Archive for the ‘Tereson Dupuy – Inventor of FuzziBunz®’ Category
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
NEW IBERIA, La. – Tereson (Thomas) Dupuy, the CEO of Mother of Eden and inventor of the patented FuzziBunz® pocket diaper system, was named a “Finalist” today in the “Best Entrepreneur – Non-Service Business – up to 100 employees” category in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event in New York in March. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and several other countries are expected to attend. More than 600 entries were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, and Best Community Involvement Program.
Dupuy, a Louisiana native, has been in the diaper business for more than seven years. She invented the pocket diaper concept and holds a U.S. patent for her invention. Thousands and thousands of moms around the world have made FuzziBunz® reusable diapers one of the top selling reusable diapers on the market today.
“I invented FuzziBunz® out of necessity. I wanted to help my baby better cope with the chronic diaper rash that plagued his skin. Disposables contained chemicals irritated his skin and traditional cloth diapers were soggy, inconvenient and hard to care for. I created a reusable diaper that keeps a baby dry and happy and that many moms tell me significantly reduces the incidence of diaper rash,” said Dupuy.
Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.
“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition.”
Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.
Monday, March 5th, 2007
NEW IBERIA, La. – Tereson Dupuy, the CEO of New Iberia, Louisiana-based Mother of Eden Inc., and inventor of the patented FuzziBunz® pocket diaper system, was named “Best Entrepreneur” during a gala event held in New York City on March 2, 2007 in honor of the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run worldwide and the Stevies organization has been hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post.
Dupuy won Best Entrepreneur of a non-service business up to 100 employees and was selected over three other finalists in her category. More than 600 nomination entries were submitted for consideration and women in more than 34 categories were honored for their efforts.
Dupuy, a New Orleans native, Broussard resident and graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, says she’s honored to be this year’s Best Entrepreneur. She has been building Mother of Eden for nearly eight years and invented and patented the widely popular FuzziBunz® pocket diapering system in 1999. In her acceptance speech,Dupuy said, “Necessity is the mother of invention, and necessity is what led me to invent FuzziBunz®. FuzziBunz® diapers continue to be the leading reusable diapering solution for today’s real moms and it’s a good feeling to see a mom and businesswoman like me being recognized nationally for her achievements.”
Dupuy says that this award has validated her hard work and dedication over the past eight years. “It is a real privilege to accept this award on behalf of the loyal FuzziBunz® customers around the world who already know that diapering can be simple, convenient and sustainable,” adds Dupuy.
Members of the Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs selected the Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.
Details about The Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of winners in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/women.
Monday, May 10th, 2004
Here’s a business where the “bottom” line is really all that matters. WAFB’s Allen Tumey has found a diaper factory in Iberia parish.
This thriving New Iberia enterprise started because five years ago a mother had a problem.
“After I had my second child, Eden, he had a rash that would not go away,” says Tereson Dupuy. “It would literally make me cry.”
No lotion, powder or diaper would help, so Tereson came up with her own solution, and that solution led to this factory. Here 20 full-time employees make “FuzziBunz®.”
“This is fleece material, polar fleece like a jacket would be made out of. Feel that, how soft. When a baby wets on here, this doesn’t retain moisture so what we have is a super absorbent insert,” says Tereson. “This is made out of micro-fiber material. It’s a very progressive new-age type material. There’s a lot of people using them these days. This goes in the pocket, and what that does is make them very clean. Take them out, and it’s very easy to clean, very easy to dry.”
FuzziBunz® are sold worldwide in much the same manner as Tupperware — by a company that’s part business, part outreach, teaching parenting values.
Tereson says, “We think that people deserve a better quality of life. That’s kind of what drove me to create the diapers. I felt that my baby needed something better than what was already out there.”
You can learn more about FuzziBunz® by calling 1-866-DRY-BABY or by visiting www.fuzzibunz.com.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2003
By Ellen McGirt
(MONEY Magazine) – It all started with a rash that wouldn’t go away. “Nothing worked,” says Tereson Dupuy, 33, of her then newborn son’s chronic diaper rash. “We were both miserable.” Switching from disposables to cloth helped the rash but created a new problem. “They leaked, and he was wet all the time,” she says. “Plus, cloth diapers are gross.” Dupuy tried to make her own, experimenting with gentle and absorbent materials, from polar fleece to terry cloth. For three months in 1998, she sewed, changed and laundered. Finally, a breakthrough. Using a combination of materials, Dupuy stitched a variation on the familiar two-part diaper–a leakproof outer pant with an absorbent inner core, both reusable. The diaper worked, and the rash cleared up. Then came the classic lightbulb moment. “I thought, I can’t be the only one who can use this,” recalls Dupuy.
First she gave samples to friends. Then Dupuy began selling the diapers, which she calls FuzziBunz®. Sales hit $12,000 in 1999, but she barely broke even.
By 2000, sales were growing steadily, thanks largely to word of mouth. Still able to rely on her husband’s salary as a sound engineer, she reinvested what came in. Dupuy found skilled laborers after a local textile factory closed. “We started out by having people sew in their homes,” she says, but by October 2000, the company needed a home base. “I spent $125 a month in rent and hired three employees,” says Dupuy, who today has 18 employees and ships from four locations.
Last year, the company–named Mother of Eden after the son who inspired the diaper (she also has an eight-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son)–had $500,000 in sales; it’s on track to double that in 2003. Her distribution system reflects the company’s origin: Dupuy sells FuzziBunz® wholesale to 150 small Web and mail-order businesses run by work-at-home moms. She and her husband, who now works for the company, pay themselves modest salaries and pour profits back into the business, which is clearly a labor of love.