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Plus, cloth diaper stories in the news.

Opinions expressed in news posts are those of individual businesses and not those of the Real Diaper Industry Association. RDIA members are welcome to send their news items to info@realdiaperindustry.org.
  • 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
  • 25 Jun 2011 1:05 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Ruby Moon (Retailer)
    Member since 23 February 2011
    Casco, Maine

    Maine entrepreneurs find some angels for the details
    Ruby MoonA nonprofit business incubator and USM students assist with finances, marketing and technical processes.

    GORHAM - Doug and Lyndsay Sanborn are already selling their all-natural laundry detergents to 28 retailers throughout the country, but they still haven't worked out all the kinks of their new business.

    The Casco couple are hoping students from the University of Southern Maine's College of Science, Technology and Health can help.

    The Sanborns' startup, Ruby Moon, is one of four chosen to participate in Campus Ventures, a new program created in collaboration with the Maine Center for Enterprise Development in Portland.

    The center, a nonprofit business incubator, assists the entrepreneurs with the financial and marketing aspects of their companies, while the students help with technical processes, including manufacturing and quality control.

    The 10 student interns in the program are paid $9.25 an hour and work on the projects for between 15 and 20 hours per week for about 10 months, said Michael Wing, director of external programs at USM.


    Doug and Lyndsay of Ruby Moon
  • 09 Jun 2011 11:45 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Diaper Junction (Retailer)
    Member since 10 September 2008
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Diaper Junction Debuts Cloth Diapering Service

    Diaper Junction cloth diapers
    HAMPTON ROADS, VA, June 8, 2011 - Diaper Junction has announced the debut of its new cloth diaper laundering service in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Customers receive a set of clean cloth diapers, a hamper and a waterproof reusable bag. The weekly service picks up dirty diapers and leaves clean ones in their place for approximately $19 per week, depending on the monthly plan.

    Diaper Junction sells supplies for cloth diapering. Parents buy them online or in person and do the laundering themselves. Diaper Junction received many local requests for a laundering service, something that the area has not seen in more than 20 years. The service now caters to local parents that don't have the time or the desire to wash their own diapers. Chesapeake Service Systems, a local non-profit organization which employs adults with disabilities, handles the laundering of the cotton reusable diapers.

    "We have been in the cloth diaper retail business for eight years. We feel that cloth diapers are healthier," said Bryana Guckin, president of Diaper Junction. "There are no chemicals like what you find in disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are healthier for the environment and keep disposable diapers out of landfills. They are also cheaper, because babies potty train six months sooner than those in disposable diapers."

    For parents who are unsure about taking on cloth diapering full-time, Diaper Junction offers a week-long Test Drive program. Customers receive everything included in the regular service with no further obligation if they decide it's not for them.

    "Moms can get their feet wet without laying out the extra money," said Guckin. "We know that cloth diapers are not the norm these days, so we want people to be comfortable with what they're getting into."

    About Diaper Junction: Diaper Junction (http://www.diaperjunction.com) is a family owned and operated cloth diaper store and diaper service located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is the premier source for cloth diapers for babies, diaper covers and cloth diapering accessories.
  • 09 May 2011 10:46 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Do Good cloth diapers Do Good Diapers (Diaper Service)
    RDIA member since 4 August 2009
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    New Dad Gets the "Poop" on Cloth Diapers

    Peter Allen left corporate America a few years ago to start “Do Good Diapers.” For $20 a week, parents can get about 60 diapers delivered to their home.

    Do Good picks up their dirty ones to be washed back at their facility. Thousands go through the washer each week, but before that happens they are sorted based on their “degree of saturation.”

    “Who gets that job?” I asked.

    “We have a couple of great employees,” said Allen.

    His reason for starting this also has to do with environment.

    “Later on this year we will be hitting our one-millionth diaper. We track all the diapers that come in, we count them and that’s what we return to our customers. So we have a running tally of how many diapers we are keeping out of landfills,” said Allen.

    Read and watch the full story on WCCO-TV, including a look at the Do Good Diapers laundering facility.
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