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Plus, cloth diaper stories in the news.

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  • 18 Nov 2010 11:51 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Rockin' Green (Associate)
    RDIA Member since 7 May 2010
    San Antonio, Texas

    Rockin' Green soap for cloth diapers SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 18, 2010 -- It's time for moms and dads to say goodbye to the funky, stinky, ammonia-smell they get when washing their babies' cloth diapers at home. To the rescue is Funk Rock, by the makers of Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent. Designed to target funk at the source, Funk Rock is guaranteed to knock out cloth diaper-related ammonia problems in 30 minutes or less. 

    As a natural ammonia buster, Funk Rock was developed by Rockin' Green after thousands of hours researching a cure for cloth diaper stink. This 100% natural laundry compound is enzyme-, phosphate- and SLS-free, targeting ammonia at the molecular level.

    "When it comes to washing cloth diapers, the biggest issue users have is with the ammonia smell," says Kim Webb, CEO of Rockin' Green. "Many users find that over time, despite their best washing efforts, leftover residue will cause their diapers to have an unpleasant smell when wet. Up until now there hasn't been any real remedy to this problem."

    Rockin' Green lab and field-testing proved the product effective on all water types and common laundry scenarios. All it takes is just four tablespoons to de-funk up to 20 diapers in one wash, leaving users with fresh smelling diapers they can use over and over again. Funk Rock also works great as a pre-treatment solution. Simply use one tablespoon during an initial cold rinse cycle to keep ammonia at bay for good. Funk Rock also works great on getting the stink out of pet accidents around the house.

    "We knew an ammonia-buster product was needed after noticing cloth diaper users all over the world spending countless hours on message boards trying to figure out the cure for ammonia," Webb said. "Many are left frustrated and eventually quit cloth diapering all together. As an avid cloth diaper user myself, I wanted to help them find a solution and that's why I developed Funk Rock."

    Funk Rock is available in a 9-oz. one month supply and retails for $12.95. Funk Rock and all Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergents, including the new Mighty Mighty Marshmallow scent, are available at http://www.RockinGreenSoap.com or at select retailers.

    About
    Rockin' Green
    is a clean-rinsing laundry detergent that is specifically formulated for cloth diapers but can be used on all fabrics. Rockin' Green manufactures detergents for hard, soft and normal water conditions (known as its Hard, Soft and Classic Rock varieties). It also comes in seven natural scents, such as Mighty Mighty Marshmallow, Smashing Watermelons, Rage Against the Raspberry, and Bare Naked Babies (unscented). Rockin' Green was founded in 2009 by Kim Webb, an avid cloth diapering mom who desired a better way to clean her cloth diapers and to treat her son's sensitive skin issues. More information about Rockin' Green can be found online at http://www.RockinGreenSoap.com.

    Contact:
    Betsy Mulvehill, Red Jeweled Media, betsy@redjeweledmedia.com, 612.227.5057 (cell)
  • 31 Oct 2010 5:41 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Sage Diaper (Manufacturer)
    RDIA Member since 24 September 2009
    Santa Rosa, California

    Sage Diaper Launches: The Reviews are in!

    Sage Diaper cloth diapers After 25 years in the cloth diaper industry, Diaperaps Ltd has been relaunced under the name Sage Diaper.

    Our intention was to take all that we have learned in that time and put it into products that would offer parents A Wiser Way to Cover Your Baby's Bottom. Based upon the reviews from the mommy bloggers, it seems we have succeeded! All about cloth diapers (allaboutclothdiapers.com), My Baby's Green (www.mybabysgreen.com) and The Bragging Mommas (www.thebraggingmommas.com) have all posted raves within the past few weeks.

    We are especially interested in working with fellow RDIA members in launching this new line of innovative, mother designed, made in the USA products. Call or email us about special discounts and how we can work together to support the growth of reusable diapering products.

    Abraham Entin and Rachael Flug
    Founders
  • 24 Oct 2010 6:59 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    All Together Diaper (Manufacturer)
    RDIA Charter Member since 10 September 2008
    Sandy, Utah

    All Together Diaper cloth diapersLocal Cloth Diaper Advocacy Group Forms
    Cloth Diaper Utah Holds Organizing Meeting


    SANDY, UTAH, October 22, 2010

    An organizing meeting for “Cloth Diaper Utah” was held yesterday afternoon in Sandy, Utah.  This organizing meeting was held to lay the ground work for a group that will meet and initiate actions within the local community to educate the public regarding the benefits of cloth diapers.  The group is being formed now in part due to the recent publicity regarding “diaper drives” by local charities.  The group believes that cloth diapers are a viable option for all families, especially those families struggling to make ends meet in these difficult economic times.

    The new group has made an application to become an official Real Diaper Circle through affiliation with the Real Diaper Association (RDA).  The Real Diaper Association is a national nonprofit supporting parents and small businesses in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers.  Anita Palmer has begun the process of becoming an accredited Real Diaper Circle Leader for Utah.

    Anita Palmer (Founder of Cloth Diaper Utah) – “I decided to start Cloth Diaper Utah to provide a place for parents to ask questions, a place where they can obtain information, attend demonstrations and get face to face support.  I believe families will find that Cloth Diapering is easy, practical, environmentally conservative and very cost effective.”

    “I don't think that Cloth Diapering will work for everyone.  I know that there are obstacles that may prevent some families from Cloth Diapering. But, if a family wants to cloth diaper, Cloth Diaper Utah will be there to support them.”

    Dennis Frederick (RDA member, Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA) Board Member and Treasurer and President of the All Together Diaper, Co.) – “I have seen a growing trend of food banks and church groups throughout the country that are providing cloth diapers to families in need.  An essential component of these groups is their willingness to provide training to young families in the use and care of cloth diapers. Without this vital education component the positive results these groups are experiencing would not be as good.  I am hoping our local Real Diaper Circle can become a community resource for that educational component.”

    Lori Taylor (RDA Founder and RDIA Board Member and Director of Communications)
    - "I helped found RDA 6 years ago to support people exactly like Anita. She has a passion to help families use cloth diapers successfully. Anita is ready to help parents learn about the use and care of basic cloth diapers so they can cut down on their weekly expenses."

    "The cloth diaper industry is growing. There are so many brands and styles to choose from that starting cloth diapering can be overwhelming.  Cloth Diaper Utah can be a resource for parents trying to determine which diapers are right for them and their baby."

    "There hasn't been a Real Diaper Circle in Salt Lake City before. I'm excited to see the charity I founded have a presence in my hometown.”

    Cloth Diaper Utah would like to invite the public to our first Meet and Greet Q&A Session on November 10th from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Crosspoint Church located at 4490 South 3200 West in West Valley City.  Regular meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at the same time and location.

    Further Background:

    Mission of the Real Diaper Association: The Real Diaper Association is a collective non-profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers. We connect current cloth diapering parents to the long history of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are real diapers. The Association organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers through a member-supported resource center which plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational information, supports local groups, and connects users to the Cloth Diaper industry. Local Real Diaper Circles reach users face-to-face with knowledge and tools to make cloth diapering accessible and acceptable to parents, who have the power to change the world one baby at a time.

     – Source for mission statement above and more information of RDA.  http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/

    Founding Members for Cloth Diaper Utah: Anita Palmer, Lori Taylor, & Dennis Frederick

    Lori Taylor – RDA Founder, RDA Vice-chairperson & Faithkeeper, RDIA Board Member, RDIA Director of Communications. 

    Dennis Frederick – Owner of ClothDiaper.Com and the All Together Diaper Company which are Utah-based cloth diaper businesses.  RDIA Board Member and Treasurer.  RDA Business Member. http://www.clothdiaper.com/ & http://www.alltogetherdiaper.com/ .

    Contact: Anita Palmer
    e-mail: clothdiaperutah@gmail.com
    Phone: 801-969-2000
  • 01 Oct 2010 11:32 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (Associate member)
    RDIA member since 28 July 2010
    Laveen, Arizona

    Baby Carrier Industry AllianceBCIA Releases Position Paper on babywearing and kangaroo care

    Laveen, AZ, September 30, 2010

    "Over the last year, much misinformation and unwarranted fear has been cast on sling style carriers through announcements by Consumer Reports and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as the recall of the Infantino Slingrider. The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) is aware of research supporting the overwhelming benefit of baby carriers and knows that the view that sling carriers are unsafe is wholly inaccurate. In fact, the chance of an individual being struck by lightening is twice that of the mortality rate of children while being worn in baby slings."


    • BCIA is seeking members and volunteer help NOW! Contact joanna at metrominis dot com to help.
  • 01 Oct 2010 11:27 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Handmade Toy Alliance (Associate member)
    RDIA Member Since 27 July 2010
    Stamford, Connecticut

    Handmade Toy Alliance logoThe Handmade Toy Alliance Pledges to Buy Handmade

    The Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) will kick off American Craft Week on October 1, 2010 with an open call to all to pledge to buy handmade and local products this upcoming quarter.

    Stamford, CT, October 01, 2010 (PressReleasePoint) -- The Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) will kick off American Craft Week (www.americancraftweek.com) on October 1, 2010 with an open call to all to pledge to buy handmade and local products this upcoming quarter (http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/Community/HandmadePledge.aspx). In conjunction with bloggers from all over the country, HTA will promote their members and artists in all mediums by utilizing social media outlets such as facebook and twitter to create a community of energy around the current thrust to buy hand crafted and local goods.

    “We are excited to once again be working with an amazing community of bloggers and hand crafters to further spread the word of the importance of supporting our local communities and US based manufacturers,” stated Jill Chuckas (CT), owner of Crafty Baby® and Board member of the HTA. “Our HTA blog week in June of this year was a week long highlight of our member businesses. With American Craft Week, we felt the focus should be broader – looking to hand crafted goods in all aspects and the importance of supporting small, locally owned businesses.”

    Over 40 blogs are currently scheduled to cross post with the HTA during American Craft Week. “When we hosted the HTA blog week, we found that many additional blogs – ones we hadn’t pre-scheduled – began to post about our member’s and the amazing products they create,” said Dan Marshall (MN), owner of Peapods Natural Toys and Vice President of the HTA. “We expect that the same thing will happen during this event and look forward to seeing the additional buzz that is generated.”

    To follow along during American Craft Week, the HTA encourages people to join their facebook page at www.facebook.com/ToyAlliance and follow on twitter at www.twitter.com/toyalliance (twitter hashtag for the event is #HTApledge).

    The HTA consists of 552 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

    Cecilia Leibovitz, President
    Craftsbury Kids (Montpelier,VT)
    Tel. 802-223-7143
    ceci@craftsburykids.com

    Mary Newell, Owner
    Terrapin Toys
    (Eugene, OR)
    Tel. 541-461-1585
    hta@softdough.com
  • 27 Sep 2010 10:07 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Bambino Mio (Manufacturer)
    RDIA member since 16 November 2009
    Kennesaw, Georgia
    Bambino Mio

    BabyCentre® research in conjunction with Bambino Mio reveals why mums choose reusable nappies

    KENNESAW, GEORGIA – September 23, 2010

    Reusable nappy experts and market leaders Bambino Mio recently commissioned an internet survey to understand the usage and attitudes of UK nappy buyers.

    The survey of 600 pre and postnatal mums confirmed that the reusable nappy market continues to grow and the reason mums are turning to reusable nappies is because they are better for the environment, baby and also better on the pocket.
    Bambino Mio conducted the online survey on BabyCentre® the UK’s number one parenting website. When the survey sample were asked the question ‘Why are you using or considering using reusable nappies? 65% of mums gave the environment as the main reason for using or considering using reusable nappies, 49% said it was because of the substantial cost savings, and 48% of mums said they were using or considering reusables as they are better for their baby.

    The latest report, published by the Environment Agency in 2008 confirms that reusable nappies, if used and laundered according to manufacturer’s guidelines, can reduce the global warming impact of using reusable nappies over disposables by an incredible 40%. In addition, eight thousand reusable nappies are thrown into the bin in the UK every day. It is estimated that disposable nappies take approximately 200-300 years to decompose in landfill, releasing methane gasses as they do so.
    Parents can save money by using reusable nappies for their children, and even more if the nappies are passed on to subsequent children.

    Bambino Mio’s reusable nappies are made from 100% cotton. As well as being completely natural, cotton is supersoft and breathable allowing baby to maintain a healthy temperature. Since disposable nappies appeared in the UK, the average potty training age has now risen to nearly three years old. When wearing reusable nappies toddlers actually experience and can relate to the wetting sensation, making it much easier when it comes to potty training.

    35% of parents now use reusable nappies at some stage in their child’s nappy wearing years. As the environment remains high on the social agenda and the unsecure economic climate continues to prevail, it is clear parents will continue to look to reusable nappies as a sustainable, natural and affordable way of caring for their baby.
  • 23 Sep 2010 7:54 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    The Willow Store (Manufacturer)
    RDIA Member Since 23 August 2010
    Verona, Wisconsin

    Sprout Change cloth diapersChanging the diaper: Springdale business markets new product

    Springdale, WI - September 22, 2010

    New member The Willow Store, manufacturer of Sprout Change cloth diapers, was featured in her local paper, the Wisconsin State Journal, this week. 

    "Catherine Bolden has pinned her hopes for success on a different kind of diaper. And with the diaper she has developed, that's the only kind of pinning required."

    Catherine Bolden of the Willow Store cloth diapers
  • 05 Aug 2010 8:27 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Handmade Toy Alliance (Associate member)
    RDIA Member Since 27 July 2010
    Stamford, Connecticut

    The Handmade Toy Alliance launches new website

    Handmade Toy Alliance logoStamford, CT – August 2, 2010 – This past month, the Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) launched a new web site with improved member and navigation features. The updated site will allow the HTA to more easily support small batch manufacturers and specialty retailers as well as share information with the public.

    “Since our inception in November of 2008, and later incorporation in April of 2009, the HTA has grown by leaps and bounds – now supporting over 400 small businesses nationwide,” stated Randy Hertzler, Board Member and owner of EuroToyShop (PA) and BigWindow LLC (www.bigwindow.net), a web design and programming company. “The new site will allow us to connect with members quicker and easier with new forums, interactive features and an eventual marketplace.”

    “This has been a massive undertaking,” Hertzler shared. “Since we began as a grassroots organization, our information was stored in 3 or 4 different locations and formats. Installing the new web site allows us to organize our data in one central location and helps to move our alliance forward as it develops into a professional trade organization.”

    "We were lucky that Randy was able to combine his experiences as a toy store owner and programmer for our cause," said HTA vice president Dan Marshall of Peapods Natural Toys (MN). Layout and navigation design for the new site was also donated by graphic designer and branding consultant, Lizzie Sorensen (www.lizziesorensen.com). "Many hours of work went in to this effort which will benefit our members for years to come," Marshall added.

    The HTA includes 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

    Cecilia Leibovitz,
    President
    Craftsbury Kids
    (Montpelier,VT)
    Tel. 802-223-7143
    ceci@craftsburykids.com

    Mary Newell, Owner
    Terrapin Toys
    (Eugene, OR)
    Tel. 541-461-1585
    hta@softdough.com


  • 02 Aug 2010 10:57 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (Associate member)
    RDIA member since 28 July 2010
    New York, NY

    Baby Carrier Industry AllianceBCIA Opens For General Membership

    New York, NY,  July 28, 2010    The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) is excited to announce their initial push for members. In their efforts to reach both individuals and businesses of all sizes, the BCIA has set a membership structure to appeal to all audiences. With their key initiatives in mind, the BCIA asks members to contribute as much as they can.

    Kristi Hayes-Devlin, board chair, emphasizes the time-sensitive first action items of the BCIA.  "Infant slings have been recently placed in the 'durable infant product' category, which requires a mandatory CPSC standard," explains Hayes-Devlin. 

    Hayes-Devlin points to this quote from Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC chairperson: “If you act swiftly, like ASTM has done recently with cribs, then we at CPSC can recognize the improved standard at the mandatory level.” 

    "This is why the first order of business of the BCIA is to finalize an excellent voluntary standard for infant slings that is both safe and also achievable for small babywearing businesses," continues Hayes-Devlin.  "From there, we will move to unite our industry behind the message that babywearing is critical to the public health of families everywhere.  To achieve these goals, we need both funds and practical support."

    Membership in the BCIA is divided into two primary categories – "General Supporter" for those individuals and businesses who support the work of the BCIA but not a part of the industry, and "Business Member" for companies and individuals who are financially invested in the industry.

    "We really wanted to have a place for the parents, friends, and supportive organizations to have voice and see what we do, even if they are not financially invested in this industry," says Britt Pegan, BCIA board member and head of the membership subcommittee.  "This is why we created the Friend and Champion levels.  We have some fun benefits for both outlined on the website, but in particular our Champions will receive ongoing discounts and promotions with vendors both in and outside the trade.  Also, BCIA 'supporters' also have access to our member-only forums."

    The Business Memberships are available at four graduated levels and offer several key benefits to businesses, such as group buying power, access to international research on babywearing and baby carriers, the opportunity to vote on policies and run for elected positions, a listing on the BCIA website and in the "Who's New?" section of their newsletter, and membership in the BCIA business forums, where open legitimate business-related industry discussion already happens.  Additionally, all members joining before September 1, 2010 will hold a designation of "Charter Member" for the duration of their membership. 

    "The membership guidelines are just that -- guidelines.  We want our members to join us in achieving our goals at the level that best fits their business," continues Pegan.  "The more businesses and individuals contributing to our campaigns, the stronger we will all be.  We are hoping to see a stellar response to this Alliance."

    For more information on the BCIA check out their website: www.babycarrierindustryalliance.org.

    CONTACT: Joanna McNeilly, Speranza Enterprises, LLC
    joanna@speranzallc.com
    www.BabyCarrierIndustryAlliance.org
  • 07 Jul 2010 10:16 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Real Diaper Association (Associate member)
    RDIA member since 8 Dec 2008
    San Diego, California

    Real Diaper Association celebrates 6th anniversary with $3,500 in 35 days
    Real Diaper Association cloth diapersWhat a great time for cloth diapers!

    More families than at any time in the past generation are choosing 100% reusable cloth diapers because of cost savings, lower environmental impact, or health concerns.  Cloth diapers are available in major stores.  There are hundreds of cloth diaper brands and styles to meet every diapering need.  And, cloth diaper advocates are spreading their experience online and in their local communities.  

    Six years ago, Real Diaper Association set out to encourage advocates to reach out to parents and caregivers to choose cloth diapers for babies.  

    Since 2004, Real Diaper Association has played a leading role in the cloth diaper movement. They have trained grassroots advocates to run local Real Diaper Circles, compiled and distributed research, worked with the media, businesses, and other organizations to increase awareness of cloth diapers, and provided unbiased support for consumers. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, RDA does this with the support of their member donors’ tax deductible gifts.


    Last year, RDA employed an Executive Director who is leading the organization in a flurry of activity.


    Fifteen active Real Diaper Circles hold local meetings, teaching families face to face how to use cloth diapers. Nearly 100 volunteers in training are working become Real Diaper Circle Leaders across the U.S. and Canada.

    August 11th is Real Diaper Association’s 6th anniversary.  To celebrate years of cloth diaper education and advocacy and to support the position of Executive Director, they have launched a campaign to raise $3,500 in 35 days.  


    There is more work to be done to advocate cloth diapers.  The Real Diaper Association Executive Director has volunteers ready to do that work, and it’s time for cloth diaper advocates to support the position of RDA Executive Director so she can change the world one baby at a time.

    Please tell your contacts that you support cloth diapers, and ask them to support Real Diaper Association in their cloth diaper education and advocacy.  

    Support $3,500 in 35 days for Real Diapers.



    Contact Angela Imes angela@realdiaperassociation.org for more information.

    Visit the Real Diaper Association website and blog.
    Connect with Real Diaper Association on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Razoo.
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