Thursday, July 31, 2008

Baby shopping: Thirsties diaper covers

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I decided that I wanted our baby to be as "green" as possible. That word is being thrown around a lot these days, but one of the easiest ways that I can think of to be green as a parent is to cloth diaper your baby. It seems like a lot of trouble to some people, but you save sooooo much money and eliminate thousands of diapers that would sit in landfills and not decompose. One of my favorite parts about cloth diapering is that they are so darn cute! I love the sweet little diaper pins and Mom and I just ordered the most adorable diaper covers from Thirsties. These diaper covers are not only adorable, but they are waterproof and leakproof. The velcro tabs make the finishing touch super easy. You just line the covers with the cloth diapers and viola!

Look at the fun colors!

I also love their commitment to the environment:

In addition to offering a green consumer product, we strive to keep the carbon footprint of our business to a minimum. Here is how we do it...

Packaging materials are recycled and new packaging is made from the highest post-consumer content available.

All of our printing is done on recycled paper with 100% post-consumer content.

Our office and packing/shipping space (where we spend most of our days) is heated by solar hot air collectors and supplemented by a pellet stove on cloudy days. Luckily it is sunny in this part of Colorado 325 days of the year, and the average high temperature in the winter is 50F (11C) so we only need to use about 1/4 ton pellets each winter.

Our 1000 sq ft overstock area is heated with strategically placed southern exposure windows to allow for passive solar.

Only high-efficiency Energy Star rated compact fluorescent light bulbs are used.

Lights are turned off when rooms are not in use and we shut down all computers and components completely at the end of each day.

All of our fabric and components are sourced as locally as possible thereby cutting down on unnecessary transportation.

We choose fabrics that dry quickly and remain soft even when hung to dry to encourage our customers to retire their dryers.

All cutting and sewing is also done in Colorado so as to keep transport carbon to a minimum.

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Anonymous said...

Cloth diapers are way more stylish than plastic junk! I didn't think they were much trouble to wash.

Mario said...

Thank you so much for this. I was wondering if it was even possible to go cloth anymore. I was a "cloth" baby due to allergies.So fun to see Joe and my offspring can be "cloth" too!!!