Thursday, October 29, 2009

Short Clip from Sundance Channel "Big Ideas for Small Planet"

We will post the full version as soon as we get it :)

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Big Ideas for a Small Planet – Update

FuzziBunz was featured on the Sundance Channel's "Big Ideas for a Small Planet" on October 27.  It will be re-airing so check your local TV guide for times! We will be posting a clip of the show as soon as we get it.

Here are a few comments from Tereson on the FuzziBunz Eco Diaper that was mentioned in the episode:

First I have to say that that episode was filmed a year ago last October and was scheduled to air in April.  I was, and still am, patent pending on a pocket, polyester diaper that is biodegradable made from bio-plastics rather that petroleum based plastics. 

In my year of research, and successful research I might add, I have found that some issues with bio-plastics are not so favorable.  This was discouraging but also validating at the same time.

One thing that we all must consider when manufacturing, buying and using a product, is the manufacturing process that goes into that product.  Myself personally, as a business and eco-product producer, take that very seriously.  That is why I looked so heavily into the “eco-pocket-diaper.”  Why?  Because “organic cotton” has been the “eco” fabric of choice in diapers….until the pocket diaper came along with well…..different properties than cotton could provide.  

While this eco-diaper product can be produced, and may be produced for resale very soon, I have found through much debate and research, that what we are doing now, using virgin polyester to produce a product that is virtually indestructible (especially now with the One Size that has replacement parts)  is truly the greenest option. 

Yes, it is a petroleum based product.  Oil is going to be produced for quite some time.  Face the fact.  I want to see renewable energy just as much as the next green activist does.  But it is not happening today or tomorrow.  We can act today…..and plan for tomorrow.  Today, I am taking a by-product (fleece) of a product that is currently being made(oil) and making something useful and sustainable out of it. 

It is proven that polyester will last at LEAST 7 times longer than its cotton counterpart.  It needs less energy to wash, to dry, no bleaching, less detergent to get clean, and I could go on and on. 

FuzziBunz in their current form, is currently the greenest alternative.  We will continue to research, develop and plan for the future.  That is my job.  The search is not over.  I want to provide a product that LASTS!  Not something that you can use for 2-3 years and disintegrates and you have to buy and produce again. 

I am a huge frowner upon greenwashing.  I will not put a product on the market that I do not believe in, stand behind or trust for our environment.  But I will continue to innovate and move products and people to the next level….but only in a responsible way. 

Stay tuned.
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

How many for your FuzziBunz Stash

Recently the issue of how many diapers you should have in your stash for cloth diapers has been raised. Some say 24, some say 36 some say only 12.

I can not speak, nor have I ever spoken for other diaper brands. I can only speak for FuzziBunz diapers. We have been a leading cloth diapering brand with a "different" approach to diapering called the "pocket diaper" which is different from traditional cotton cloth diapers. Not better, just different. Why? Because they use fleece and other progressive fabrics that keep a baby dryer longer than cotton and also washes and dries in a shorter amount of time.

What does this mean? You use less. You need to change less often although we still recommend every 3 hours during the day, the same recommended time for disposables due to sanitary reasons.

But due to these two key factors: keeps baby drier longer and quick wash and quick dry issues we only recommend 12. The most economical amount.

A baby goes through an average of 8 diapers per daytime use - and with FuzziBunz when doubling up on an insert before night time you can go all night with no diaper change because baby feels dry and does not wake due to a wet diaper. So we don't feel that 12 is an unreasonable number for full time diapering. I wash clothes every day of my life, I have three children and me in the home. Washing another load of laundry is not that big of a deal when it comes to cost savings.

By making washing your FuzziBunz part of your routine, you will save time (the diapers are washing while you are sleeping) and after your babies morning feeding or breakfast (drying time) you will have a fresh load of laundry with some still in the clean diaper pile.

By using a Diaper Sprayer you will save the time of a "pre-wash" truly letting you wash while you sleep. Rinsing poop off of your used poopy FuzziBunz literally takes less than a minute. Drying a load of FuzziBunz is 20-30 minutes at most in a regular dryer. Invest in a $12 pack of 3 extra inserts and you are set in case the inserts are not dry in time. But FB themselves will dry in 15 minutes. No need to waste energy or time on the drying time.

Yes, we are in the business of selling diapers. But I also have a strong desire to see parents save as much money as possible. I don't recommend buying any more than is totally necessary.

When I diapered my babies in FuzziBunz, I never needed more the 12 and I had free diapers at my disposal!! I owned the company!!!! But I only recommend 12 FuzziBunz unless you don't want to wash every day to day and a half. If you want to go 2-3 days between washing then more than 12 would be recommended. But I do not going longer than that without washing due to smell and deterioration issues.

Again, I can only speak for my own brand, not any other brand or cloth diapering in general. As a former penny pinching, very poor family I am passionate about not seeing people spend more than they need to. It is my own personal issue.

Moral of this blog - don't spend more than you need to. Make a short daily washing routine. Save money. Reduce your stash (if you can) and stay true (as we do) to the Green Mantra "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" this blog would fit into the "REDUCE" segment of that mantra.

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