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about us

Twinkle Lily was purchased from the original creator Katerina in September / October 2011 by Ellen and her partner.  They moved everything from Melbourne to Brisbane and are carrying on the dream.

Here is Katerinas story of how it all started, in her own words.

Twinkle Lily was founded in 2007 by Katerina Sioulas, Director to Twinkle Lily and mum to two beautiful little boys. Having used cloth nappies with my eldest, it was only natural to continue with my second child.

However as it happened, my second baby would wet through his nappies within 2 hrs so I soon became obsessed with making our own nappies that would last us 3 hrs.

In this time a lot of research was done into the use of re-usable cloth products for not only my boys but for myself as well as I suffer from eczema and other irritable skin conditions, so I trialled cloth menstrual pads and was extremely impressed.

Cloth nappiesTraditionally cloth was the only choice for mums, in using reusable cloth nappy and cloth menstrual products. There has been a huge movement towards the use of disposable n the last 10-15 years as it became a very convenient choice.

Unfortunately all disposables ever made are still sitting in our landfill today. Added to the fact that we have no proper research into the effects of the chemicals and bleaches used in the manufacturing process, these provide crucial factors in the decisions of women all around the world in using re-usable cloth products.

Gone are the days of using flannel squares with pins and soaking - these days modern cloth is the way to go. There is no soaking, no pinning, and certainly no bleaching. Twinkle Lily uses biodegradable and sustainable products such as bamboo, grown from plants, use no or little water in the manufacturing process, and have no added toxic chemicals or pesticides.

Each item is hand made with due diligence and the utmost of care. I take extreme pride in my work and find great satisfaction in knowing that I have shared a wonderful product with you and have done that much more in helping our environment. 

why I choose to use cloth

You will save thousands of $$$

It is estimated that you will spend anywhere between $3000-$6000 on disposables for the 3-4 years a child is in nappies.  With reusable cloth nappies although an initial outlay is required, you will only need between 20-30 nappies (generous figure) for one child at any time.  Based on a $30 cloth nappy, that’s up to $900, saving you over $3000 already!

Cloth Nappies can also be used on subsequent children, saving you another $3000-$6000.  Think of it this way you could use around 5000 disposable nappies or just 30 nappies for the whole time your child is in nappies.

Better for the environment

Did you know all disposable nappies take over 300 years to decompose? So every single disposable nappy ever made is still in landfill!  It has been quoted by the ACA, for each 2.5 years a child is in nappies over 700kg of disposable nappy waste is produced from just the one child. 

In Australia alone 800,000 nappies are sent to landfill each year. This would fill the MCG three times over every single year.*

Your skin and your health

Disposable pads and nappies are made from wood/paper/plastic materials that can take hundreds of years to decompose causing unnecessary damage to our environment. They are manufactured with chemicals, additives and bleaching agents. During the bleaching process, some chemicals called Dioxins can be produced as a byproduct. Dioxins can be very toxic even in small quantities, having been linked to some cancers, immune disorders and even causing ill effects on reproduction.The glue backing on pads is synthetic and can reduce the amount of air circulation. This in turn can cause rashes, sweats and general discomfort.

Have you ever noticed gel crystals on your bub's bottoms?

These crystals are known as sodium polyacrylate. This compound is added as a fine powder and are “super absorbers”, that is they absorb every little bit of moisture there is.This compound was banned from tampons in 1985 because of its link to toxic shock syndrome.

*Canberra Environment and Sustainability resource centre