August 9, 2012

Cloth Diapers and Hemp? What's the scoop?

Welcome to Everything you ever wanted to know about Hemp!

Why do an entire post on Hemp? Because Hemp is fast becoming one of the most popular components in diaper making and it happens to be sustainable too. The problem is that it's controversial and there are many misconceptions regarding this amazing resource. Hopefully this post will shine some light on the truth about Hemp and help us all understand it's place in our lives.

Let's first address some of those laughable yet serious questions that most people may have about Hemp.

If it's Hemp can I smoke it? This seems like a silly question, people really aren't going to try and roll up their hemp t-shirt or diaper and smoke it, but in theory they wonder "Are hemp and marijuana the same thing? The truth is that hemp plants and marijuana plants are NOT the same.

Both the marijuana plant and hemp plant are of the same species but must be grown to produce entirely different plants to yield the desired results. Marijuana plants are desired for their leaves and/or buds and are therefore grown to be "bushy." Hemp plants grown for their fiber and edible seeds are cultivated to be stalky plants with very few leaves. Finally, marijuana results in a crop with high levels of THC while hemp plants contain only trace amounts.

What makes Hemp perfect for cloth diapers and clothing? Well as far back as Christopher Columbus people have been using hemp because of it's superior strength and durability compared to other fibers. It is one the fastest growing renewable energy sources and requires little to no pesticides and no herbicides, unlike cotton, which makes it a super eco-alternative. It also produces more protein, oil, and fiber than any other plant on earth.

Hemp is also superior in it's absorbency compared to other fibers. When compared to cotton it was able to absorb at least 50% more liquid and required much less mass which makes it a super absorbent AND trim alternative.

Hemp is also naturally anti-microbial! This provides a natural protection against mold, mildew, undesired bacteria and other fungus. This is a huge perk and a valuable trait, especially for cloth diapers and inserts.

So let's re-cap!
  • You can't smoke Hemp
  • Hemp is a renewable and sustainable resource
  • Hemp is an environmentally friendly crop
  • Hemp is superior in strength
  • Hemp is more absorbent
  • Hemp has naturally anti-microbial properties
  • Hemp is more durable than cotton and other fibers

So, now you know why the Cloth Diaper Industry thinks Hemp is the perfect choice for use in some of their most popular products! You can find Hemp in a variety of Knickernappies items like Loopy Do's, Super Do's, Just Hemp Doublers, Stay Dry Hemp Doublers, Hemp Prefolds, Stackable Mama Pads, Reusable Nursing Pads & More!

We hope this post has helped you view Hemp in a whole new light!

August 7, 2012

Trophy Tuesday, Enter to win Ruby Moon Detergent or Save 15% this week only!

You might remember Heather's post recently when she added Ruby Moon Detergent to Cloth Diaper Outlet's line up.  She's a fanatic about truly trying and testing products, especially detergents, before she agrees to carry the line and offer the product to her customers.  After all, it's important to know a product works and how it works before being able to confidently recommend it.

So, for a couple months now, Cloth Diaper Outlet has been using Ruby Moon at home on their cloth diapers and selling it successfully to it's customers.

This week, we're giving you a chance to win a bag of Ruby Moon Detergent and a chance to save 15% off Ruby Moon when you buy it this week only.

Ruby Moon Detergent, a cloth diaper safe detergent was crafted especially for delicate skin and keeping your diapers tremendously clean. Our zero build up formula never leaves a residue on your diapers and can eliminate your need to strip your diapers and hassle with a complicated wash routine!

Ruby Moon Cloth Diaper Detergent is
• All Natural
• Vegan/Cruelty Free
• Biodegradable and Good for the Environment
• Works in all water types
• Phosphate, Enzyme, Optical Brightener, Fabric Softener and Soap free

Each bag contains enough cloth diaper detergent for 45 loads of diapers in a top loader and 90 loads in a HE washer. No other cloth diaper safe detergent will leave your diapers this fresh and odor free so easily!

Win It!  Enter via the Rafflecopter form below and you could win a bag of Ruby Moon Detergent from Cloth Diaper Outet!

On Sale!  Use code TROPHY this week only and save 15% off the purchase of Ruby Moon Detergent at Cloth Diaper Outlet!
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Winner of the $20 GC to Cloth Diaper Outlet is...

Congrats to Kelsea Y!  She's the lucky winner of our last Trophy Tuesday Giveaway for a $20 GC to Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Kelsea will be able to spend her $20 Gift Certificate on whatever she likes at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Thank you all for continuing to follow us on Facebook and for following our blog.  Stay tuned for another great giveaway coming up!