When Garbage Isn't Garbage: How Diaper Dabbler Uses Eco-friendly Packaging

By Julie Siewert

When Garbage Isn't Garbage: How Diaper Dabbler Uses Eco-friendly Packaging
One of our far-reaching goals here at Diaper Dabbler is to run an Earth-friendly, sustainable business. This is a pretty lofty goal. Believe it or not, there is a lot of time, energy and effort that goes into sourcing recycled or eco-friendly packaging for a small business. There is a delicate balance between making sure your products (ie. Diapers) are well-protected and packaged, and using packaging that meets your environmental standards. Obviously, the priority is in protecting and showcasing our product, but everywhere we can, we look to sustainable options in packaging.

To be transparent, the products that we sell might not be “green” (although we do love our lineup of eco-friendly disposable diapers), but we strive to use environmentally responsible packaging wherever we can.
Mother Earth ecofriendly diaper variety package
I wanted to share with you what we’ve done so far in creating Earth friendly packaging, and what we are still working on. None of the links below are affiliate links. I don’t get paid to talk about these green packaging products. I’m just sharing the love, and maybe hoping to inspire others.

What we use:

We have used 100% recycled boxes from Pratt Plus Packaging. They hold up just as well as cardboard boxes from virgin sources (a.k.a. cutting down more trees), and look nice also. You can see just a few “flakes” in their boxes to let you know they are recycled, and I like that look. These boxes do cost a little more than “virgin” boxes, but the cost is well worth it.
We are currently testing a few other vendors for boxes. We are looking for recycled content in the cardboard boxes. 

We use white tissue paper at PaperMart made from 60% recycled fibers. Recycled tissue paper looks exactly the same as virgin tissue paper, but made from (you guessed it) recycled paper.
Environmentally friendly packaging
Labels are a well-used product in packaging our products. The Diaper Sample Packages are labeled (twice), the packages are labeled, and the boxes are labeled for shipping. We go through a lot of labels! The labels we buy from OnlineLabels.com are made from recycled paper. I cannot see or tell the difference in the labels as far as the color, and they print just as great as their non-recycled counterparts.

When an order is small enough to fit in a padded envelope, we use recycled padded paper mailers from Papermart. Padded with paper pulp, this bag is made out of 77% recycled paper fibers and 62% post-consumer material.

The plastic bags that we seal our diaper samples in are virgin cello bags available from Papermart. I have not found a recycled content product that can safely, effectively and aesthetically showcase our Diaper Sample Packs. Cello bags, even as they are made from virgin materials, are plant-based and biodegradable!

We are intentional in the products we choose for shipping, but we also look to the products we receive from manufacturers with a sustainable eye. All packaging is evaluated to determine if it can be reused or recycled in some form. Packaging filler we receive is often reused in outgoing packages (as needed). Cardboard boxes can sometimes be reused and always recycled (shout out to my kid’s school paper drive!). Plastic diaper packaging is recyclable with household plastic shopping bags.
Plastic diaper packaging is recyclable
I don’t love getting packages with 25 pounds of extra garbage in them. Does anyone? You know the packages you get with all the extra mailers, and catalogs, and packing slips, and discount cards. Have you thought about how many trees that demolishes? Yikes. In your Diaper Dabbler package, you get your order. All prettied up, wrapped in tissue and lovely. You also get a Diaper Brand Rating Card, useful and simple. If your order is a gift, you may have requested a gift note with it. Nothing else. We do not ship our orders with a packing slip. If you don’t remember what you ordered, you can look it up online. No sense in wasting paper.

One thing you will get with you order is a free sample of eco-friendly baby wipes. How’s that for a useful, ecofriendly packaging filler?!
Free Sample of Ecofriendly baby wipes
What we’re looking to in the future:

Gift wrap. Currently we use non-recycled beautiful white gift boxes and bows. They look great to give as a gift. But not so eco-friendly. We’ll be looking at adding in a recycled product to our gift wrap options in the future. Probably Kraft (brown colored) boxes with raffia bows/ribbon, but I’m open to inspiration. We’ll likely offer both options (traditional white box/colored bows and recycled Kraft box/raffia bows) to meet the needs of all gift-givers. Watch for this in the future. You can always sign up for our emails if you want to keep up to date on the latest updates to our product lines or follow us on Facebook or your favorite social media channel.

Paper. It takes a lot to admit it, but I don’t have recycled paper in my office. I know, how could that be?! I always buy in bulk (less packaging, less transportation resources), and that case of paper lasts a LONG time! Next box will be recycled content, I promise. Also, our Diaper Brand Rating Cards are printed on “normal” paper. Next time I order, I’ll be inquiring about recycled content paper for the cards.

We are working on using up our inventory of non-recycled packaging. If you place an order today, not all of your packaging may be up to our ideal environmental standards, because we have to use up the stock of what we already have. It is unwise (financially and ecologically) to just throw away product for no good reason. So, as we work through our stores of packaging products, please give us a little leeway in the green packaging department.
When Garbage Isn't Garbage: How Diaper Dabbler is Using Eco-friendly Packaging
For all that we get right in our ecofriendly packaging, there is more that we can do. I always have an eye out for new or existing products that would fit our vision for eco-friendly packaging. If you know of any great eco-friendly packaging products, share it! If you sell them, I’d love to hear from you also. And thank you to all the businesses that make and use environmentally responsible packaging. We are making a difference in the world together.

When you only need a few diapers in each size: The Caregiver's Choice Diaper Sampler Pack

By Julie Siewert

When you only need a few diapers in each size: The Caregiver's Choice Diaper Sampler Pack
What do you do when you just need a few diapers as a backup, to “cover your behind” so to speak?

The Caregiver’s Choice Diaper Sampler package contains 6 diapers in all of the sizes from newborn through size 5. That’s 36 diapers total. This is perfect for the in-home daycare, church nursery and foster parents. This is also a convenient pack to use for parents to have in the car or in your disaster preparedness kit.

The idea for creating a package like this came from a foster parent. I’ve been contacted a few times by various people asking for a package that has various size diapers, and most were foster parents. Foster parents often receive emergency placements in the middle of the night (because that’s when the “emergencies” often happen), and many times the kids will come with just the clothes (and diaper) on their little bodies. Foster parents are expected to provide diapers for the kids in their care, but aren’t paid enough to keep a box of diapers on hand in each size-that could be more than $100! A small package with a few diapers in each size would get these foster parents through the day, until they could go to the store and pick up more diapers. A little preparedness goes a long way when you’re dealing with the unpredictability of the fostercare system.

We all know we’re supposed to keep our kids’ diapers in our disaster prep kit, but who actually makes sure the current size diaper is stocked and ready to go? Probably the same people that have food and water packed and actually rotate it. ;) For me, one small box of diapers that has each size will have the right size for my little one, with minimal effort from me. And it’s got enough diapers to (probably) get us through the day.

Do you keep a “car diaper kit”? This is a great idea, to keep a box of diapers in various sizes in the car along with wipes and some random sized clothing. Just in case. For a family that is on the go a lot, this would be a lifesaver! I know I’ve been caught out without the diaper bag (or, gasp, the diaper bag contains no diapers!) and was digging through the back hoping to find just one diaper. And having each size diaper in a package means I think of it once (when I’m putting it in the car), and then not again until I have to use it. And the diapers will be there when you need it, like magic!

If you work at a daycare, run one in your home or volunteer at your church nursery, you know that parents are supposed to provide diapers for their own kids. But, much like real life, accidents happen. Parents forget, you forget, or a little someone gets sick and unexpectedly goes through a bunch more diapers than anyone was expecting. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little safety net? Just a few extra diapers tucked away for those extreme “OMG we have no diapers!” times. A package like this beats having to run to the store with a child wrapped in a t-shirt diaper.

With this Caregivers Choice diaper sampler package, you will receive 6 diapers in each size (total of 36 diapers); comprised of one 3-pack of each of the following diapers and sizes:
Newborn size Huggies Little Snugglers™
Newborn size Pampers Swaddlers™
Size 1 Huggies Little Snugglers™
Size 1 Pampers Swaddlers™
Size 2 Huggies Snug & Dry™
Size 2 Pampers Baby Dry™
Size 3 Huggies Little Movers™
Size 3 Pampers Cruisers™
Size 4 Huggies Little Movers™
Size 4 Pampers Cruisers™
Size 5 Huggies Little Movers™
Size 5 Pampers Cruisers™
For all the ideal uses that I’ve thought of, I bet there’s more. Where would YOU use a sampler package with all of the diaper sizes?

Where do Parents Buy Eco-Friendly Diapers?

By Julie Siewert

Where do Parents Buy Eco-Friendly Diapers?

Where can parents find eco-friendly diapers? Is it only online?

A friend of mine (who apparently lives in the middle of nowhere) asked this question the other day. And she’s not the only new parent wanting to go a little greener in the nursery while balancing the reality of Mommy Brain and middle-of-the-night diaper runs. Where do you buy eco-friendly diapers?

 

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Obviously, it will depend where you live. In the “big city” you’ll find a different selection than you will in Hodunk-ville. Here’s what I know, from living where I live and shopping where I shop and buying a whole lot of diapers.

You can buy all diapers online. Duh. Most brands have websites where you can either buy directly from them, or they’ll tell you where you where you can buy their diapers.

Amazon carries everything. They’ve got all the brands you’ve heard of, and many you haven’t. With Amazon Prime, you get free 2-day shipping. This can often be the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to order your favorite eco-friendly diaper brands.

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Which eco-friendly diapers can you find in stores? That is the million dollar question. And the answer is, it depends. My local Target carries Seventh Generation diapers, Babyganics diapers and Honest Company diapers. One of my local Babies R Us stores carries Earth’s Best diapers. My local Walmart just started carrying Seventh Generation. I have heard of some boutique stores, and some eco-friendly local parenting shops carrying brands like Bambo Nature or ECO by Naty. But not every town has all these stores. (No Target? How do you even survive?!) And not every store in every city carries the same things, so you’ll have to do the scouting yourself.

What do you do when you want to use eco-friendly diapers but live amidst cornfields with no Target in sight? First off, find which diapers you love, like and won’t use. It’s good to have options. Buy your favorite diapers in bulk online (through Amazon Prime, if you have it), but for those middle of the night, OMG-honey-we’re-out-of-diapers emergency, know what you can go-to as a backup. If you HAVE TO go to your local store to buy a bag of diapers to get you through until your next Amazon order comes, what will you choose? Make sure you’ve thought it through and tried out the diapers, so you know what will work in a pinch and not give you a wet lap or your baby a rash. Store brand or name brand, you don’t have to love the ingredients or the philosophy behind your backup diaper, but it needs to work.

Mother Earth Variety Pack of Eco-Friendly Diaper Samples

Store brand, name brand or eco-friendly diapers, it’s good to know what fits your baby, your life and your priorities. You can order variety packs of diaper samples to try out each diaper brand on YOUR unique baby. With the Prepared Parent variety package, you get to #tryallthediapers. The Mega Mom Diaper Variety Pack will let you try the name brand diapers and all the eco-friendly choices. The Modest Mama Variety Pack gives you some name brand and store brand diapers. The Mother Earth Diaper Variety Pack is just the eco-friendly diapers. Or you can build your own custom diaper sampler with the diapers that YOU want to try.

Do you have a go-to diaper and a backup diaper? What are they and where do you buy them?

500 Facebook Likes Giveaway!

By Julie Siewert

500 Facebook Likes Giveaway!

The giveaway as ended. Congratulations, Matt S! Follow us on Facebook to be 'in the know' for future giveaways.

Wow.
500+ friends on Facebook. I’m feeling the love (er…like). True story, we sat at 498 likes for months. MONTHS! Then we got to 500, and suddenly we’re at 542. LOL! Let’s celebrate, shall we?


Enter to win a Newborn Babes diaper variety package! You get to sample 6 brands of diapers to find the perfect fit for your little one. Giveaway is open Monday, March 20, 2017 - Saturday, March 25, 2017. Winner will be notified on Monday, and will have 24 hours to claim prize.

Newborn Babes Diaper Variety Pack
And you can win, just because you like us. But why do you like us? Besides just being awesome, we share first on Facebook our monthly specials, surprise pop-up deals and giveaways. You’ll also stay on top of new diaper brands on the market and fancy new innovations in diapering. We share fun memes and funnies that we find all over the social world! But besides sharing, we love to listen and learn. Every baby is different, and so is every diapering journey.


So, thanks for being here. Share with your friends! We’ll do another giveaway at 1000. (whew, little heart palpation thinking about 1000 likes!)
Enter the giveaway below:

 Facebook 500 Likes Giveaway!

Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only. 

Why Can't I find Size 2 Diaper Samples?

By Julie Siewert

Why Can't I find Size 2 Diaper Samples?

Where are the size 2 diapers? Seriously, I see Newborn, size 1…and size 3! Why wouldn’t Diaper Dabbler carry sample packs of size 2 diapers?

I get these questions a lot, and I’m happy to share the answer. But first, permit me some background on diaper sizing.

There is a “traditional” sizing scale in mainstream diapers, and MOST US diapers fit into roughly these sizing categories. You’ll find that some of the eco-friendly diapers, especially those made outside the US, have their own sizing structure. Here’s the “norm”:
Newborn – less than 10 lbs.
Size 1 – 8-14 lbs.
Size 2 – 12-18 lbs.
Size 3 – 16-28 lbs.

See the overlap? While a size 1 diaper (is supposed to) fit babies up to 14 pounds, the size 3 starts fitting at just 2 pounds more-at 16 pounds! Some babies never even wear a size 2 diaper. I know mine didn’t. By the time they were outgrowing size 1, they could fit into a size 3.

 

Baby Diaper @diaperdabbler

These diapers fit for such a short period of time (and a short period of weight), that babies move through some of these sizes quicker than others. My research found that size 2 was one of those sizes that babies were only in for a brief time, while they spend much more time in sizes 1 and 3.

Speaking of size 3, while weight range obviously has nothing to do with an age range of babies when they are in each size, many babies in size 3 diapers are just beginning their crawling or walking journeys. As many parents can attest, once those babies start moving around more, their diapers need to be perfectly fit or there are going to be messes!

Now, we know that every baby is unique, and every diaper fits ever baby in a unique way. So the sizing weights are really just guidelines. You move your baby up to the next size when it’s too tight or it’s not holding what it’s meant to hold (did you know that frequent pooplosions can be a sign it’s time to move up to the next size?).

If your baby is wearing a size 2 diaper and you still want to try a sample pack of diapers to find the perfect diaper going forward, order up to the size 3 sampler package. Chances are, they’ll already fit or will fit soon.

 

Why Can't I find Size 2 Diaper Samples? @diaperdabbler

 

What size of diaper sample packs are you looking for?

Newborn size Custom Diaper Variety Package Custom Diaper Variety Package size 1 Custom Diaper Variety Package size 3

 

Giving Back - 17 Trees Planted

By Julie Siewert

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Giving Back - 17 Trees Planted
Disposable diapers are a huge drain on our environment, am I right? But seriously, the whole world is not going to ditch convenience to help out Mother Earth a little. So, what to do?!
As a business owner, I try to do my part. I recycle where I can and I'm working towards using recycled packaging for my products. 
As a mom, I teach my kids about the environment and we use eco-friendly products and practices at home. But is it ever enough?
In 2016, Pregnant Chicken published a blog post Baby Gifts that Give Back, and it was like lightning! I could do something awesome and make a difference. The idea was born.
I like the idea of planting trees, because, well, I like breathing. Also, the Lorax. It was a pretty easy choice. 
Enter in our fantastic partner, One Tree Planted. Matt makes it super-simple to donate money to plant a tree. Easy. Here’s a dollar, there’s a tree. And there is no dirt under my fingernails. You can even pick where you want your tree planted. But they won’t come plant it in your back yard, sorry.
Diaper Dabbler and One Tree Planted - Reforestation Partners
Midway through 2016 I got things up and running with Project Give Back and decided that we’d plant one tree for every Mother Earth eco-friendly diaper variety pack sold from here on out. It’s a win-win. New parents get to sample environmentally friendly diapers (saving the world), and Diaper Dabbler plants a tree (saving the world again).
So, for 2016 we planted 17 trees. It might not sound like much, but it’s a start. You have to start somewhere.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. –The Lorax
Giving Back - 17 Trees Planted via @diaperdabbler
What do you do to help save the Earth?
Thanks for reading!
-Julie

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