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  • 17 Apr 2011 11:00 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Diaper Pin (Diaper Info Service)
    Member since 1 January 2009
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Diaper Pin cloth diaper informationDiaper Pin Celebrates 11th Birthday with Contest Series

    RALEIGH, NC, April 16, 2011 -  In what has become an annual tradition, Diaper Pin is celebrating its birthday with an multi-day contest series. The event is called "P'in our Prime" playing on the word "Pin" - Diaper Pin's nickname given by the loyal forum members.

    Typically Diaper Pin unveils the details of each contest throughout the duration of the event adding to the excitement and anticipation for the members. Diaper Pin hosts a variety of contests so visitors can take part in at least one, if not all of them. While the specifics are not given ahead of time, prior contests have included photo submissions, scavenger hunts, caption contests and trivia quizzes. Diaper Pin has a few new, fun and engaging contests this year.

    The leading online destination dedicated to the support of cloth diapers, Diaper Pin, celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. Over the past eleven years, the Diaper Pin site (http://diaperpin.com) has grown tremendously in terms of the site’s offerings as well as avid followers.  Today, Diaper Pin has more than 200 current directory members, 2300 products listings, 4000 business and product reviews, and a wonderful community of cloth diapering parents who provide support for cloth diapering- and parenting-related interests.  The community’s unique activities include Pin Pals – where members give hand-me downs or gifts to fellow members; various support forums; and sell and trade programs.

    Participate in Diaper Pin's community through its forums, facebook page or twitter.

    About Diaper Pin

    The ultimate resource for cloth diapering, Diaper Pin (http://diaperpin.com) is maintained by a small group of mamas who are dedicated to the support of cloth diapers. Diaper Pin features a comprehensive cloth diaper business directory, cloth diaper product reviews, parenting support forums, articles, and cloth diapering tips and advice.  Diaper Pin was founded in May 2000.
  • 15 Apr 2011 4:02 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Bummis (Manufacturer)
    Charter member since 10 September 2008
    Montreal, Quebec


    Bummis cloth diapersWorld Record to be set in Montreal on April 23rd 2011 at 12:30PM!


    Boutique Bummis & BabyAuric Diaper Service are co-hosting The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011 at Bummis’ new boutique on St-Laurent Blvd.

    This is a global effort to set a Guinness World Record for how many babies can be changed into cloth diapers at one time. There will be events in over 400 communities around the world – including Montreal.

    The Green Party of Canada representative, François Pilon has graciously agreed to be the official witness for this first of its kind World Record attempt.

    Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past 10 years, and our goal is to generate awareness, as cloth diapering once again becomes mainstream.

    A few fun facts:

    • Cloth diapers are really easy to use
    • Diaper services deliver to your door, but cost the same or less than using disposables
    • Buying and washing your own cloth diapers will save you about $2000
    • Using cloth diapers will prevent one ton of garbage per baby from ending up in our landfills
    • Babies love the softness and comfort of cloth diapers... and
    • Cloth diapers are REALLY cute

    Members of the press and community are invited to attend the fun-filled family event this April 23rd to show support for families using cloth diapers, Montreal diaper subsidy programming and local environmental initiatives.

    Event Location:  4302 Saint Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W 1Z3

    The official record breaking event will be taking place at 12:30pm EST.  Arrive around 12:00pm for opening ceremonies.  The day will include over $5000 of giveaways and fun family activities in Portugal Park.

    What better way to celebrate Earth Day?  Pre-registrants from http://clothdiapers.eventbrite.com will receive free gift bag and raffle tickets.

    For more information: Jamie Wolfe (514 289-9855, x206) or Samantha Cockburn (514 483-2874)

  • 12 Apr 2011 3:25 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Atlanta Diaper Service (Diaper Service)
    RDIA Member Since 24 Nov 2010
    Marietta, Georgia

    Atlanta Diaper ServiceAtlanta Diaper Service is a division of Natural Parenting Atlanta.


    Earth Day Attempt to Put Cloth Diapers on Record

    Atlanta cloth diapering families join 400 international locations in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time.

    Most parents of young babies would probably say that diapering is one of the less enjoyable tasks of parenthood. But this group of Atlanta parents, spearheaded by Natural Parenting Atlanta, love their diapers so much they’re hoping to memorialize them in a world record.

    Part of an international event organized by the Real Diaper Association, The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place on April 23. In localized events timed to coincide across different time zones, the Great Cloth Diaper Change will attempt to set a Guinness
    World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at one time. Timed to coincide with Earth Day, the event is intended to raise awareness about cloth diapers and publicize the availability and convenience of modern cloth diapers. Within the first week after
    registration opened, more than 70 Atlanta families signed up to participate in the event. Over 150 are expected to register.

    According to the Real Diaper Association, the average baby wears approximately 6,000 diapers during the first two years of life. Over 92% of disposable diapers are put into landfills, where they can take as long as 250 years to decompose. They are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and the manufacture and use of disposable diapers uses 2.3 times more water than cloth.

    “Nothing comes closer to your baby than a diaper, so the diapering decisions a parent makes is extremely important. Being a cloth diaper convert and mother of five myself, I know the realm of diapering a baby pretty well. I believe that using reusable cloth diapers is not only better for the environment, but far healthier and much more comfortable than the use of single-use disposable diapers composed of synthetic paper, plastic, and chemicals.” Rachel Harp, CEO of Natural Parenting Atlanta, is organizing the intown Atlanta location for the Great Cloth Diaper Change, which will take place at Leapin’ Lizards Play and Party Facility in Decatur, Georgia, from 11 to 1 pm on April 23. The actual diaper change will occur at 12:30 pm.

    For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Lisa Baker at 678.982.0744 or via email at  lisa.b@naturalparentingatl.com.
  • 11 Apr 2011 10:30 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Dandy Diaper Service (Diaper Service)
    RDIA member since 13 January 2011
    Southwest Harbor, Maine

    Dandy Diaper Service in Southwest Harbor MaineDandy Diaper Service hopes to capitalize on cloth diaper rebirth

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine -  From a storefront just off Main Street in Southwest Harbor, Hudson washes, dries and folds parents’ cloth diapers and delivers fresh ones every week. Her service provides parents the option of using cloth diapers without having to do the messy cleaning in their own homes.

    “You never think, ‘Oh, I’m going to be a diaper cleaner,’” the 33-year-old Georgia native said Saturday from her store, which opened in January. “But it’s something I would have loved to have as a parent, and there is definitely a need.”

    Hudson’s two children, a 6-year-old and an almost 4-year-old, are out of diapers now, but she and her husband, a local lobsterman, did use cloth diapers with her youngest. There was no diaper service then, so they did all the work themselves.

    Dandy Diapers in Bangor Daily News

  • 27 Mar 2011 3:21 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Dandy Diaper ServiceCClean Bee Laundrylean Bee Laundry (Diaper Service)
    RDIA Charter Member Since 4 October 2008
    Camden, Maine

    Dandy Diaper Service (Diaper Service)
    RDIA Member Since 13 January 2011
    Southwest Harbor, Maine

    Maine Diaper Services on the Air

    Liz Hudson of Dandy Diaper Service and Jennifer Temple of Clean Bee Laundry, both of Maine, were recently interviewed on WERU 89.9 Blue Hill radio. They were the featured guests of the show Baby Talk.

    The conversation focused on the basics of cloth diapering as well as the how tos and whys of using a cloth diaper service. Host Cathy Jacobs was surprised by the number of call-in questions they received from listeners. The phone was still ringing at the end of the hour!

    The archived show can be heard online.
  • 16 Mar 2011 7:42 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Mountain Green (associate)
    Member since 29 December 2010
    Tempe, Arizona

    Mountain Green laundry products for cloth diapersMountain Green products now available at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts



    Mountain Green laundry products at Jo-Ann


  • 01 Mar 2011 2:35 PM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Z Bear Diapers (retailer)
    Member since 10 September 2008
    Holt, Michigan

    Z Bear DiapersZ. Bear Diapers - Eco-friendly baby care!

    Stephanie White, owner of Z Bear Diapers, was recently interviewed for a profile in the newsletter of her local Downtown Development Authority, Our Town.
    About a year and a half ago, Z. Bear Diapers outgrew Stephanie’s home storage space. She and Joe found a space that would fill the need for additional storage and also accommodate a small showroom, and the next phase of Z. Bear began.

    “There’s so much information online about cloth diapering, it can get really overwhelming really fast,” she said. “I wanted to be a local resource so parents can come in and see firsthand the different options that are available.”

    Stephanie also does cloth diapering consultations at the store, and local customers can pick up orders there as well. She estimates that 85-90 percent of her business is local. “That’s what I love,” she said.

    Read the full profile.

    Z Bear Diapers profile
  • 10 Feb 2011 11:15 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Jillian's Drawers (Retailer)
    RDIA Charter Member since 10 Sep 2008
    Ithaca, New York

    Jillian's Drawers cloth diapersJillian's Drawers wins "Best of Downtown Ithaca" award

    The Ithaca Journal reported that Jillian's Drawers was among this year's Downtown Ithaca award winners in the area of retail achievement. 
    "The Downtown Ithaca Alliance hosted its annual dinner Monday at the Finger Lakes Wine Center with 11 individuals and businesses receiving awards for their service and work in downtown." 

    You can see the Jillian's Drawers team with their awards on their Facebook page. 
  • 31 Jan 2011 9:07 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Clean Bee Laundry (Diaper Service)
    RDIA Charter Member Since 4 Oct 2008
    Camden, Maine

    Clean Bee LaundryClean Bee Expands to Belfast

    BELFAST, MAINE, January 27, 2011 - Clean Bee Laundry has opened at 104 Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast, next to Family Dollar and Dirigo Glass. Owners Broo and Jennifer Temple began business in 2005 as Buzzie Bee Diapers, a cloth diaper service and supply company based in Rockland that served the Belfast to Waldoboro area. The diaper service is now under the Clean Bee name. "We learned so much about green laundry techniques and stain removal with the diaper service that we've decided to grow our business by also serving the wider population's laundry needs," says Jennifer Temple.

  • 02 Dec 2010 10:57 AM | Admin of RDIA (Administrator)
    Handmade Toy Alliance (Associate member)
    RDIA Member Since 27 July 2010
    Stamford, Connecticut
    Handmade Toy Alliance logo

    Handmade Toy Alliance to Testify at Senate Commerce Sub-Committee Oversight Hearing

    The Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) will testify on Thursday December 2nd at a Senate Commerce Sub-Committee oversight hearing regarding the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    The Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) will testify on Thursday December 2nd at a Senate Commerce Sub-Committee oversight hearing regarding the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). HTA board member Jill Chuckas (Crafty Baby – CT), Board Member Randy Hertzler (euroSource – PA) and Board member Kate Glynn (A Child’s Garden and Impish – MA) will travel to DC to participate in this very important process. The HTA was formally invited to testify and looks forward to this opportunity to continue the discussion of the need to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). As a new Congress begins, the HTA is hopeful that this will be a large step towards meaningful reform.

    This past April, the HTA testified in a House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee hearing. HTA Vice-President Dan Marshall (Peapods –MN) stated “Our focus now is to help this process proceed quickly. It has been a very long road to common sense changes to the CPSIA. The time for waiting is over. Congress needs to move swiftly to fix the issues with the CPSIA.”

    ”We now have an opportunity to address issues with the CPSIA in front of the Senate Commerce Sub-Committee. This is an important move to continue our fight to keep specialty retail stores, toymakers and children's product manufacturers from having to close and go out of business due to the constraints of the CPSIA,” stated Board member, Jill Chuckas (Crafty Baby – CT).

    Board member Mary Newell (Terrapin Toys –OR) shared “The CPSIA has caused me to step backwards in how I run my company. To comply with the CPSIA is confusing, changing and very costly. I am just trying to focus on tried and true products and feel very uncertain about trying anything new. I have tested to safety standards for the past 15 years at a reasonable cost to my business but with the new testing protocol, my testing costs have dramatically increased. Without some reform it will be a struggle to stay in business.”

    Chuckas continues, “Over the last two years, we have been told countless times that the CPSIA was never meant to adversely affect small toy companies and the member businesses the HTA represents. Yet time and time again we have hit brick walls when trying to get meaningful reform passed to fix the CPSIA.” The HTA reports that this lack of reform has left their member’s business’ and countless other companies confused and unable to move forward, struggling to navigate the costly labeling and third party testing protocols, without adding to overall product safety.

    Newell adds “We have worked tirelessly, along with many others, to enact common sense change within this legislation, always holding on to the fact that the products we create are and have been safe. We have also seen numerous member’s companies go out of business, change product lines or get out of the children’s market altogether. Not because they were unsafe or harmful products but because the CPSIA has made it impossible to continue what they love and enjoy doing - making and selling creative handmade products.” The HTA remains hopeful about this opportunity to address the committee and looks forward to having meaningful reform of the CPSIA, thereby correcting these unintended consequences.

    The HTA consists of 592 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
    mary@softdough.com


    Press Contact:
    Jill Chuckas
    Stamford, CT
    jill@craftybaby.com
    888-788-5168
    http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org
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