Tuesday, April 19, 2011

25th listing for my 25th birthday!

It has taken a long time to get this show on the road, but Diaper Circus Stock is growing every day!

We have covers, two kinds of inserts, several package deals, and 20 fabric selections.

Drop in and check it out!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Earth Day Tips

As you know, the Team is busily celebrating Earth Day this year with tons of special sales, items, and giveaways.  As part of the festivities, Lauren (that's me!) from TheQuirkyCat is doing a blog series on Earth Day related topics.

So we all already know how awesome cloth diapers are for the environment....not to mention our wallets and babies' bums, too.  I probably don't need to sell you on those facts--I'd be preaching to the choir, as they say.  The good news is that you don't need to stop there.  There are lots of simple changes your families can make to be a little more Earth-friendly.

One switch that my family has made is with our napkins.  Like most households, we bought bags of paper napkins every few weeks.  I finally decided to eliminate them--what a waste!  I bought a few cloth napkins and they are absolutely wonderful.  Our meals even seem more refined now!  The table looks nicer, and the napkins work just as well (if not better--you can get a lot more use out of a nice big cloth napkin than with the small paper ones).  I just throw them in the wash with the rest of my kitchen towels and washcloths.

We have also begun switching to LED light bulbs.  They are a bit more expensive than the mercury-containing CFLs, but worth it.  I hate the idea of a broken light bulb causing a HAZMAT-esque scare in the house, and the LED bulbs are energy-saving without the risk.  The bulbs we have are made of plastic, so a dropped lamp isn't going to send sharp pieces all over the place, which is an important point in a household with small children around.  Another bonus: no "warming up" phase--they turn on brightly right from the start!

...and have you seen the videos of Bea Johnson and her family?  They live a "zero-waste lifestyle" and they are so inspiring!  I'm not so sure I could ever get to their level of commitment, but even a few lessons from them can make a difference.  Heck, my house would probably be a LOT cleaner if we had less, that's for sure!  I admit it--I looked into composting, but those red worms still creep me out too much.

What kinds of things does your family do to reduce, reuse, and recycle?  Share your tips in the comments section below!

In the meantime, here are some more great items for your eco-friendly household.  That's right, we don't just do diapers here at The Etsy Cloth Diaper Team!  These shops are participating in Earth Day specials, too.

Aren't these bags waaaay cuter than the ubiquitous plastic bags we normally put our kids' snacks in?  These would be great for car rides and lunch boxes.  We just started using reusable bags at my house and I love them! Free Shipping on all orders from April 18th and going through the end of the month. Use Code: EARTH2011

If you haven't already made the switch to Mama-cloth, what's stopping you?  They are so much more comfortable than the throwaway stuff you've been using, I promise!  Besides, look at how pretty these liners are... Free Shipping on orders over $20 until April 30th, 2011.  Use code: EARTHMAMA

I've stopped buying sponges (so sick of the stinkies and sponges that only lasted a couple weeks before falling apart) and now make my own dishcloths.  These suckers scrub off anything, too, and without scratching or using harsh chemicals.  Win a gift bag (handmade tote, crochet hooks, and free pattern) by entering at TheQuirkyCat's Blog.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Earth Day and the Great Cloth Diaper Change

Things are in full swing at the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team's Earth Day Celebration.  Lots of our members have great sales and specials going on now.  It's a great time to stock up on diapers!  Spring is in the air, so grab some new shorties and skirties, and some summery prints on your dipes.

Need some shopping inspiration?
Here's a great Etsy Treasury of some adorable summer-inspired diapers and diapering accessories.  The best part?  Everything comes from shops participating in the Earth Day event, so they're on sale or come with free shipping!  Pssst....don't forget to check here for coupon codes, if necessary.

How are other groups celebrating Earth Day?  Well, if you're at all involved in the world of cloth diapers, you've probably heard of The Great Cloth Diaper Change, happening on April 23rd.  The folks involved will be setting a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.  Pretty exciting, huh?  There are tons of locations worldwide, so find one near you and join in on the fun!  We'd love it if you brought a WAHM-made diaper, too.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Join the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team's Earth Day Celebration!

Every year on April 22, people around the world celebrate our planet.  It's a great opportunity to take a look around and appreciate the gifts we've been given.

Cloth diapering is one way to help take care of our planet.  By switching to cloth, the average family eliminates up to one ton of landfill waste in just two years!  For many families, cloth diapering becomes an important step in finding other ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Members of the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team are getting together this month to promote cloth diapers as an important way to help care for the Earth.  Some are offering free shipping, others are putting their handmade diapers on sale.  Be on the lookout for great giveaways to enter, too!

Let's get people talking about the benefits of cloth diapers!  Maybe we'll help to inspire more families to make the switch for the benefit of their babies, bank accounts, and (of course) for the Earth.

Check out all of the specials here.  Also, please follow us on Facebook for all the latest news from our team!

Earth Day 2011 Specials

For the month of April, the Etsy Cloth Diaper Team is celebrating cloth diapers and how they help the Earth.  Please check out the participating shops because they have some great offers going on.  From free shipping to sales to giveaways, there's going to be something to get you pumped for the planet!  Our diaper theme this month is Endangered Animals, so be on the lookout for some really cute fluff for your mini-environmentalist.

I'll be doing a number of Earth Day themed posts for the next few weeks, and will be highlighting the ways our members are celebrating.  Come back to this page for all of the up-to-date info on each shop's sales, promotions, and giveaways.

Wee EssentialsFree Shipping on orders over $20 until April 30th, 2011.  Use code: EARTHMAMA

TheQuirkyCat: Cloth diaper patterns are on sale.  Win a gift bag (handmade tote, crochet hooks, and free pattern) by entering at TheQuirkyCat's Blog.

Colibi CreationsFree Shipping from April 15th to 30th.  Use code: TERRA

Kellylulu:  Free Shipping from April 11th to the end of the month.   Use code : ECOBABY

Cutesy Tushies: 15% off your order from April 18th to 30th.  Use code: EARTH11

Banana Bottoms: 15% off in-stock items for the month of April.  Use code: EARTHDAY

Little Monkey's Stitch n Spin: A selection of in-stock woolies are discounted.

Bean's Bags and Bottoms: Free Shipping from April 21st to 26th.  Use code: EARTH

My Eco Baby:  Free Shipping on US orders from April 11th to 15th.  Use code: EARTHDAY

Bundles of Joy: 20% off everything in the shop now until April 22nd.  Use code: EARTH20

Northern Mom: Free Shipping now until April 22nd.  Use code: FREESHIPPING

Suzanne's Special Kids:  Free Shipping on all domestic orders from April 9th to April 23rd
Use Code: EARTH2011

Pink Seamstress:  20% off instock items for the rest of April.  Use Code: PINKEARTH

Charis Designs: 15% off instock items from April 20th to the 30th.  Use Code: EARTHBABY

Maritime Mama: 10% off instock items for the month of April. Use Code: EARTHDAY2011

Zookies: Free Shipping on all orders from April 18th and going through the end of the month. Use Code: EARTH2011

Ursula's Handmade Treasures: All Upcycled clothing, accessories, and cloth diaper covers on significant discount.  No coupon code needed!  These prices will be in effect now through Beltain (May 1st).

Gingerbread Diapers: 20% off all items from April 11th to 30th.  Use Code: EARTHDAY2011

Cloth Diaper Club: 15% off items from April 18th to 22nd.  Use Code: LUVEARTH

Kiya Designs: 20% off for Earth Day, and my 35th Birthday, valid from April 22nd to 30th. Use Code: EARTHDAY20

Winkydinks: A merino wool soaker is up for auction at Hyena Cart.

Tent Revival / Diaper Circus:  Buy one cover get one sample sale cover at an additional 50% off until the end of April.

handsewnbyme: April 17-23 10% off all in-stock items in the shop from April 17th to 23rd.

Someday Sarah:  15% off in-stock items.  Use Code: EARTH2011

Lydi & Luca: 10% discount on in-stock items.  Use Code: MOTHEREARTH

Just 2 Cute Accessories: Free domestic shipping on Earth Day only.  Use Code: EARTHDAY

Oma's House:  10% off your order. Use Code: THANKYOU10.  There are also special prices and vintage items available.

Little Monkey's Stitch and Spin: Free US shipping through April 23rd on orders of $20 or more. Use Code: SHIPFREE
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