Posts Tagged ‘Tereson Dupuy’
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Most of our longtime readers know that as a mother of a child impacted by autism, FuzziBunz’s CEO, Tereson Dupuy, is committed to helping others who are also impacted by autism. With Autism Awareness Month (in April) on the horizon, Dupuy is proud to announce that her modern cloth diapering company has raised more than $13,000 for Autism Speaks™ to date.
Through the “Light It Up Blue” cloth diaper campaign, which launched in June 2011, Dupuy pledged to donate $1 to Autism Speaks™ for every “Light It Up Blue” FuzziBunz cloth diaper sold. Since making that pledge, she says her fans have “showed up” to support the cause.
To further support autism awareness, we are also hosting a “Light Pinterest Up Blue” Pinterest contest and invite friends, fans and customers to “Pin” images of your babies in our “Light It Up Blue” FuzziBunz cloth diaper or alternatively showing your support for autism in any way that’s personally meaningful.
Autism is a very personal cause to Dupuy, as her son, Eden, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, in 2006 when he was just 8 years old. With the help of the medical community and support from friends and family, Dupuy says she believes her son has been able to overcome many obstacles along the way.
Dupuy will continue to donate $1 to Autism Speaks™ for every Light It Up Blue FuzziBunz cloth diaper sold through December 31, 2012.
The FuzziBunz® “Light It Up Blue” cloth diaper comes in both the one-size “Elite” cloth diaper, which adjusts to fit babies from 7-30+ pounds, and the “Perfect-Size” cloth diaper, which comes in sizes x-small through x-large. Light It Up Blue FuzziBunz are available for $13.95-$18.95 (Perfect Size) and $19.95 (Elite One-Size) at a variety stores on- and off-line worldwide.
To find an authorized FuzziBunz® retailer near you, please visit the “Where to Buy FuzziBunz®” page on FuzziBunz.com. For more information read our complete press release.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
April is Autism Awareness Month and as a mother of a child impacted by autism, FuzziBunz’s CEO, Tereson Dupuy, has committed herself to helping others impacted by autism too. In fact, this week, Dupuy is proud to announce that through the “Light It Up Blue” cloth diaper campaign, which launched in June 2011, the company has raised more than $13,000 for Autism Speaks™!
To honor Autism Awareness Month and to continue to encourage our community to support to this important cause, we invite you to join us for a contest on Pinterest.
When is it? On Monday, April 2, between 9am and 6pm EDT, we want you to join us to “Light Pinterest Up Blue” with images of your babies in our “Light It Up Blue” FuzziBunz cloth diaper or alternatively showing your support for autism in any way that’s meaningful to you.
How can I get involved? To participate, all you need to do is log into Pinterest on Monday, April 2 between 9am and 6pm EST and “pin” pictures of your child, niece, nephew or young friends wearing the “Light it Up Blue” cloth diaper, tagging @FuzziBunz in the caption so we can be sure to see it. If you have been impacted by autism, tell us your story in the photo caption. We will repin all qualified entrants to our Pinterest page too – so be sure to tag @FuzziBunz in your pin!
What if I don’t own a “Light It Up Blue” diaper? If you want to participate but do not own the blue diaper, post a picture that alternatively shows your support for autism awareness. Some ideas are posting a photo of your baby dressed entirely in blue or your baby holding a sign that says “Light It Up Blue.”
How can I win? An esteemed panel of FuzziBunz judges will select three finalists and on Monday, April 9, we will post the three finalists’ pictures on our Facebook page and let you – our fans – vote for their favorite. We will announce the winner on the FuzziBunz blog the following day and the winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim her prize.
The winner will receive two free FuzziBunz diapers, one choice FuzziBunz accessory and a Q+A feature on the FuzziBunz blog. The two “runners up” will each receive a free FuzziBunz diaper in the color of their choice (subject to availability). Please visit the official contest rules for more information.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
It’s FOOTBALL season and we thought we’d have a little fun on our blog! As we head into another promising week of football madness, we thought we’d share with you our CEO’s enthusiasm for the game. Check out Tereson Dupuy’s Game Day ritual!
The Dress: First I set my season outfit based on if the New Orleans Saints win a game or not. So far we are 0-1 so I am not committed to any particular part of my dress. However, it always consists of the following staples:
- Saints Jersey – Number 12 – Colston
- “Who Dat” earrings – one says “Who” the other says “Dat”
- My Saints scrunchy to hold my hair out of my face while screaming at the TV (don’t judge, I love my scrunchy!)
These are a MUST in my game day attire whether in the Superdome or at home.
Once the Saints win their first game, nothing of the attire, including shoes and underwear, are substituted for the remainder of the season. Oh, and yes, I have “Game Day” underwear… I am a die hard Who Dat!
The Food: On game days the kitchen is active with the cooking of the Gumbo! My children all ask constantly, “When will it be ready?” but they all know it is for AFTER the game is over.
The Bubbly: Last, there is always a chilled bottle of “bubbles” in the fridge. We toast if we win and we drown our sorrows if we loose. Either way there are always bubbles at the end of the game, which gives us something to look forward to.
Do you or someone in your family have a game day ritual? Do you dress your little one in football garb? If so, share your comments and pictures with us on our Facebook page.
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Tereson Dupuy inventor of FuzziBunz cloth diapers and the “Light it Up Blue” cloth diaper to support families impacted by Autism are featured on DailyMomtra.com
Click here or read below for the full Q&A with Tereson!
As an avid user of FuzziBunz cloth diapers on my little guy Brody, I was absolutely thrilled when I was recently given the opportunity to interview Tereson Dupuy, the brilliant mind that created FuzziBunz diapers in 1999.
I was even more excited when I learned that FuzziBunz is currently selling a “Light it Up Blue” diaper with $1 of every purchase being donated to Autism Speaks. (Tereson’s son Eden, who was the inspiration behind her creation, is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.) Check out my Q&A session with the “mother of the modern cloth diaper” below, and check out www.fuzzibunz.com to pick up quality cloth diapers and help an amazing cause at the same time.
Katie: As the mother of a child with autism who has worn FuzziBunz for the past several years, I must thank you for making a truly outstanding product. Besides being the highest quality cloth diaper around, I noticed also as my son grew older that FuzziBunz seem to come in larger sizes than most CDs on the market. Is this something that you have done with children with disabilities/special needs in mind? Have you given any consideration to producing even larger sized FuzziBunz in the future specifically for children whose needs may require them to stay in diapers longer than others?
Tereson: We actually do have larger sizes in XL and XXL that we make in house in our warehouse in Louisiana. We would certainly given the demand for them make them in larger quantities as this is a need for special needs children. So we do have the product and would be happy to make more and get them into the hands of the people that can reach parents with special needs children.
Katie: Eczema, skin conditions, allergies and food allergies seem to go hand-in-hand with asperger’s & autism. Besides using Fuzzibunz for your son Eden, have there been other changes that you have made for him, dietary or otherwise that you have seen good results from?
Tereson: Allergies have always been an issue and we just tackle those as they come about. But what I have found most helpful is to just be in tuned to his sensativities with food and provide the types of foods that appeal to him and not force him to eat things that I know make him uncomfortable. Many adjustments have to be made such as not taking him to really crowded places, noisy places etc and heaven forbid the ZOO with all of those smells!
Katie: Chemicals in typical disposable diapers have actually been linked in past reports as a contributing factor to autism, among a myriad of other things such as vaccines, environment, and genetics. With a recent study revealing that it is now estimated that 1 in 30 children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, do you have any thoughts or opinions on this issue that you would like to share?
Tereson: I don’t know how I feel about the environmental factors that cause Autism, Aspergers I know runs in families so it is genetic but what I can only hope for is a cure or at best a better mode of treatment for families that are affected by Autism spectrum disorders.
Katie: Fuzzibunz seemed to erase the sensory discomforts that my son experienced with typical disposable diapers. What made you choose the materials that you did when creating FuzziBunz? Was it trial and error or did you have a specific formula in mind?
Tereson: I made the connection that chemicals were the cause of the rash, as well as the wet feeling of cotton next to his skin in cloth diapers so I knew I needed something next to his skin that was both chemical free and soft and dry. Polar fleece was the answer! I tried it, it worked, happy baby, rash free!
Katie: Your idea to collaborate with Autism Speaks is a wonderful one. Do you have any future plans to link up with any other autism awareness groups for fundraising or just general awareness?
Tereson: I would love to as the opportunity arrises – this is a cause very close to my heart and so much more is needed to raise awareness. We have many walks and runs to benefit Autism awareness in our area and FuzziBunz plans to be a sponsor for those events locally.
Katie: Finally, what words of wisdom or advice would you share with other families just receiving an autism or asperger’s diagnosis for their child?
Tereson: Know that you have been given a very special gift, albeit challenging, but education and understanding the issue is so important in helping your child grow and thrive in a world that is often times foreign and uncomfortable to them. Knowledge, love and a lot of patience is definitely the key to raising a child effected with an Autism spectrum disorder.
Katie: Thank you once more for taking the time to speak with us. Your product is making a wonderful difference in so many children’s lives and your decision to partner up to raise funds for Autism Speaks is just the cherry on top!
Tereson: THANK YOU!
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
This is a Turkish worker in the process of manufacturing a FuzziBunz cloth diaper
Dear Loyal FuzziBunz Friends:
In December of 2010, we made the decision to leave our manufacturer in China due to several very good reasons and begin manufacturing with a factory and textile company in Turkey that had contacted us for our business. I can honesty tell you that switching manufacturers has been one of the best decisions I have made in a long time!
This past week one of my key employees and I flew to Istanbul to visit the factory in which all of our raw materials and products are being made. We were escorted by our manufacturing agent located there, who treated us like family the whole time. I have a very deep respect for the business ethics and the hospitality of the Turkish people. They are honest in how they do business and they are excited and willing to help us grow.
During our visit, we were able to see first-hand how all of our fabrics are made – they are not imported from other places or countries – they are all made in the same factory lending to a much more eco-conscious manufacturing process! We saw our fleece being knitted and finished to our liking. We saw the dying process and lab in which we can design our colors to spec – which are all eco-friendly dyes and processes by the way!
We also were able to see the women working on our products, packaging our products, sewing, etc and the conditions in which they work (which are impeccable)! I think one of the things that impressed me the most (of many) was the metal detector in which each of our diapers goes through to ensure that no needle fragments or any other harmful parts were left in the diaper. The quality control from raw goods inspection to final inspection is detailed — I have never seen such attention to quality as I have seen in Turkey.
It is true that with all new manufacturing there will be issues and kinks to work out. But HOW it is worked out and made better to suit the quality needs that follow the FuzziBunz brand is what is amazing!
At first the outer knit was not quite the same as previous production – but we fixed that immediately with a different knitting setting – it was not bad but different and addressed and fixed. And with the introduction of the Perfect Size cloth diaper by this new factory we ran into some elastic issues – which we personally pulled from our shelves and will fix and donate to a cause of our choice. We are replacing any problematic diapers as we always have. Part of this was our rush to meet the demand of our retailers and customers from the lack of inventory we were experiencing with our previous factory. The issue we had with fabrics is not entirely the factory in Turkey’s fault but our own for the desire to be able to provide product to our retailers and customers as soon as possible.
What I have learned from this manufacturer switch is that everyone – from the facility in Turkey our corporate HQ in Louisiana – has addressed any issues immediately and with ease and are all committed to delivering our customers what they want and expect from FuzziBunz.
It certainly is discouraging when I hear negative comments about the “Made in Turkey” diapers because they are not exactly like the ones that were previously made in China. Some made in China diapers de-laminated on a regular basis, which caused many problems for us and our customers. The quality we are getting now with all of our new production has far exceeded what was being made in China.
I would like to make a note on the fleece because some people have commented on this being different and not as soft too. Softer is not always better! It may feel nice right out of the package but over time it does not dry as quickly and tends to thin. While trying to be as consistent as possible with manufacturing changes have been made to our fleece to be more durable, softer and what is most important, functional! They keep your baby’s bottom drier!! The factory even went as far as to dispose of all fleece that was previously made for our production in lieu of making the changes I had requested to expedite our commitment to quality. We did not ask them to do this, they just did it at a loss to them.
I hope that we can all work through these changes together. If you believe you have a defective diaper, we are more than happy to replace it and honor our warranty. We have always done so. Please let us know and we’ll make it right – when we don’t know what the problem may be or see comments elsewhere, we always wonder why that person didn’t come to us first. We would have helped them and saved everyone a lot of angst.
And if there is one thing you take away from this message is that we want you to know that both FuzziBunz and our manufacturer in Turkey are committed to quality and evolving to an even better FuzziBunz for our customers. If you have suggestions or have further questions, we are just an email or phone call away.
CEO and founder, FuzziBunz
Another image of our manufacturing facility hard at work making FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
CNET’s Natali Morris took a month-long cloth diaper challenge, using only non-disposable diapers on her baby. Morris talks about why she’s a convert and how you can be too. Then, holiday gift ideas for your kids.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7131550n&tag=contentAux;rBoxPromo#ixzz1AHQc8WkO
Monday, December 6th, 2010
(Lafayette, Louisiana) November 16, 2010 – As the inventor of modern day reusable and eco-friendly diapering products for babies, FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers today announces it has taken home top honors in two categories at the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The FuzziBunz One-Size Cloth Diaper, the most adjustable one-size cloth diaper, was named “Best New Product of the Year,” and FuzziBunz was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year” for its efforts to bring quality eco-friendly diapering products to moms around the world.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.
Tereson Dupuy, the inventor of FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers and the Mother of the Modern Cloth Diapering Movement, says she is humbled by this attention. “While there are many adjustable cloth diapers these days to choose from, it’s inspiring to know that so many moms consider FuzziBunz One-Size Cloth Diapers as the “best cloth diapers” around. It motivates me to continue to bring eco-friendly and money-saving diapering solutions to moms.”
Stevie Awards were handed out in categories including Best Entrepreneur, Lifetime Achievement, and Women Helping Women at the gala event in New York City on November 12. More than 1,200 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.
Finalists were chosen by business professionals during preliminary judging. The Stevie awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors chose the winners from among the finalists.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is at www.stevieawards.com/women.
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – Tereson Dupuy knows about solving problems. When the inventor of the modern cloth diaper and founder of FuzziBunz® cloth diapers heard about a program pleading for supplies to help clean up the oil spill along the Gulf shore, the Louisiana native realized she could help. Today, Dupuy and the company are officially announcing a nationwide drive to put the ultra-absorbent materials used in her cloth diapers and other baby materials to a different use for animal rescue and clean up.
After watching the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastate her family’s favorite beaches, precious wildlife and threaten the way of life for her hometown of New Orleans, Dupuy wanted to help. “The rescue workers are in need of absorbent materials and we are in the business of manufacturing one of the most absorbent materials around, so it’s a no-brainer,” she says. “I’m so glad we can do our part to help in this attack on nature right in our backyard.”
Dupuy and FuzziBunz® are putting out a nationwide call for old cloth diaper inserts (the absorbent material stuffed inside pocket-diapers like FuzziBunz®), pre-fold diapers, baby blankets, burp cloths, microfiber towels or other absorbent fabrics and the company’s warehouse is serving as a central drop-off point for these items. These specific items will be used to care for, clean and transport wildlife. The effort is called “Cloth for the Coast” and has a dedicated website: www.CommunityfortheCoast.org.
Donations of gently used cloth diapers are also being accepted. While diapers with Velcro, snaps, or elastic cannot be used for cleaning, there is a dire need in the low income communities where the families have been most affected by the spill. Dupuy is currently seeking assistance from Catholic Charities and United Way to identify families in need of donated diapers and is willing to work with these families on transitioning to cloth. By switching to donated reusable diapers, such as FuzziBunz®, these families will save thousands of dollars that would normally be spent on disposables.
“Since the oil spill, people who don’t normally ‘think green’ are giving the environment more thought. I’m glad that I am so close and do something to help make this happen,” says Dupuy. “And I have been overwhelmed by the response from the cloth diapering community so far. I knew they would pull together and do what they could during this environmental tragedy. Now they can recycle diapers for people in need as well.”
Diapers and blankets gathered at the FuzziBunz® warehouse will be organized by local volunteers and distributed to wildlife organizations in bulk. Families around the country wishing to help can donate items by sending directly to FuzziBunz® at:
315 Weeks St
New Iberia, LA 70560
Those looking to donate money to rescue animals or volunteer time can also visit www.CommunityfortheCoast.org, a website also funded by the company that serves as an easy-to-use information resource.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Monday, November 24th, 2008
LAFAYETTE, La. – FuzziBunz® cloth diapers today announces that it has been awarded the prestigious Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Media Inc’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products. FuzziBunz® were the only cloth diaper awarded this year’s Seal.
Being honored with an award from PTPA Media Inc. is a great achievement for products geared to babies, children and parents. “We are honored to be among the elite number of reputable companies that serve the baby industry. FuzziBunz® cloth diapers are beloved by parents around the globe because they give parents a real option to chemical-laden disposables and old-fashioned pre-fold diapers,” says Tereson Dupuy, founder and inventor of FuzziBunz® cloth diapers.
PTPA Media’s mission is to discover and appraise new products designed for children and families. A great number of submitted products were tested by savvy parenting reviewers and professionals and the results were compiled for PTPA Media Inc.’s review committee for the final decision. The winners of the Seal of Approval are selected based on value, functionality, quality and appeal of the product.
Sharon Vinderine, a Director at PTPA Media Inc., says, “Parents who are shopping for products for their families can look for our Seal of Approval and know that these products have been tried and tested by parents for parents.”
About PTPA Media Inc.
PTPA Media Inc. (Parent Tested, Parent Approved) provides an objective means to discover, appraise and promote new products designed to enrich family living. Products range from baby clothing, toys and accessories to parent-centric creations that enhance day to day life. Our mission is to marry innovative companies with discerning consumers. We provide reliable and relevant information to both parties with the intent of improving the consumer access to exciting quality products. Visit www.ptpamedia.com for more information.
The patented FuzziBunz® pocket diapers are a convenient and sustainable diapering solution for today’s busy parents. The reusable diapers ensure no leaks, no rash and no waste.
FuzziBunz® diapers include three layers:
1) a waterproof outer barrier to keep wetness contained,
2) a soft microfleece inner layer that touches a baby’s skin and pulls away moisture, and
3) a unique, pocket-style opening that enables a parent to customize the absorbency using super absorbent micro-terrycloth pads.
Stay-at-home-mom, Tereson Dupuy, invented FuzziBunz® in January 1999 in response to her infant son’s chronic diaper rash and her overall dissatisfaction with all available diapers. Tereson stitched the first FuzziBunz® in her home and a short time later, the FuzziBunz® diapering movement was born. For more information about FuzziBunz®, please visit www.fuzzibunz.com. To purchase FuzziBunz® diapers and accessories, please visit www.fuzzibunzdirect.com. For more information about Mother of Eden, please visit www.motherofeden.com.