October 31, 2008

Reusable cloth diapers are proven better for the environment than disposables!

For years, the only studies done comparing the environmental impact of cloth to disposables have been commissioned by disposable diapering companies. The few studies that weren't paid for by the disposable diaper companies were done with diaper-service diapers (many bleach-filled washings and replacing the prefolds after only 6 months of use). Finally, an independent European study has been published using modern cloth diapers.

Reusable nappies better for the environment - it’s official!
The latest report by the Environment Agency 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%.*
Reusable nappies, if used in an environmentally responsible way, create significantly less environmental impact than disposable nappies.
The new report is an update of the Environment Agency’s initial report on the life cycle assessment study for disposable and reusable nappies, which was released in May 2005. The much criticised 2005 report seemed to conclude that there was no significant difference between the environmental impacts of disposable and reusable nappies.
Guy Schanschieff, MD of Bambino Mio, Europe’s leading reusable nappy brand and Chair of the UK Nappy Alliance said: “I am delighted that this update has been published to correct the misunderstanding created by the initial report. It confirms that responsible use of reusable nappies would reduce the modern parent’s environmental impact. Many people questioned the 2005 report and this led to the government commissioning this latest update. Reusable nappies are not only better for the environment, as confirmed by this report, but can save parents considerable amounts of money, which is particularly resonant in the present economic climate.”
Defra’s findings have apparently been contradicted in the Sunday Times, who have latched on to the report’s findings regarding laundry habits. They state that if parents used tumble dryers and washed the nappies at 90oC the carbon impact could ‘spiral to 993kg of CO2.’ However, most parents wash at more sensible temperatures!
* An updated Lifecycle Assessment Study for Disposable and Reusable Nappies, published 17/10/08.
Copies of the latest report are available from www.defra.gov.uk

October 30, 2008

Moby Wraps & carrying your baby

In September I attended a huge baby tradeshow in Las Vegas. It was amazing...over 1200 booths spread over 7 miles of aisles. Yikes!

One brand I was eager to check out was Moby Wrap. I never used a Moby when my daughter was a baby, but I sure would have if I'd known about them. At the Moby booth, I was able to try a Moby on, using my 34 pound daughter as a test baby. I wore her on my back and was amazed at how easy the Moby was to use. It was comfortable, easy to put on and take off, and comes in several great colors. I picked up an Indigo Moby for myself and Camille got a red Mini Moby for her dolls.

I did go ahead and order Moby Wraps at the show and they arrived yesterday! I just bought a few to start with...some basic colors and some of the gorgeous Moby D (brocade, fleece, etc...they're beautiful!) If you're interested in carrying your baby, or babywearing, then check out the Moby Wraps.

In other news, Camille started preschool this week! She was on our church's waiting list and they called last week with an opening. She started on Tuesday and is having so much fun!
She goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 1/2 hours. So far she's learned the letter "p" and today they had a Pajama Pumpkin Party where they brought their best Pals (stuffed animals) for show & tell. She had a great time.

October 28, 2008

Great Cloth Diaper Hunt starts Saturday!

Have you heard about the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt yet? It's a scavenger hunt through almost 200 cloth diapering stores and natural living stores. In a nutshell, you go to each site and hunt for a cloth diaper icon. If you find just one in a day, you are eligible to win a daily prize worth $15. The more icons you find, the bigger the prizes you are eligible for. The top prizes are worth over $500! The prizes are collections of diapers, gift certificates, soaps, tshirts, and more. No junk...this is all really cool stuff!

Here's an inviation to register and start hunting:
It’s that time again! We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the Eighth semi-annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt™!

How does the GCDH work? It’s simple! You register at
http://www.diaperdecisions.com/pages/greatclothdiaperhunt.php on or after October 15, 2008. Then you visit all the participating sponsor sites and hunt for the Diaper Decisions™ diaper, to earn entries to the 65 random prize drawings, including Two Grand Prizes and one Ultimate Grand Prize!

For more details about this great event, please visit the Rules and FAQ pages at
http://www.diaperdecisions.com/pages/greatclothdiaperhunt.php . See you at the hunt!
Cloth Diaper Outlet is participating and the fun begins Saturday! We've donated a $25 gift certificate for one lucky winner!