Is The Nappy Collective a charity?

We are a Not for Profit, community based organisation run entirely by volunteers. Whilst based out of Melbourne we have committees in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Albury, Darwin, Canberra, Hobart, Perth & Newcastle. Financial donations to The Nappy Collective are tax deductable.

Left over Nappies?

It is not unusual for a baby or toddler to grow out of a size of nappy part way through a packet or box of nappies. Parents may have tried or accidently purchased a new brand which didn’t suit their child or they might have left spare nappies in a different bag, in the car or at the grandparents’ house only to find that once again their child had grown out of them. Parents usually pass these smaller nappies on to a friend, keep them for their next child or sadly even throw them away.

What are the core principles of The Nappy Collective?

- TNC makes it is simple for many people to help families in need
- TNC stands for collective giving i.e. the community coming together to help those in need
- We all have a duty to help those in need
- There are thousands of families in crisis and mothers in shelters who struggle to cover basic needs for their young children, causing stress, financial difficulty and health challenges for babies.
- Donating unused nappies assists these families to focus on longer term, deeper care of their children by relieving them of short term challenges and stress.

What is the impact of The Nappy Collective?

Nappies are a basic essential child care need. A new born can require 10-12 nappies a day and toddler can require 6-8 per day. Families with limited incomes may have to choose between clean nappies and other basic needs such as food for themselves. Lack of frequent nappy changes can cause subsequent health issues and can be very distressful for an infant, potentially compounding an already stressful situation. Low income families may also not have the opportunity buy in bulk resulting in an inequality of spending power.

By passing on your leftover unused nappies you are providing a resource to these families which can reduce a financial burden and assist with healthy growth and development of their children in early childhood. Parents have more time to focus their energy on their parenting and other daily challenges they face.

Where do the nappies go?

We do not distribute nappies directly to individuals. The nappies collected are distributed to organisations that support families in crisis or in need such as women’s crisis shelters and refuges, mothers facing homelessness, parenting support organisations and community organisations.

click here to see the list of beneficiaries The Nappy Collective supports.


Do you accept cloth nappies?

We do not accept cloth nappies. Unfortunately cloth nappies are not practical for the families we assist as they do not have access to private laundering facilities. On average a baby can use 50-70 nappies a week which requires a significant cost and time commitment to laundering. The families we assist are already facing very stressful circumstances so we aim to provide them with the easiest nappy options possible.

If you have cloth nappies that you would like to donate please pass them on to Uplift Bra's or St Kilda Mums

Do the nappies need to be in packaging?

We will happily accept unused nappies from open packaging. The nappies however must be clean. Labelling the size is extremely helpful too!

There are no collections points near me, how can I get them to you?

Our collection points are expanding with each collective, so stay tuned each collective for our list of drop off locations. If there is no collection point near you, please email us and sign up to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date of new collective points.
We will also happily accept nappies sent to us through mail or courier, please email us for postal details.

Will you be expanding into other states?

We have had enquiries from around Australia to set up the Nappy Collective in various cities. If you are interested in becoming involved in your local city, please email us or follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date on expansions.

Can my home/private residence be a drop point?

For safety and privacy reasons we do not advocate the use private residences for drop points.

Later in 2014 we plan to launch The Nappy Collective party plan to enable supporters to run their own collective within their community and networks. Sign up to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date on The Nappy Collective party plan.

Do you accept other baby goods?

We will only accept disposable nappies and disposable nappy bags . If you have other baby goods in good condition that you would like to donate we recommend contacting the following organsisations:

Dandelion Support Network
St Kilda Mums
Mummies and Babies in Need (Facebook page)
Big Hug Group
Little Things for Tiny Tots (Facebook page)


I am a business interested in becoming a drop point, how do I apply?

Apply to become a drop point by signing up here

I am an organisation that would benefit from receiving these nappies, how can I register?

Please email us

I am an individual who would like to volunteer for The Nappy Collective, how do I get involved?

Please sign up to be notified of volunteering opportunities.

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