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Sunday, June 1st, 2008
Reusable diapers are big business for this Lafayette-based company
By: Eve Kidd Crawford
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.”
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
Before my daughter was born, I approached this subject with friends with young children and was advised that cloth diapers are not a good idea. They’re messy, leak and are, according to some sources, not any better for the environment than disposables. I was also told that babies get diaper rash more frequently with cloth diapers, they’re bulky and less comfortable for baby, and they require extra time and energy, especially if you wash them yourself. Basically, friends told us we’d be a little crazy to sign up for cloth diapering along with new parenting.
Having considered all of these points, I just couldn’t stand the thought of my daughter’s waste wrapped in plastic in a landfill for the next three hundred years.
Therefore, we took the gamble and invested in cloth diapers. After much research, we chose FuzziBunz®. They offer beautiful, functional diapers in a rainbow of colors. When the gorgeous bouquet arrived in the mail I was so excited. I tucked them all into a big basket and showed a friend the arc of pretty little diapers. She rolled her eyes and said, “Oh yeah. I’m sure that’s exactly how it’s going to be.”
I have to say, it IS just how it’s been. I have LOVED cloth diapering, and 17 months later, I’ve never purchased a disposable for out little girl.
The white microfleece that touches her skin is incredibly soft. Forget about pins; these diapers are fashioned so that they grow with baby, featuring a multitude of snaps. And the color choice (they now offer some prints, as well) is so sweet; they negate the need for diaper covers.
They’re not cheap, (they generally run about $18/diaper and $5 per insert) but they’ve paid for themselves dozens of times over. Their re-sell value is terrific (check out eBay), and I love that she’s so comfortable. As far as washing, I find it to be a non-issue. I’m doing so much laundry, anyway, I hardly notice the difference.
So, I’ve become a cloth fan. And some of the friends who advised us against them have had their second. Guess what? They’re using FuzziBunz®.
So tell us.
Original article on MomFinds.com:
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.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Original article on NYmetroparents.com
by Judy Antell
Diapering should not be fraught with angst — there are enough parenting decisions that are. But there are so many choices now that even the most Zen parent can get ready to toss her wipes.
Cloth versus disposable has been debated since the first throw-away, but a resusable diaper, FuzziBunz®, may convert even the most ardent anti-cloth advocate. These diapers, developed by a mother of three whose second child was allergic to the chemicals in disposables, offers an alternative that is convenient, low-cost, and keeps kids dry. When Tereson Dupuy fist put her son in cloth diapers, his diaper was always wet; when she came up with her design, he stayed dry and his rash cleared up, she maintains. The diaper has an inner core made of polyester fleece; moisture draws through to an absorbent core without chemicals. FuzziBunz®, which has been on the market for six years, just came out with cute prints, including gingham and trains. $17.95 includes the diaper & insert; Tereson estimates that the average user will save over $1700 by using her product.
Huggies has two new super premium diapers: Huggies Supreme Gentle Care and Huggies Supreme Natural Fit. The diapers, for newborn-size 6, replace Huggies Supreme, and offer a more customized fit.
There are two mothers who have more radical approaches to diapering — or the lack thereof:
- For when you’re past desperation level, Teri Crane has written Potty Training Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro (Simon & Schuster, $11.95). Crane asserts that even the most stubborn child can be trained in one day, with . . . wait for it . . . a potty party. This three-step process starts by giving your child a doll that wets, getting a child to use the potty, then a party with a few friends and relatives to celebrate. She includes many themes, with decorations and treats to motivate a reluctant child.
- Or you could end the debate by going the diaper-free route. Christine Gross-Loh, who writes in the new The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative (Regan Books, $15.95) that she found diaper-free advocates extreme, eventually embraces the movement and offers a balanced look at this controversial early (as in from birth) toilet training method.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
Original post on swankymoms.com:
Gone are the days of old fashioned cloth diapers with pins and such! FuzziBunz® has a fabulous, stylish line of modern cloth diapers!
Here are just a few of the benefits to using cloth:
- keeps baby dry
- incredible diaper savings
- eliminates treats/diaper rash
- healthy for our environment
- adjustable sizes
- no wet leaks
- stays beautiful wash after wash
- easy to use
- trim fit
- quick drying
- comfortable for baby
To read more on cloth diapering and see the styles available, please visit www.fuzzibunz.com
Friday, November 10th, 2006
Original article on momfinds.com:
What: FuzziBunz® Diapers
Why: While the thought of cloth diapers both intrigues and irks you, you just can’t imagine slaving away like your mom and grandma did to keep your baby in fresh diapers. You’re also concerned about leaking, comfort, pins and rashes and any other sacrifices you might have to make in order to stop contributing to the earth’s landfills. With Tereson Dupuy’s ingenius design, you don’t have to make a single one.
FuzziBunz® diapers are absorbent, waterproof, pin-free and extremely comfortable. The fleece that touches baby’s bottom is both incredibly soft and stays dry as it whisks away moisture to the highly-absorbent insert of the pocketed diaper. Sure they’re a little expensive, but they’re so worth it; they pay for themselves several times over in just a matter of months. And don’t even worry about washing. Simply wash them in a regular cycle and extra rinse on hot, and they’re as good as new. No soaking or bleaching required!
Tuesday, January 18th, 2005
Vegan Babies and Toddlers
by Brenda Stokes
When your little one arrives, it makes sense that you’ll want to have everything ready. A crib, stuffed animals, blankets, nursing bras, and many other items sit waiting for your little boy or girl’s debut. But what about diapers? Is it something you’ve really taken a moment to consider? There has long been a debate between the disposable and cloth diaper, but with technology on the side of the eco-conscious, the battle is about to be over.
More than 3 million tons of diapers go into U.S. landfills a year according to the EPA, and will take decades or even centuries to biodegrade. For many, this is enough to switch to cloth diapers, yet for those dead set against the diapers of their grandmothers, some companies have considered producing recycled diapers. It only makes sense that this would happen, because the common diaper is made of materials that can easily be recycled.
Jeffrey Potter, Director of Communications Programs for the Biodiversity Project makes mention of the advantages of recycling diapers, in that it gives us the opportunity to “treat the human waste held in the diapers, protecting our surface and groundwater supplies from potential contamination.” Yet even though 95% of diaper materials are recyclable, no such recycling centers have been created, thus the initiative goes on hold. Being the only kind of disposable diaper that would be beneficial to use, all the environmentally aware person is left with are cloth diapers.
Cloth Diaper Benefits
The cloth diapers of today have most certainly moved beyond those of your mother or grandmother’s years. An assortment of styles, types, fabrics and fastenings have brought the cloth diaper up to par with the disposable in the areas of convenience and absorption. Betty Winslow, a mother of four, used cloth diapers on all of her children with plastic pants over them. “It cut down on rashes and allergic reactions, was way cheaper since you only paid for them once…no worries about having the right size and they were easier on the environment.”
Still not convinced? Many people are reluctant to cross over to cloth because of the washing factor. It is just too easy to throw away disposable diapers, rather than deal with washing them. However, it’s really not that difficult. After depositing any solid waste into the toilet, you can wash a load of diapers in the washing machine. If you choose to, you can also presoak the diapers in a diaper pail to loosen materials and reduce the risk of staining. Once you wash the diapers, be sure to run them through a cold rinse cycle and then line dry or in the drier on a normal setting. Most diaper covers can be machine washed, unless they’re wool, which require hand washing. Regardless of washing, however, think of what sacrificing a little extra time with the laundry will benefit in other areas.
Less expense. Ask any new parent and their number one largest expense by far is diapers. If you use cloth diapers, however, you’ll save an enormous amount of money, as you only have to buy a set amount. According to Mary McCarthy, owner of Comfy Bummy Diapers, an entire set of diapers for one child should cost somewhere around $315, which includes the cost of disposable diaper liners that are completely biodegradable. How many diapers should you buy? Enough to last about 3-4 days says McCarthy, unless you want to be doing the laundry every other day.
Less hazardous. Disposable diapers fill up the landfills and don’t biodegrade fast enough to keep up with our human consumption. Cloth diapers on the other hand, are made of biodegradable materials, so when they finally have served the full extent of their purpose, they won’t add to any pollution problems.
Less leaks. Maybe not in comparison to disposable diapers, but the newer cloth diapers are much better than the old ones. No longer will you find loose fitting legs, but rather fitted diapers with maximum absorbency in the right places.
Less Irritation. Some babies can be allergic to the harsh chemicals and plastics used in making disposable diapers. A soft cotton diaper is least likely to cause rashes and cuts down on the risk of allergies. Just be sure to purchase cloth that is unbleached or chlorine-free.
Many types of cloth diapers now exist and provide a wide variety of choices. From prefolds to fitted, parents can actually make a selection regarding cloth diapers. Diaper covers and wraps secure the diaper in place and prevent any leakage from occurring. You can buy diapers that have the diaper and cover connected in one piece, or you can add “doublers” or extra strips of thick cotton to add absorbency.
Tereson Dupuy, inventor of the FuzziBunz® diaper supports the use of cloth diapers. “Today’s reusable diapers are just as convenient and easy to use as disposables are, using fasteners such as Velcro and snaps to replace pins, and new high tech fabrics to eliminate all of the hassles of ‘old time’ ways of diapering,” comments Dupuy. Her patented “pocket diapers” contain polar fleece and micro-terry, that absorb better than chemical fillers and jell materials. Dupuy even claims “pocket diapers” keep babies drier and can virtually eliminate diaper rash.
Cloth diapers are now healthy contenders to the highly marketed and wasteful disposable diaper. Whether or not you choose cloth for your baby is up to you, but with soft cotton covering your baby’s bottom, the benefits outweigh the “burden” of throwing them in the washing machine. To be environmentally sound, cloth is the only way to go.
Potter, Jeffrey. E-mail Interview. 25 Jan. 2005.
Dupuy, Tereson. E-mail Interview. 1 Feb. 2005.
Winslow, Betty. Forum Interview. 29 Jan. 2005.
Brenda Stokes is a freelance writer and college student based in Southern California. She has work accepted by ePregnancy, Woman This Month, N2Arts and others. She can be reached at email@example.com or www.ph-x.com
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.
Thursday, May 9th, 2002
It’s The End of the Soggy Diaper!!
Original article posted on LA Pregnancy
We found an answer to a wet soggy diaper and it’s called FuzziBunz®.
Fuzzi Bunz is a non-disposable fleece diaper that was invented with three goals in mind:
- Stopping and preventing diaper rash or yeast infection.
- Keeping your baby dry – period.
- Saving you time and money.
And guess what, all three of these goals are being met and surpassed by FuzziBunz®. They’ve been supplying households now for three years.
The patent pending design of the FuzziBunz® sets it apart from the chemical disposable diaper and from the cloth diapers. Parents now have a positive choice in diapering their precious babies.
Here’s how FuzziBunz® works: the fleece is the first layer of the diaper, it is what keeps the baby dry; the micro terry is the absorbent insert that draws the all the ukky fluid away from the baby. Finally the water proof material on the outside keeps you and the surrounding area dry with its remarkable leak proof ability.
The nice people at FuzziBunz® say that this diaper requires no fuss when laundering – you simply take out the insert and throw both pieces in the wash. (Of course they recommend knocking off the solid stuff into the toilet.)
And no need to worry because these diapers WILL NOT STAIN – no matter what comes out !!! They say that they haven’t found any thing to stain them in the three years and counting. There’s no presoaking required – just wash and wear.
Save money too by using less detergent when washing because the FuzziBunz® gang recommend using 1/4 of the amount of detergent.
The unbelievable FuzziBunz®
Toll Free: 1-866-DRY-BABY