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  • 21 Jan 2012 5:32 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Apple Cheeks (manufacturer)
    Member since August 31, 2011
    Lachine, Quebec

    Cloth diaper manufacturer Apple Cheeks wins $100,000 investment deal on Dragon's Den


    Apple Cheeks cloth diapersLACHINE, QB, January 19, 2012 - LaSalle-based cloth-diaper firm AppleCheeks landed a $100,000 investment deal on CBC Television’s Dragon’s Den reality show Wednesday night. Two Dragons – Jim Treliving and Arlene Dickinson – agreed to provide the funds in return for a 25 per cent stake in the company. 

    AppleCheeks was founded in 2007 by Amy Appleton and partner Ilana Grostern. The duo – accompanied by their two babies – asked the Dragons to give them a $100,000 to help fund a plan to expand the firm’s product line into big box stores. 

    “It’s been a very, very exciting day,” Grostern said in an interview Thursday afternoon, the day after the episode aired on CBC. 

    “Our goals was not necessarily to walk away with a deal,” she said, explaining that two other cloth diaper firms had not been well-received by the Dragons on earlier episodes of the shows “We wanted to show them how well the industry does undefined and how legitimate it is.”

  • 21 Jan 2012 5:24 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Diaper Junction (Retailer)
    Member since 10 September 2008
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Diaper Junction Featured in Parents Magazine

    Diaper Junction cloth diapers
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, January 17, 2012 - Diaper Junction has announced that its president is featured in an article in the January issue of Parents Magazine. "Diapering Decisions" takes a look at how cloth diapers have changed over the past few decades. The magazine article focused on several tips for cloth diapering parents, especially beginners who may be overwhelmed by all of the decisions and choices today's parents can make.

    "I think the best way for people to try cloth diapering is to start slow and get a feel for it, since it's not for everyone," said Guckin, president of Diaper Junction. "I wanted the readers to understand that there are several different options available, and that which type works best is really a matter of personal preference for the parents and their babies."

    Read more.

  • 07 Dec 2011 11:10 PM | Lori Taylor (Administrator)
    Green Earth Baby Works (Diaper Service)
    RDIA member since 12 Mar 2011
    Epping, New Hampshire

    Green Earth Baby Works cloth diaper serviceNH’s only cloth diaper service determined to show green way forward

    Portsmouth, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Citing her own daughter’s struggles with various rashes and allergies as her prime motivation for exploring the cloth diaper path, Leo’s research quickly revealed that not only did disposable diapers pose significant waste issues – human feces leeching into the ground being the most obvious example – but tangible health risks as well. . . .

    Still, adopting GEBW’s old-is-new-again alternative doesn’t have to mean shunning modern convenience. With a wide range of cloth diaper products, accessories, and services, Leo is forging a unique, affordable niche as green as it is user-friendly.

    “A big concern for people when they hear ‘cloth diaper’ is, ‘gee, I hope it doesn’t have pins,” Leo chuckles. “But that’s how advanced these products have become. Now you can get diapers with snaps or Velcro closure that are just as easy to put on and take off.”

    Read the full article at The Green Alliance and The Portsmouth Patch.
  • 01 Nov 2011 9:49 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    All Things Diapers (Diaper Service)
    RDIA member since 13 September 2009
    Blaine, Minnesota

    All Things Diapers cloth diaper serviceVoted "Best Diaper Service in the Twin Cites" by Minnesota Monthly Magazine

    Twin Cities, MINNESOTA - It has been a big year for Martin and Patti Cross. First, they opened their first retail store in September 2010, then they tripled the store size and included a classroom in June 2010. On August 2, 2011, they washed their one millionth diaper. 

    Finally, to round off the year, they learned at the end of September that All Things Diapers was voted the "Best Diaper Service in the Twin Cites" in the upcoming November issue of Minnesota Monthly Magazine. The "Best of the Twin Cities" is an annual award by category. 


    "Martin and Patti Cross want to save you money, reduce waste, and have your little bundle of joy potty trained by the age of two-using cloth diapers. Since starting All Things Diapers in 2009 the couple has expanded the business to include multiple delivery and laundry packages plus a store offering the widest selection of cloth diapers in the state. Not only is it convenient (they deliver and pick up diapers up at your home), All Things Diapers is also eco friendly: the Crosses make deliveries in a prius, use energy-efficient washers, compost-even plant trees. Basically, they're the diaper genies you've always wanted but never knew existed."
  • 01 Sep 2011 4:19 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Do Good Diapers (Diaper Service)
    RDIA member since 4 August 2009
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Do Good Diapers cloth diaper serviceSmall start up business washes 1,000,000 cloth diapers!

    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 9/1/11 – Do Good Diaper Service (www.dogooddiapers.com ), a local cloth diaper delivery company based in NE Minneapolis, is excited to announce that it has washed its 1 Millionth dirty cloth diaper.  “It’s exciting” says Peter Allen, President, “When we started delivery the economy was just starting to go south, we didn’t know what to expect.  We are just so happy that Twin Cities parents have embraced the ease, convenience and savings of using cloth diapers.”

    Several studies estimate that between 1-3% of all landfill waste is disposable diapers. Every 3 months Twin Cities parents throw away over 50 million disposable diapers.  Do Good Diapers believes that every parent can Do Good and even using cloth diapers part time helps make the world a better place.

    How a diaper delivery service operates is simple. Once a week a Do Good Diapers delivery driver picks up a bag of dirty cloth diapers and leaves a fresh clean bag. The diapers are brought back to the washing facility where they are sorted, cleaned and folded. “It’s a dirty job” smiles Dan N., “but I’m happy to be working for a company that is growing and helping the environment.”

    For more information or questions regarding Do Good Diaper Service contact Peter Allen at 612-990-2183 or DoGoodDiapers@gmail.com.
  • 30 Aug 2011 4:07 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    KellyWels.com (Diaper Information Service)
    Member since 28 June 2011
    Waterford, Maine

    Kelly Wels cloth diapers
    Cloth Diapering Business Shows Healthy “Bottom” Line
    New Book Promoting the Movement Wins Parenting Award

    Omaha, Neb. (August 26, 2011) - New parents are changing to cloth diapers after learning the money-saving and eco-friendly benefits. A new book on cloth diapering due out in October has just been named a Mom’s Choice Gold Award winner. 

    Further evidence of the impact of cloth diapering, Inc. Magazine announced yesterday that the manufacturer of GroVia brand cloth diapers is one of its 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies.

    “Once moms see how easy it is to use cloth diapers for most of their diapering needs, they quickly realize it’s not what they originally thought,” says Kelly Wels, cloth diaper advocate and author of the new book Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering. 

    The business of cloth diapering is snapping up new customers through innovative marketing strategies on social media, blogs and online marketing tools. “Many new parents do extensive research prior to making the decision to use cloth. During these economic times, some feel more secure in having the one-time investment of cloth diapers rather than ongoing expenses of disposables,” says Wels. “And entrepreneurs who want to make a business of it are operating successful companies serving local and global markets and everything in between.”  

    The Natural Baby Company, manufacturer of the GroVia brand, released this statement: “The Natural Baby Company debuted this morning at number 457 on Inc.’s list – proving what we’ve all known for so long, that cloth diapers and natural parenting products are not only making a huge impact on our environment and the health of our children, but these products encompass an influential part of the U.S. economy as well.”
    “People think that cloth diapers are making a comeback,” says Wels, “but the bottom line is they never really went away, cloth diapers have evolved and so have the reasons parents choose them.” 

    You can Preorder Changing Diapers at www.ChangingDiapersBook.com, (ISBN: 978-0-9835622-1-4, $17.95, Publication Date: October 1, 2011). The book will be available at bookstores, as well as specialty and online retailers.

    The Mom’s Choice Awards® program recognizes individuals for creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. www.MomsChoiceAwards.com.

    MEDIA: To interview Kelly Wels, review the book, or for a media kit, contact Erin Pankowski at erin@conciergemarketing.com or 402-884-5995.
  • 24 Aug 2011 10:01 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Namaste Mama (Manufacturer)
    Member since 24 February 2010
    Chandler, Arizona

    http://www.boingobaby.com/
    Do you Boingo?

    Announcing the newest in innovative products from Namaste Mama LLC, the Boingo!

    A fun way to fasten the Boingo is a patent pending stretchy fastener that grips when it should while maintaining flexibility and movement! Never struggle with difficult pins or fasteners again!

    Boingo comes in 6 fun colors and glow in the dark!

    No old fashioned pins needed! It is simple and easy to use.  Just hook on one side of the diaper, pull and grip, and you done! 

    Boingo Fasteners grip on the sides of the diaper.This prevents uncomfortable compression on the baby’s tummy and delicate areas. Diapers fastened with Boingo do not need a cover because of its patent pending curved grips! It stays put and dose not pull off during play like other products on the market. 

    The curved grips also help prevent accidental injury’s like poked fingers and scratches.

    http://www.boingobaby.com/ 
  • 06 Aug 2011 11:32 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Dandy Diaper Service (diaper service)
    RDIA Member since 13 January 2011
    Southwest Harbor, Maine

    Dandy Diaper Service cloth diapersCloth Diaper Delivery Service Open in Southwest Harbor

    It's a dirty job, and Liz Hudson loves every minute of it.

    The Southwest Harbor woman has opened a new business, dedicated to saving our planet, one dirty diaper at a time.

    As a mom to two young girls, Liz Hudson was looking for a career that could keep her home on weekends. 

    "I did laundry and dry cleaning in high school and college. And then, I was also a major in microbiology, and so I studied bacteria. And then, I diapered two kids," says Hudson.

    It all added up- to bottoms.

    "I pulled a magic button and it said- diaper service."

    On January 1st, Hudson opened Dandy Diaper Service in Southwest Harbor. She quickly found out that Microbiology degree would come in handy.

  • 21 Jul 2011 12:26 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Diaper DuDee Diaper Service/Baby Junk (diaper service)
    RDIA Member since 31 May 2009
    Omaha, Nebraska

    Diaper DuDee diaper serviceAnnouncing the joint Grand Opening of Baby Junk featuring Diaper DuDee Diaper Service

    Baby Junk featuring Diaper DuDee Diaper Service will celebrate their GRAND OPENINGS this Saturday, July 23rd, in Omaha, Nebraska.
     
    Saturdays Events & Specials

    FREE MILK and COOKIES all day!
    • Stork Vision will be offering 15-min mini ultrasounds with a photo CD
    • Bring your partner to paint your belly for our Belly Painting Contest! 
    • Be one of the first 100 people through the door and get a mystery Baby Junk gift card
    • Bring the older kids from 1:30-3:30 to meet the Storm Chasers' mascot and get a FREE picture!
    • Get some relief from the aches of prenancy by joining Carole Westerman from 2:30-3:00 for prenatal yoga.
    Giveaways from the following companies and business: Boba, Sleepy Wrap, Devetter Fitness, Body Basics, Omaha Jewelry, Great Harvest Bread Company, Reve, Category One, Bumkins, Bloom, Green Toys, Strike Zone, Flip, Econobum, BumGenius, Thirsties, Willow Store, Under the Nile, Planetwise, and many more!  

    We hope you can join us in celebrating everything we have been able to accomplish with opening these stores. 
     
    Thank you from the owners of Baby Junk (Diaper DuDee) and Stork Vision.
    Andrea Foley and Jill Zuerlein
  • 06 Jul 2011 4:20 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Handmade Toy Alliance (Associate member)
    RDIA Member Since 27 July 2010
    Stamford, Connecticut
    Handmade Toy Alliance logo

    Handmade Toy Alliance urges CPSC to Stay Enforcement of ASTM-963 for Small Batch Manufacturers

    In a letter dated July 3, 2011, the Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) addressed the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recent staff briefing package on the “notice of requirements” for laboratories to become accepted to test for ASTM F963 as presented to the Commission and public.

    In a letter dated July 3, 2011, the Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) addressed the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) recent staff briefing package on the “notice of requirements” for laboratories to become accepted to test for ASTM F963 as presented to the Commission and public. Primarily geared towards testing laboratories, this notice also signals to stakeholders such as the HTA that once approved and published in the Federal Register, all children’s products falling under toy guidelines manufactured 90 days after publish date will need to be tested and certified by a CPSC accepted laboratory.

    “To begin requiring third party testing to the ASTM F-963 standard will dramatically and permanently harm small batch toymakers,” shares Dan Marshall, HTA President and owner of Peapods Natural Toys (MN). “We are therefore petitioning the Commission to delay the publication of lab certification standards for ASTM F-963 or to stay indefinitely the enforcement of the ASTM F-963 third party testing requirement for small batch manufacturers.”

    Currently, Congress is considering substantive changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) which would significantly reduce the compliance costs for small batch manufacturers. “We have received clear indications from the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties of their intention to modify the CPSIA in order to reduce its unintended consequences for small batch manufacturers,” states Randy Hertzler, HTA Vice President and owner of euroSource (PA). “While this legislation is pending and progressing, it is simply unnecessary to employ a ruling that will imperil thousands of small business.”

    “The vast majority of HTA members are extremely small businesses, consisting of no employees, very small revenues and a limited number of products produced in short quantities,” explains Jill Chuckas, HTA Board member and owner of Crafty Baby (CT). “Yet, the CPSIA treats these micro businesses exactly the same as large, multi-national corporations. A typical HTA manufacturer making only a few thousand units of a toy per year simply cannot afford to absorb fixed testing costs (often at $500 to $3500 per toy created).”

    The HTA also states concerns regarding the timing of this proposed rule making, which, by estimates, will bring ASTM F-963 into effect in mid-October, directly in the middle of holiday production runs. “Large companies who mass produce product for holiday sales complete their production runs at least 6 months prior to sale,” shares Mary Newell, HTA Treasurer and owner of Terrapin Toys (OR). “Imposing third party testing requirements in mid-October will have a much more negative impact of small batch toymakers like those in our membership who generally are crafting and creating product right up until the actual holidays.”

    “For almost 3 years now, our membership has been working tirelessly together in order to better understand and manage the CPSIA. The basic language within the law is extremely difficult at best for our membership to comprehend, particularly without the assistance of attorneys and technical support staff,” states Marshall. “We have urged the Commission to author a simplified guide to the ASTM F-963 standards for small businesses, to no avail. Without such clear guidance, small batch manufacturers cannot negotiate fairly or openly with the third party labs they would be required to employ.”

    The HTA consists of 653 member businesses, including retail stores, toymakers and children's product manufacturers from across the country who want to preserve consumer access to unique handmade toys, clothes and all manner of small batch children's goods in the USA. Formed in November of 2008 in response to the CPSIA, HTA members are parents, grandparents and consumers who are passionate about their businesses as well as the safety of the children in their lives. While in support of the spirit of the law, the unintended consequences of the CPSIA have motivated members of the HTA to work to enact change at a federal level. For more information, visit www.handmadetoyalliance.org.

    Dan Marshall, co-owner
    Peapods Natural Toys &
    Baby Care (St. Paul, MN)
    Tel. 651-238-8398
    dan@peapods.com

    Jill Chuckas, Owner, Designer
    Crafty Baby
    (Stamford, CT)
    Tel. 888-788-5168
    jill@craftybaby.com

    Press Contact:
    Jill Chuckas
    Stamford, CT 06907
    jill@craftybaby.com
    888-788-5168
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