The 2nd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge kicks off on May 21-27, 2012. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge was an idea that came after Kim Rosas, owner of Dirty Diaper Laundry blog, read a number of news articles referencing the practice of reusing disposable diapers.
There are currently no government funded programs to help babies in need of diapers.
The challenge will raise awareness and teach parents that they can use reusable cloth diapers even when no traditional laundry facilities are available. Flat cloth diapers are the most economical diapering system available. Low income families can even use found objects such as receiving blankets and kitchen towels to diaper their babies for free. Flat cloth diapers can be easily handwashed in a sink, tub, or using a camp style bucket washing system that can be constructed using a 5 gallon bucket and a plunger.
Kim has pledged $1.00 per participant (up to $200) who completes the flats challenge to Giving Diapers Giving Hope, a non-profit that supplies cloth diapers to families in need. As one of the Web’s largest online cloth diapering stores we have matched Kim’s donation to Giving Diapers Giving Hope by donating $200 to the organization. To date over 400 participants have signed up to complete the challenge. A few of the participants will even be blogging about their experiences using flat cloth diapers and washing them by hand for one week.
We think it’s important to give back to the community and help provide resources for families in need. “We are excited that our donation will fund cloth diapers and accessories to families who cannot afford them so that they may be able to afford food and shelter for their families. It’s important to educate families that using cloth diapers can help provide these necessities,” adds Bobbi-Jean Palmer, our faithful owner.
To find other ways to help families in need get cloth diapers and cloth diaper education you can sign the petition to get cloth diapers covered by WIC – a government funded program that assists low income families by supplying food and other baby needs but not diapers. There is also another petition to show support for the DIAPER ACT (H R 3134) that could help get more babies access to cloth diapers (cloth and disposable).
To keep up with the challenge and meet the participants you can follow them on Twitter using #FlatsChallenge.
We’ll be providing some additional tips and guides about how to use flats here on the blog. In addition, we’re added flats packages to the store which include a dozen flats, 3 covers, a snappi, and a detergent sample. These packages start at about $55 and will last from birth through potty training.
Be sure to stop by Facebook this week and share your experiences with flats on our wall.