Diaper Service Accreditation is good for business.

 

Accredited Diaper Service

YOU ASKED FOR CHANGES. WE LISTENED.
Based on feedback we have received from our diaper service members, we have changed the fee structure of our diaper service accreditation program. Starting July 1, 2015 RDIA members who would like to participate in the Diaper Service Accreditation program can choose from a variety of pricing and testing options. We are excited about these improvements, and we think you will be too.

BENEFITS OF DIAPER SERVICE ACCREDITATION
• Laboratory verification that your laundry adheres to the highest standard of cleanliness
• Use of RDIA’s official Accreditation seal on all marketing and promotional materials
• Regular monitoring of washing parameters enables you to quickly detect and solve problems before they cause   customer dissatisfaction
• Confirmation of the effectiveness of your wash formula
• Assures your customers that your service safely sanitizes all products to protect infant health.

Participation in RDIA’s Diaper Service Accreditation program provides your business with an additional level of quality assurance that you can proudly display and promote to all of your customers. RDIA contracts with a leading, independent, national laboratory to provide rigorous, quantifiable, micro-biological testing of laundered diapers and diapering accessories of participating businesses.

Each sample product is examined for the presence of bacteria and fungi and scored based upon the identified levels of bacteria present. In order to pass the sanitation test, businesses must maintain a sanitation score of 85 or better and there must be no disease causing pathogens present on their laundered diaper sample.

Diaper Service Accreditation Fee Structure
Standard Option:
Annual payment of $250, with 2 included laboratory tests (one sample submitted at 6 month intervals)

Monthly Installment Plan:
Automated payment plan of $25/month, with 2 included laboratory tests. (one sample submitted at 6 month intervals)

Already testing?
Annual fee of $150
If your diaper service is already testing diapers regularly with a different laboratory, and you would like to be recognized as an RDIA Accredited Diaper Service, we have created a plan just for you. RDIA will now accept copies of two bi-annual laboratory tests. Independent laboratory tests must be submitted for review to RDIA’s accreditation program administrator, along with all required documents.

Laboratory testing without Accreditation recognition:
$45 per individual test
We now offer the ability to send a sample in for testing at any time during the year. This can be useful for newly opened diaper services that wish to test and hone their laundering protocols during their initial business setup. Individual testing options can also benefit established diaper services any time changes are made to laundering formulas and procedures. All RDIA Diaper Service members are able to take advantage of the single testing option, whenever they desire the additional security that stringent laboratory testing provides. As a best practice, we encourage all diaper services to perform regular sanitation testing on their finished products.

Additional pathogen identification testing:
$30 additional, per request
If a sample tests positive for the presence of disease causing pathogens, you can request a detailed analysis of the bacteria present to determine the exact type of disease causing pathogen. This additional test can provide you with important information that will assist you in removing the offending microorganism from your laundry, and ensure that you use the correct disinfecting methods for the particular pathogen.

For more information on our Accreditation Program, please contact Michelle Dominguez, programs@realdiaperindustry.org

Why?

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated National Small Business Week. The majority of our members are either small or micro-businesses.

I am sure you can imagine the challenge we have of serving the various type and size of businesses. Not only that, but the businesses also vary in their lifecycle stage. These two challenges have been on my mind and that of the board for some time. In late March, Lori Taylor of 3Stream and I met and created a customer journey map. Here is the picture of that work in progress.

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The process was insightful and energizing. I want to share more about the process and our findings in future blogs. Today, I want to talk about “why”.

One of the reasons I love what we did is that we returned to the “why”.

“Why?” is a powerful question that can bring out the best in us by rekindling our passion and commitment. I try and revisit this often to be sure I am right tasking and that my priorities are in line with my goals. If I find myself stuck or frustrated for any length of time, I know that I need to go back to the “why”.  This process reminds me I have the power to choose my conduct, my perspective, my actions to create positive change or react in defeat and fear. It is the well from which I draw my optimism.

If you haven’t read Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why, I highly suggest you do so. This is a link to his Ted Talk that got over 22 million views:

http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA), is dedicated to making reusable cloth diapers the primary choice for families.   Why? Because we know that they are the healthier choice for our babies and our environment.   We believe that by providing services and opportunities through business education, industry research, and collaboration, we create a sustainable future for cloth diapering.

Our strength lies in our ability to work together to create positive changes in the industry. By strengthening one another, we find ourselves better equipped to greet the challenges that are thrown our way.   Working together requires cooperation, honesty, trust, transparency, but most of all positive action.

There is so much negativity thrown around. It is used as a weapon, to activate fear and mistrust; to find fault and lay blame. There will always be those who disagree and believe there is a better way. Heck, I believe there is always a better way, it just takes work to get to it. It is constant work. What was best at one time, doesn’t always continue to work in the long term.

What I don’t believe in is giving up – taking your marbles home or changing friends because they don’t agree with you or things aren’t happening when and how you think they should. While the immediate result of this behavior can appear positive and energizing, it is short lived. This approach to problem solving is wasteful, divisive and results in confusing messages.   Already thin resources are wasted. I hate waste.

I love community. I love the work involved in creating smart solutions to challenges, especially when those who disagree work together. I love the process as much as the solutions themselves. The key is agreeing to work together.

You are important. Your needs, wants and priorities for your business are important. I don’t have all the answers, none of us individually do. Together however, I know that we can raise each other up, provide struggling businesses the resources they desperately need and together create a sustainable future for cloth diapers.

Joining in the work is simple. It starts by completing a short survey. Your answers to these questions will not only help us capture industry data, but will help us better understand the current issues, challenges and opportunities cloth diaper businesses face while informing our advocacy and planning process. Share the survey with other cloth diaper businesses (Facebook, Twitter, Newsletters). The more responses received, the more useful the results will be!  Please note, that this is an industry survey, not a consumer survey.  RDA (our sister organization) is doing a consumer survey.

Complete the Cloth Diaper Industry Survey

You can also contact me directly or talk with, Michelle Dominguez, RDIA Program Director or any of the RDIA board members.

 

Farewell from Mia McDonald

Mia-McDonald-origI’ve been tasked with writing a farewell note, but I feel like this is more of a “see you later” than a farewell.  In late 2012, I was nominated to sit on the board of a local healthcare charity.  Not knowing who my competition was and whether or not I’d be voted in, I accepted that nomination.  I soon found out that I’d been voted in as a board member for the Jessie Trice Community Health Foundation.  This kind of honor could not be turned down, so I volunteered my time with both the RDIA and the JTCHF.  However, I quickly felt overwhelmed by my volunteer responsibilities and obligations I have to my business.  In weighing my priorities, my local community volunteerism triumphed.  Therefore, I have stepped down from my board duties with the RDIA.

The work and projects being handled by the RDIA are so important to the future of our businesses.  I couldn’t imagine not being affiliated with the association and I’m sad that I won’t be able to represent our members in an official capacity at this time.  However, I feel so encouraged each time I speak to a fellow cloth diaper business owner.  We all have so much insight and enthusiasm for our industry!  I’d like this “see you later” note to be a call to action for any one of you who has an hour or five to give a week or a month.  The RDIA will continue to thrive through member participation and volunteerism.  How can you help?  Send an email to info@realdiaperindustry.org and tell us your professional background along with what programs and projects you’re interested in.  If you don’t have volunteer time, please participate in webinars, share information about the association and reply to emails – your opinions really do matter!

I’d like to thank the members of the RDIA for believing in me enough to vote for me and I’d also like to thank the board members current and past for their time and direction during my short tenure.  It is my strong believe that as my business continues to grow, I will be able to join the ranks of the RDIA Board of Directors once again.  Until then, you’ll see me on the sidelines: participating and volunteering here and there.  So, I’ll see you later!

Mia McDonald
Mother Earth Diaper Service, Inc.
Former Board Member & RDIA Secretary

You’re Invited…

Have you registered for tomorrow’s webinar yet?

In 2009, Kim Webb created a line of eco-friendly cleaning products that has now become one of the industry’s most recognizable brands: Rockin’ Green.  You are invited to join Kim on February 27th at 2:30 p.m. to learn how to develop a successful brand for your business.

RockinGreen

  • Who do you want to be?  You know your business better than anyone.  Learn how to turn your vision into a successful brand.
  • Wonder how to become recognizable to customers?  An effective marketing strategy can turn your start-up into a nationally or even globally recognized name.
  • Want to know how to stand out against your competition?  Use the market, the industry, and your own personally developed network to your advantage.

It’s not too late to register.  Just click here, fill out your information, & receive a confirmation with a link to the webinar.

See you tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (EST)!

A Farewell From Kim Meador

EcoBaby and Home store

EcoBaby and Home store in Naples, Florida.

I have truly enjoyed my time on the RDIA Board.  There are certain times when our businesses arrive at a crossroads, and need more time and attention.  For me, this is one of those times, and I will be giving my store and service all my attention going forward.

The Board has met the objectives set out for them including the Accreditation program of which I was proud to be part of.  This established a laboratory testing program as well as the adoption of best practices to benefit our industry.

I have seen the Board work to be more transparent by their communications with the members in various formats including blogs, twitter, facebook, webinars and more.  I urge you as you go forward to continue this trend; our membership growth and continued success depends on it.

It has been my pleasure to be able to work with so many other people that are devoted to the goals of advancing, networking and promoting the cloth diaper industry.  I can attest to, and will continue to be an advocate of RDIA, as well as a witness to how accreditation can boost your business.  Please call me anytime for anything I can do to help with along those lines.

Thank you everyone for your help, inspiration, and friendship.  See you at the changing table!

 

Kim Meador
EcoBaby & Home

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