Friday, May 21, 2010

Follow Friday: Let's Have a Blog Hop!

Found this groovy Blog Hop over at my SIL's Blog! Follow and be followed back, it's that easy. Add your Blog and grab the code.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My take on the Cloth vs. Disposable war!

(I had the pleasure of writing this post for the Knickernappies Blog and thought I'd like to share my thoughts here with you all as well.)

There is no end in sight to the battle between cloth diapers and disposables. The use of eco-friendly diapering alternatives is on the rise and the mega-manufacturers of sposies have taken notice. We can not expect them to sit back and watch as our industry grows in popularity, converting one mom at a time from disposables to cloth or hybrids.

The lines have been drawn in the sand and advocates for both sides have been standing their ground, playing defense for their team.

What's the problem? The problem is that it's hard to tell Fact from Fiction, especially when some of the largest companies back their own studies and provide the public with what they want you to believe are un-biased scientific facts.

This post will address some of the most common Facts and try to provide you with enough information and legitimate sources to allow you to make up your own mind about what truly is Fact or Fiction.

Let us first address the topic of resources and energy used in the production and consumption of cloth diapers vs. disposables. Have you read The Great Diaper Debate? It's a great article and makes valid points both for and against cloth diapers and disposables.

It cites studies who have evaluated the energy usage for the use of cloth diapers and claims to have found there to be no real difference environmentally between the two competing daipering methods.

"found no difference between the overall environmental impact of disposable diapers, home-laundered cloth, and commercially laundered cloth diapers."

But they do go on to say that conflicting studies have found the results to be much more complicated.

What's my take? Well to me the difference is obvious. Studies, most likely backed by those large mega-manufacturers, always like to point out the energy used in washing and drying cloth diapers, the resources used by the trucks who work for cloth diaper services as they transport the cloth diapers to and from customers, etc.

But what about that plank sticking out of their own eye? I guess they didn't notice it because they were so busy looking for the speck in ours. The energy used to make the disposables, the resources used to transport millions and millions of diapers to stores across the country and around the globe? I rarely see any mention of it. Comparisons are always made to the diapers that end up in landfills vs. the energy and resources needed to care for cloth diapers. What about where the disposables come from? They don't just magically appear.

Let's take a look at some other facts, really obvious ones, facts that don't need expensive studies to back them up.

FACT: Cloth Diapers are made by humans and not machines, are not made in huge factories that create pollution, and are not made with components that are also made in turn by more machine operated, environment-polluting factories.

FACT: Cloth Diapers are primarily sold by small family owned and operated businesses and mom-entrepreneurs. Disposables are sold in mass quantities by BIG BOX retailers.

FACT: The health risks to your baby are greater when using disposables than when using cloth diapers made of natural fibers.

FACT: According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, one disposable diaper is approximated to take up to 450 years to decompose in a landfill. The RDA estimates that a baby could use approximately 6,00 diapers in their first two years of life.

These facts are not complicated and do not require super in depth answers, they are pretty cut and dry and in my opinion make the clear winner obvious.

Lastly, let me leave you with this sweet video. It will give you a glimpse at all the loving care that goes into the production of disposables.

If you can not view the video here you can follow this link to watch it on Youtube

Written by Julia Clark

Monday, May 17, 2010

CLOSED: Pimp Your Jewelry! Handmade by Waterwaif on Etsy, Silver Aqua Seaglass with Starfish Charm Necklace

This week's Pimp Your Stash Winner will have their jewelry stash pimped instead of their baby's diaper stash! I know, this is a cloth diaper blog, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun from time to time and try to win something nice for ourselves instead of our babies.

My wonderful sister-in-law Tara, a.k.a. The Waterwaif on Etsy has custom made this gorgeous genuine Aqua Seaglass pendant with starfish charm. It comes on a 16" silver cobra snake chain and retails for approximately $40.00.

This weeks mandatory task for your first entry is Visit Waterwaif's Etsy store and pair your favorite earrings with either a matching necklace or bracelet. Comment with either the names of your two choices or links to them.

Special Offer: Orders placed at Waterwaif's Etsy Store during the giveaway will receive 10% off! Send her a convo on etsy after checkout with the comments "Diaper Discussions Blog" and she'll refund your 10% off.

Guidelines for Entry
-In order to participate in our weekly contest and validate all extra entries you must first answer the weekly question.

-Please, be sure to be logged into your email account when you post your comment for us to be able to contact you if you win (that is with the option called OpenID). If you have a blog, be sure to be logged into the account linked to your blog for an easier way to contact you....

-This contest runs until Sunday May 23, 2010 @ 9pm EST.

-Winners are chosen using, notified on Saturdays and winners name also posted on Blog.

-Winners have 7 days from contest end to claim their prize.

-Participation is open to mamas and papas worldwide! Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in the fun, however we are not responsible for lost packages and prizes that do not reach their destination will not be replaced.

-How to earn extra entries:
* (10) Make a purchase from Waterwaif between now and the end of the giveaway
* (1) Become a FAN of Earth Angels Diaper Co. on FaceBook
* (1) Become a FAN of Waterwaif on FaceBook
* (1) Subscribe to our Newsletter
* (1) Follow Us on Twitter
* (1) Follow Waterwaif on Twitter
* (1) Follow this Blog, Diaper Discussions
* (1) Follow Waterwaif's Blog
* (1) Add Waterwaif's Etsy Store to your Etsy Favorite Sellers
* (1) Place the Waterwaif's Banner on your site or Blog
* (3) Tweet About the Giveaway (use @thewaterwaif in the tweet and link to this GiveAway)
* (3) Advertise our Giveaway in your blog, facebook, forums or website (post with your comment the direct link where you posted about it).

--- Please post a separate comment for each extra entry and let us know which you've chosen to do in that comment ---

Good Luck!!

We're sponsoring a Giveaway! Win a Duo Wrap, Flip Insert & Tiny Bubbles Detergent at The Budget Mommy's Blog

Earth Angels Diaper Co is sponsoring a giveaway over at The Budget Mommy's Blog.

One lucky winner will receive
  • Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover in the color/print/size/closure of your choice!
  • Flip Organic Cotton Insert
  • Tiny Bubbles Detergent
There are many great ways to enter. Contest is open until June 4th, 2010. Head on over and enter today!

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