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I have had some businesses ask about being in The Dirties on Diapering Green Business & Cloth Diaper Directory in the back of the project's book. If you are interested, please email me, Jamie, at

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gently Used Cloth Diapers and Accessories Needed For Auction!

CLOTH DIAPER ENTRIES FOR THE AUCTION IS NOW CLOSED. THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN VIA MY FB PAGE TUESDAY, JANUARY 18 AND WILL LAST FOR 48 HOURS. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION! I hope everyone is getting excited about the next Kickstarter re-launch for The Dirties on Diapering photo-journalism book project!  It's coming here soon this January 2011!  I'm going to re-launch this time for the maximum 90 days!!  I have a great feeling this time about the project's success -- being that the third time's a charm right!!??  Yeah!!!  Plus after the first couple attempts, with each one being improved upon with better information and planning, I have received much more public attention both online via blogs, facebook, etc. and even some attention in some local NW newspapers!
Before my third funding launch, I want to host an auction via my Facebook page in order to raise funds for giveaway goodies to give my amazing and loyal backers during the 90-day funding marathon!  So I am asking right now for anyone who has some gently used cloth diapers, accessories, or amazing green baby products to donate their goods for the cause.  No matter what the item, the first $5 for each item will be given to the person donating the item in order to cover shipping, anything beyond that will go to my project. If you are outside the US, you can request a higher shipping charge but please remember that your item must sell for at least $1 over shipping costs to sell.  All funds will be exchanged via paypal -- so you have to have a paypal account to place your item in the auction.  That being said, here's what you need to do to donate your item(s):
-- Email me! the following information:
1.  What is your item?  Cloth Diaper Brand?  Type?
2.  How long it was used and any visable wear if any.
3.  What kind of detergent was used.(if known)
4.  ONE quality picture showing as much as you can via that photo for each item. If you want to sell more than one item as a set, use one photo.
5.  Your PayPal email address.
When your item sells, I will paypal you $5.  If your item does not sell for at least $6, nothing will happen and you will keep your item.  It is expected that you mail your item to the winner of the auction within 3 business days of the auction close.
Please try to have your items to me by January 16th. Thank you so much again to everyone for your help with this project!  I am excited to be working hard on it again!
Jamie Wilkinson
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

gDiapers & Other Natural Disposable Diapers that use SAP

A big part of my photo-journalism project is on toxic chemicals in disposable diapers -- which has brought forward a powerful and controvertial conversation about a chemical called super absorbent polymer (SAP).  SAP is commonly found in most all disposable diapers -- even in "natural" brands.  If you were to tear open a disposable diapers, you would find many gel-like beads inside, this is the SAP.  It's what makes disposable diapers so absorbant, and it's also what keeps the moisture off of baby's behind.  There are many tests out there that show this chemical to be non-toxic and safe.
So what's the controversy about?
SAP was introduced into diapers during the 1960s.  It started in Japan, and made it's way to the United States.  Typically then 5-6 grams of SAP were found in each diaper -- today's new thinner diapers use double that.  Although SAP is often called "harmless," "swallowable," and "non-toxic" -- the CHEMICAL also often causes severe skin infections or worse.  During the 1980s, SAP was removed from super-absorbant tampons because of the increased risk of toxic shock syndrome.  In 1999, Archives of Environmental Health published a study where mice were exposed to various brands of disposable diapers and suffered eye, nose, and throat irritations -- even asthma attacks.
In my personal opinion, I feel like these negative studies are often overlooked because disposable diapers make up such a major part of the US economy.  Those major diaper companies have a lot of money to do research and studies to create any statement or results they want.  It's not hard to take a bunch of statistics and make them say anything.  And yes, that goes for both sides of any debate.  However, when it comes to studies about chemicals on my babies' most sensitive parts I prefer to play it safe and NOT use disposable diapers of any kind.
I bring this topic up because many people questioned why I would put a gDiaper in with the cloth diaper photos on my slide show promoting "The Dirties on Diapering" during round 2 funding.  gDiapers use a disposable insert using the chemical SAP.  They promote on their package that they are plastic free, biodegradable, and natural... but they still use SAP, along with other popular companies such as Seventh Generation & Earth's Best.  Although I do not support gDiapers' disposable inserts, I have to support the company.  Like many "green" companies, they are by no means perfect... but they do help in the right direction.  gDiapers were the first cloth diaper I chose when starting cloth.  I used disposables on my daughter for the first year until I became pregnant with my son.  I originally chose cloth because I wanted to save money.  Like most moms, I didn't even really know all of the facts about chemicals inside disposables and the real impact on the environment.  I was just doing what everyone else did.  So, to save some money, I bough some cute little gPants and a few packs of gCloth inserts (with gDiapers you can choose to use cloth or disposable inserts -- I used Cloth).  Now I mostly always use the bumGenius Elemental (aka Organic) because I love how easy the AIOs are and my heavy wetters never leak!  But I have to give thanks to gDiapers for pushing me in the right direction.  I originally chose gDiapers because I could use either cloth or disposable inserts.  I rarely even bought the disposable inserts once I realized how easy cloth was now.  Eventually I did grow less fond of using the snap-in inserts because of the steps involved and also because they need to be replaced every few months so they don't leak.  But I don't know if I would have been ready at first to dive right into cloth without the hybrid option.  It was also easier to convince my husband and family to try it if they had a disposable option when they were with the children.  So for those reasons I DO like gDiapers, and if you love their gCloth system, I see nothing wrong with that!  No SAP in their hemp/cotton fleece inserts -- which are super nice and soft!
However, because of the controversy and my opinion against SAP, I will no longer include photos of gDiapers to promote my photo journalism project.   I hope you understand gMums and gDads!  For those of you that choose to use the adorable little gPants, I ask you to please choose gCloth inserts and not the disposable!  Thank you!!!
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