Although cloth diapers are growing in popularity, the vast majority of parent are still unaware that cloth diapers are so easy to use or so readily available. An Oregon cloth diapering mom who happens to be a journalist and photographer is working to fund a cloth diaper photo book to help spread the word about cloth diapers. The future book will be titled, The Dirties on Diapering.
The goal of the project is to show parents how easy it is to use cloth diapers – and how damaging disposables are to the environment. Nothing says “unnecessary trash” like a photo of a mountain of sposies in a landfill. Of course, nothing says “cute” like a sweet baby in a comfy cloth diaper.
Jamie Wilkinson, the brain behind the project, has just 7 days left to get the funding she needs to make this book a reality. She is seeking funding through Kickstarter – a crowd funding site that allows people to pledge donations for a project they like. If the $6,000 funding goal is not met by the deadline, the project will not receive a dime. As of this writing, just over $1,000 is still needed.
You can donate as little as $1 to the cause – and there is even a way to donate $1 for free. There really is power in numbers – if everyone visiting this blog in the next 7 days donated just $1 – Jamie could easily meet her goal. So, go read about the Dirties on Diapering project and watch the short video. If you can, donate. If you don’t feel that you can donate at this time, there are several other ways to help out.
Of course, you can donate the first $1 for free by signing up for the Red Tricycle newsletter. You can also Like, Tweet or otherwise share this article with anyone who is interested in cloth diapers or the environment. Or you can place an order through Little for Now by April 27. I will donate 10% of all http://www.LittleForNow.com sales between April 21-April 27, 2011.
If we raise more money than is needed for the book project, any extra will go to a project in Kenya that is teaching teenage girls how to make their own washable cloth pads so they no longer need to miss 1 week of school each month. As is true in most African countries, few Kenyan girls have the resources to handle the hygiene concerns during their periods, so they are forced to stay home and miss school. The project is also teaching basic health and hygiene so these girls can stay in school and stay healthy.
It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day and know that your purchase is doing some extra good!
You can view the Dirties on Diapering project here: Dirties on Diapering
The Kenyan girls school project is here: Kenya Girls Project