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LAFAYETTE, La. – Just in time to honor dads this Father’s Day, FuzziBunz® diapers today announces that it has received the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. The Mr. Dad Seal of Approval recognizes products and services that aid in getting fathers involved with their children and that improve the quality of father-child relationships.
Armin Brott, a best-selling author of seven books on fatherhood, including The Expectant Father, said of FuzziBunz®, “This reusable diapering system is nothing like the cloth diapers of yesteryear. No pins, plastic pants, or Velcro closures!”
Brott adds, “They’re easy to use – which encourages dads to get more involved in diaper changing – wonderfully colorful, and may even save you a few bucks over time.”
Tereson Dupuy, the CEO of Mother of Eden and inventor of FuzziBunz® pocket diapers, says that receiving the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval will hopefully mean that more dads will be willing to try out cloth diapers.
“Dads can really bond with their babies during diaper changing time and FuzziBunz® is proud to be a part of those special bonding moments between a baby and his daddy,” says Dupuy. “Plus dads can feel good that their not only creating less waste, but also that their saving hundreds of dollars each year.”
To see the full listing of Mr. Dad Seal of Approval winners, please visit the Mr. Dad website.
Reusable diapers are big business for this Lafayette-based company
Ben Franklin famously said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. He’s mostly right, but he forgot one other thing—dirty diapers. But just because they’re a necessary evil doesn’t mean that they can’t also be fun, cute and even trendy.
Tereson Dupuy, founder and chief executive officer of Lafayette-based Mother of Eden and the inventor of FuzziBunz® reusable pocket diapers, has based an empire around this concept.
“I knew they’d be big,” she says of her diapers. “I knew that eventually the green boom would hit, and it’s only just starting. It’s going up from here.”
Dupuy invented the diapers in January 1999 when her then-4-month-old son, Eden, for whom the company is named, developed a chronic diaper rash. The chemicals in disposable diapers worsened the rash, as did traditional cotton cloth diapers, which got soggy and held wetness next to his skin. After playing around with fabrics and styles, Dupuy came up with the now-popular pocket-style diaper that kept her son dry and comfortable, didn’t leak and was easy to launder at home. She began sewing diapers at home and selling them on the Internet.
As word of mouth grew, Dupuy decided to patent her invention in 2003. Five years later, Dupuy and her invention have won numerous awards –– including a 2007 Outstanding Product award from iParenting Media and the prestigious 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award given by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business –– and annual sales in 2007 exceeded $3 million. FuzziBunz® has received media attention from Parents, American Baby and Time magazines, among others, and amassed a celebrity following that includes Tori Spelling and Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams.
Even as her business took off, Dupuy never considered moving headquarters out of Louisiana. “I live here,” she says simply. “I grew up in New Orleans, came to school in southwest Louisiana, fell in love with the area and stayed. We have the best people in the world, best food in the world, best culture in the world. It’s a culture-rich area. I don’t plan on moving.”
Keeping her business in Louisiana has had some challenges, however. “It’s not the greenest place in the world,” she acknowledges. “When I was starting out, I went into an ad agency, and they said, ‘You mean you have to wash it at home? We can’t market this!’ So I just moved on. It can be a struggle to find people who understand a green industry, who understand a reusable product.”
But Sydney French of Opelousas, mother of 19-month-old Carson, fully understands the benefits of cloth diapering. “When my baby was 10 months old, I decided to switch from disposables to cloth,” she says. “I felt horrible every time I threw a sack full of disposables away. All I could think of was the chemicals that would be sitting in a landfill for 500 years. I am thrilled with cloth. I really wish I would have started from the beginning.”
Some have argued that cloth diapers aren’t any better for the environment because of the water needed to wash them. Dupuy scoffs at that idea, at least where her diapers are concerned: “These aren’t traditional cloth diapers. They’re pocket diapers and made of materials that wash quickly and dry quickly. You only need to use one-fourth on the normal amount of detergent, and because they wash and dry so quickly, you save water and energy. We didn’t really make them that way on purpose; it was lagniappe.”
And Dupuy is constantly striving to make the diapers themselves greener. “We’re using companies that are more environmentally sound,” she says. “We’re looking into using recycled eco-fleece, and we’re now manufacturing some of our diapers in Boston, Arkansas and Los Angeles because that way it requires less fuel to get to the end user. We’re making a green product in that you reuse it, but on a grander scale, we are a green company, too.”
Dupuy says a large part of her customer base is on the West Coast, but she would love to see more Louisianians using her product and thinks that might happen soon. “It’s all changing,” she says. “We’re realizing that we have to be more responsible.”
She urges anyone curious to give FuzziBunz® a chance. “Just buy one or two,” she says. “Try them out. See how your baby feels. See how they wash. See the rash reduction –– because you’ll see a reduction even with just two. And of the people I know who’ve opened their mind and given them a chance, no one has said, ‘Oh, this just isn’t for me.’ They all say, ‘I was skeptical, but I fell in love. There’s no reason to go back to disposables.’”
French certainly counts herself as a convert. “I encourage everyone to try it out,” she says. “I like it because it’s not wasteful. And I feel it’s healthier for my child to put cloth next to his skin instead of chemicals. We’re bombarded enough with chemicals. This is one thing I can do to protect him a little more.”
LAFAYETTE, La. – FuzziBunz® reusable pocket diapers were today featured on NBC’s The Today Show as Style Contributor and In Touch Magazine Buzz Editor, Bobbie Thomas, talked about the most stylish must-haves for new parents.
In the segment featuring the very best products for baby, Thomas told Today Show host Natalie Morales that, “Tori Spelling raved about these [FuzziBunz® diapers] on Donny Deutsch’s The Big Idea [on CNBC].”
Tereson Dupuy, inventor of FuzziBunz® and CEO of Mother of Eden, is thrilled that FuzziBunz® is in the national spotlight. “Hundreds of thousands of moms around the world already know that FuzziBunz® diapers are the best thing for their babies and the best thing for Mother Earth. We are ecstatic that Bobbie Thomas selected FuzziBunz® diapers as one of her must-have baby picks. After all, Bobbie knows best!”
Expo to Highlight Natural and Eco-Friendly Ways to Raise Children
CHICO, CA. – The Green Baby Expo is proud to announce that Mother of Eden, the makers of the famed FuzziBunz® pocket diapers, is the official sponsor of its one-day event to promote natural living to today’s eco-conscious families. Founded by a group of dedicated Chico businesses owners and concerned citizens, the Green Baby Expo’s mission is to educate families about the various green and natural products and programs available today
The one day Expo will be held on June 21st from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, Ca. Vendors across the nation will be exhibiting products and services that appeal to eco-minded families. In addition to exhibitors, the Expo offers entertainment and fun for the whole family, including bounce houses, face painting and animals.
The admission fee is $5 per family, which includes a complimentary reusable ChicoBag tote filled with valuable coupons and goodies. Attendees also will be entered into drawings to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
Cyndi Pereira of Chico founded BabiesinChico.com, a Website that supports natural parenting practices, after the birth of her son. “My vision for the Green Baby Expo is to have a place that showcases today’s natural parenting practices so that other families can become introduced to great things like attachment parenting, breastfeeding, baby wearing and cloth diapering,” she says.
Tereson Dupuy, CEO of Mother of Eden and inventor of the FuzziBunz® pocket diapers says, “We are proud to sponsor the Green Baby Expo because it offers families valuable information about how to raise their babies green. It’s a great way for the whole family to come together to learn about how to make this world a better place for our children.”
For more information about the official sponsor of the Green Baby Expo, FuzziBunz®, please visit www.FuzziBunz.com. Please also support our other sponsors: Santa Cruz Organics, Luna Bars, R.W. Knudsen, Moby Wrap, and Frog Mama Baby Carriers.
For more information about the Green Baby Expo, please visit GreenBabyExpo.com.
LAFAYETTE, La. – FuzziBunz® has partnered with The Green Parent author, Jenn Savedge, to highlight the important role parents play in raising environmentally conscious children.
In her book, The Green Parent – A Kid-Friendly Guide to Earth-Friendly Living, released on April 1, Savedge tackles every topic, from the diaper debate to how to take eco-friendly family vacations.
Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® diapers, says that Savedge’s book is a public service to the parents of the world. “Jenn is teaching parents how to establish eco-friendly parenting practices early-on in hopes that future generations will imitate those practices later in life to become thoughtful stewards of the world.”
Savedge says that even children as young as two years old can learn what it means to take care of our planet. Parents should look for teachable moments, she advises.
“A baby may wonder why she wears that FuzziBunz® diaper that her parents wash. These are moments that parents can teach their children that their diapers help keep the earth green,” says Savedge.
She adds, “As parents, we know that reusable diapers help reduce landfill waste, pollution, resource consumption, and the dangerous greenhouse gases that cause global warming. And while this may be a bit much for a little one to understand, even the youngest children will appreciate that her diapers help the grass grow better and the air stay cleaner.”
Dupuy says, “We are excited to partner with Jenn because, at the core, our message is the same: Take care of our planet to ensure that future generations have access to the same nature we enjoy each and every day.”
And the best part, for every purchase of The Green Parent, the book’s publisher will plant a tree on the buyer’s behalf.
FuzziBunz® Official Sponsor of L.A. Premier of “The Business of Being Born,” a Documentary Executive Produced by Ricki LakeThursday, January 10th, 2008
NEW IBERIA, La. - Mother of Eden, the makers of the patented FuzziBunz® reusable pocket-style diapering system, is proud to announce that it is the official sponsor of the Los Angeles premier of the widely-publicized and highly-anticipated documentary, “The Business of Being Born.” This moving and powerful film about the natural birthing process is executive produced by Ricki Lake and directed by filmmaker Abby Epstein. The premier takes place on January 14, 2008 in the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.
“This documentary demonstrates the choices a woman has when it comes to choosing her own personal birthing experience,” said Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® reusable pocket-style diapers and CEO of Mother of Eden, who will be attending the January 14th premier. “Just as moms are choosing natural birthing experiences, our hope is that they, too, will choose natural parenting experiences such as breastfeeding and cloth diapering. We were honored to be invited to support this worthy endeavor and look forward to bringing attention to the natural birthing and parenting choices available today.”
Mother of Eden is leading the charge in bringing national attention to cloth diapering as the event’s official sponsor. In fact, in an effort to create awareness about cloth diapering and FuzziBunz®, the FuzziBunz® logo will be featured on the red carpet and a sample FuzziBunz® diaper will be exclusively featured in each gift bag provided to 400+ celebrity and press attendees. Mother of Eden also has donated a lifetime supply of FuzziBunz® to the silent auction that will take place the night of the premier. All proceeds from the event and silent auction go to Bloom OC, a non-profit organization that offers support to pregnant, nursing and new mothers.
For more information about the LA premier of “The Business of Being Born,” please visit www.natural-mama-media.org/invite.html.
NEW IBERIA, La. – Mother of Eden, the makers of the patented FuzziBunz® reusable pocket-style diapering system, is proud to announce that FuzziBunz® diapers have taken the top spot in a head-to-head review of various cloth diaper brands. Hipster e-zine, Babble.com, selected FuzziBunz® as its Babble Best cloth diaper in its January 2008 review of various cloth diaper brands.
While author Katie Bayless objectively reviewed each cloth diaper brand, which included gDiapers, Rumpsters, Bum Genius and Happy Heinys, she wrote that FuzziBunz® takes the cake when it comes to her favorite non-disposable brand.
Bayless writes in her review, “Five reasons this is my top pick? 1) No leaks — ever. And I never used more than one insert. 2) No bulkiness — bubble-butt won’t be a problem with these diapers. 3) No staining — I’ve used these diapers for two months now and they still come out of the wash crystal clean. 4) Quick drying — some of the bulkier diapers are still wet coming out of the dryer, but not FuzziBunz®. 5) Ultra-adjustable snap closures — at first I couldn’t figure out why I liked FuzziBunz® snaps — snaps are less convenient, especially on a squirmy baby. But I learned the hard way that being (slightly) more tricky to get on, also means they are more difficult for little hands to get off (picture a crib covered in crap thanks to some of the diapers that didn’t make this list).”
Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® reusable pocket-style diapers and CEO of Mother of Eden, says, “This review proves what moms around the world have known all along – that there is nothing better than a FuzziBunz®. We’re the original pocket diaper and we continue to make products that mean something to moms, babies and the world at large.”
The entire review is available online at Babble.com.
NEW IBERIA, La. – Mother of Eden, the makers of the patented FuzziBunz® pocket diaper system, today announces it has signed a one-year sponsorship deal with Baby Loves Disco. The deal calls for FuzziBunz®’s sole sponsorship of the Baby Loves Disco diaper changing stations starting in September 2007.
The newly designed FuzziBunz® Diaper Changing Stations include specific areas set aside at each disco venue for parents to change their babies’ dirty diapers, thus ensuring that even the littlest dancers are entitled to a clean and safe place to change their wet and poopy garbs.
Baby Loves Disco, the brainchild of dancer and mom, Heather Murphy Monteith, has been transforming city night clubs into child-proof discos for toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents for the past several years. This season, which runs from September 2007 through August 2008, includes events in 16 U.S. cities including Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Houston, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Murphy Monteith says, “We are excited to bring the FuzziBunz® experience to the fun-spirited families that attend Baby Loves Disco events. As a family that uses FuzziBunz® ourselves, we have reaped the many cost and environmental benefits that come along with cloth diapering. We believe that the FuzziBunz® brand strongly compliments the worldly atmosphere we are trying to create at our high-energy dance events and we are proud to have Mother of Eden on-board as the sponsor of our diaper changing stations.”
Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® diapers, says partnering with Baby Loves Disco offers a unique opportunity for families to learn about today’s modern diaper options. “Many parents don’t realize that cloth diapering can be an easy and convenient alternative to disposables. Long gone are the cloth diapers with pins, Velcro, and plastic pants,” Dupuy says. “Rather, FuzziBunz® diapers are soft, easy to use, and convenient to care for and wash. And best of all, FuzziBunz® diapers deter millions of diapers from entering our landfills each year, something we can all be proud of.”
NEW IBERIA, La., – Mother of Eden, the makers of the patented FuzziBunz® pocket diaper system, today announces it was named as a 2007 Outstanding Product Winner by iParenting Media. The iParenting Media Awards program recognizes the best products in the children’s and juvenile products industries and is the only consumer awards program certified by ISO 9001:2000, the internationally recognized standard of quality assurance.
After a rigorous and thorough review of thousands of products, experienced reviewers – including parents, experts and licensed childcare centers and schools nationwide – deemed that FuzziBunz® diapers met or exceeded iParenting’s high standards to earn this prestigious award.
Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz® diapers, says that it’s important for parents to learn more about today’s modern diaper options. “Long gone are the days where cloth diapers with pins and plastic pants were the only disposable diaper alternative. FuzziBunz® diapers make cloth diapering a breeze and we are excited that the iParenting organization has recognized our important invention as one of this year’s outstanding baby care products,” she says.
The iParenting Media Award Evaluators, including at least one expert reviewer, provided several comments about why FuzziBunz® was chosen as one of the 2007 Outstanding Product Winners:
FuzziBunz® diapers can be purchased at various baby products retailers around the world. For more information or to find a retailer online or near you, please visit www.fuzzibunz.com.