AI2, gorgeous designs and colors.

What I disliked:

The fact that I had to prewash the diaper 8 times before it worked.

 

Got my Rumparooz at an amazing discount!

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Hurrah!  I got my Rumparooz diaper at an amazing discount of 30% off retail price.  Tiny Tapir is currently running a clearance sale on all Rumparooz cloth diapers.  So…yay for all cloth diapering mommies and daddies out there. 

Solid colors (snaps and aplix) are on sale at 30% off and patterned designs (snaps and aplix) are priced at 20% off retail.  Can’t get any lower than that, I’m sure.

I’m gonna prewash mine soon, so I can start using them on my daughter.  And if I love them after I use them, I might just get a few more! 

Have you gotten yours yet?

Bouncy Baby Diapers: Proudly Made in Malaysia

It is definitely every shopaholic’s dream to be able to test a product for himself or herself before buying it.  After all, we’re talking hard-earned cash here.  Unfortunately, rarely do we get the opportunity to do so.

However, a few months ago, I was asked to be test out a prototype of the Bouncy Baby Diaper, and of course, I jumped at the opportunity.  Bouncy Baby Diapers are created and manufactured wholly in Malaysia, so I was very excited about testing it out, since most of my cloth diapers are manufactured in either USA or Australia.

And after a few weeks of testing, I submitted my feedback.  I believe the feedback would then be used to rectify whatever flaws and shortcomings (if any) of the diaper prototype, so that the finished product would be an improved version.

 
Image credits: Tiny Tapir

Well, guess what?  Bouncy Baby Diapers was recently launched!  I haven’t had a chance to check out the product yet (apart from my prototype), but I do think the final product is certainly MUCH improved.  The one thing that I really really love about this cloth diaper is the Alova Suedecloth inner, which is so soft, I can’t even begin to describe it!

Also, the Bouncy Baby Diaper now comes with the option of a HEMP insert, to cater for heavy wetters.  This would appeal to mothers who would like to use this cloth diaper as a night-time diaper too. 

Bouncy Baby Diapers are available for sale at Tiny Tapir, and there is a HUGE introductory discount on now.  Pocket diapers (either snaps or aplix) on sale for RM42-52, and they also have a Value Set (3 diapers + 1 wetbag) for only RM120!

And oh, I almost forgot…if you want to try to win yourself one of those Value Sets, hop on over to Mummy’s Reviews for a great review of the Bouncy Baby Diaper and a chance to be a winner of the giveaway!