Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Dirties on Diapering

I recently stumbled upon a page on FB called The Dirties on Diapering.  At first I just thought it was another cloth diaper store or fan page until I took a closer look and fell in love.

The Dirties on Diapering is a grass roots effort started by 1 mom/photographer with the idea to create a beautiful coffee table book full of photographs highlighting the modern cloth diapers.  So many people picture pins and rubber pants when they hear the term "cloth diapers".  So the idea of this book is exciting!
The book will not only feature the beautiful modern cloth diaper options it will also show the ugly side of disposable diapers with photos of things such as landfills full of dirty diapers.

She has an amazing video on her blog, FB page and Kickstarter page but me being the complete blog DUNCE that I am I can't figure out how to post it.  Instead I will highlight some of the must impressive and moving quotes from the video and you can head over to 1 of her pages to see it for yourself.

"98% of parents still use disposables"

WOW!  I sure thought there were more of us cloth mamas than that, 2%?!  Let's start a cloth revolution!  Imagine the world if even 25% of us used cloth!

"Most disposables contain DIOXIN-- which is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals! And its on baby ALL DAY AND NIGHT!"


Disposables also contain chemicals like:
"TBT- connected to hormonal issues"
"SAP- Banned from tampons because of Toxic Shock Syndrome"
"VOCs: Connected to asthma, liver/kidney and nervous system issues, and cancer"

"Disposable diapers are the third largest consumer item in landfills and take more than 250 yrs to decompose!"

HOLY SMOKES!  Disposable diapers have only been around since approx 1947so that means every single disposable diaper that has ever been used, EVER is still in a landfill somewhere.  EVERY SINGLE ONE! GAG!!  I want to say that the other 2 items are plastic water bottles and plastic grocery bags but I am not 100% sure on this??

"The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than washing cloth"

This was one of my biggest arguments as to why I did not want to switch to cloth (before I switched and was trying to talk myself out of it because the idea intimidated me). I told people that any impact I made on the environment by switching to cloth would be null and void due to the amount of water I would be wasting to clean them.

She has 45 days left and has a little over 1/2 of her goal of $6,000.  Can you help?  Can you donate $1, $5, $10, more?
If you would like to donate check out her Kickstarter page for information on how. 
A pledge of $15 or more earns you a free copy of the book once it is published.

If money is tight and its hard to donate even $1 don't worry, you can still help in 2 huge ways:

First by spreading the word about her project.  Tell all of your cloth loving friends, like The Dirties on FB and suggest it to all of your friends (I know they took away the suggest feature but you can still link the page on your wall), write a blog about it, post about it in cloth diapering forums, etc etc.

Secondly you can help for free by heading over to the  Red Tricycle and signing up for their parenting newsletter.  All you have to do is list "The Dirties on Diapering" in the referral box and for every person that signs up now through March 30 they will donate $1.  So if 100 sign up that's $100.

She also has a few giveaways for free diapers on her blog:  You have to be a backer in order to enter the contests, but you are considered a backer by donating $1 or more.

And she has a cloth diaper photo contest that I myself entered:

The photos are on her FB page and you vote by liking or commenting on which picture you like.
I did enter the contest but I am not going to tell you which picture is mine or ask for votes because that is not the purpose of this blog.  The purpose is to get the word out about The Dirties on Diapering so that she can meet her goal of $6,000 in time and get the book published.

I truly think that together, moms can do anything and if we unite we can really impact and change the world for good.  I think this is a good place to start.

Any mama who has tried cloth diapering can tell you just how addicting the fluff can be.  Just try it, you will be hooked.<- I sound like a drug pusher, instead I am a fluff pusher!

You can also consider it your RAOK for the March of Kindness event.

this fluff addicted mama,

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post! I liked them on Facebook and signed up for the newsletter!


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