A group of mums who found themselves with left-over nappies that their toddlers had outgrown got together with a plan for what to do with them.
The Nappy Collective was born as a way to avoid waste and distribute unused nappies to the needy.
They collected over 1500 nappies for their first pick-up in 2013 and have since collected over 700,000 nappies – and are hoping to get to a million this May.
A young volunteer gets involved in Darwin. Image supplied.
"It was a light bulb moment where we thought - 'hang on if we’ve all got some nappies lying around at home in the cupboard or in the car - it’s something universal for all parents,'" co-founder Moran Dvir said.
"All babies grow up and we often have half a pack of nappies we don’t know what to do with," she added.
The collective is pushing for a record response with 400 drop-off points in 39 towns and cities across Australia – so it is easy to get involved.
The two week drive starts on May 6, with pick up spots in five states including Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney among others.
"One of the things people love is that if you donate nappies in Adelaide your nappies stay in Adelaide. We don’t ship them around Australia – they always go back to the local community," said Mrs Dvir.
Volunteers in Newcastle get packing. Image suplied.
Once the nappies are collected volunteers will sort out, repack and box the nappies. The nappies then get sent to a host of organisations that support victims of family violence, the homeless and people with mental health, drug abuse, and financial problems.
The Not for Profit community based organisation is run entirely by volunteers and they also rely on local businesses that take part.