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RDIA Diaper Service Members Receive Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kim Meador, RDIA Board Member
DATE: July 24, 2012
PLACE: Sacramento, California
E-mail: Kim@ecobabyandhome.com

Accredited Diaper Service

RDIA DIAPER SERVICE MEMBERS RECEIVE ACCREDITATION

The following diaper services have received RDIA diaper service accreditation:

These Diaper Services have been awarded accreditation from the Real Diaper Industry Association, a California-based cloth diaper industry trade association that establishes quality standards for the cloth diaper service industry.

“By voluntarily applying for and receiving the RDIA Diaper Service Accreditation, these diaper services have demonstrated a commitment to safe laundering practices,” said RDIA Board Member, Kim Meador. “Safe and sanitary washing conditions are crucial to our industry, and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards.”

As an RDIA accredited Diaper Service, each of these businesses joins a select group of diaper services that meet rigorous standards for safety and accountability.

The Diaper Service Accreditation program was created for the safety of diaper service customers, to create industry standards, to provide marketing support, and for general business peace of mind that each service is providing a safe, sanitary and product for diaper service customers.

The Real Diaper Industry Association strives to make reusable cloth diapers the primary choice for babies’ parents and caregivers while emphasizing responsibility and sustainability through a focus on people, planet, and profit. RDIA works toward these goals by providing service and opportunities through business education, industry research, collaborative marketing, and group benefits.

The accreditation program is only available to members of the Real Diaper industry Association as a benefit of membership. Membership in RDIA not only gives cloth diaper businesses access to the accreditation program but also gives them access to other members’ cumulative knowledge of hundreds of years of diaper service operations. Join RDIA now.

Please direct additional questions and inquiries to: accreditation@realdiaperindustry.org

Why Does RDIA Emphasize Diaper Services?

Diaper Service discussion

Jennifer Moore Temple (Clean Bee Laundry) and other diaper service owners at 2010 RDIA Cloth Diaper Business Conference

Yesterday someone asked why the association puts so much emphasis on diaper services. I love this question, because the answer gets to the core of how we get things done.

In September 2009, after one year of operation, RDIA had 26 diaper service members. Most of those members joined after a heroic spring/summer effort by Jennifer Moore Temple (Clean Bee Laundry). She was a board member who took it upon herself to recruit diaper services and tell them why they needed a trade association. Jennifer wrote personal notes to diaper services all over North America. Some of you may have joined because you received one of Jennifer’s postcards. We went from 6 diaper services at 6 months to 26 diaper services at 12 months. Now, 36 months after starting, we have 76 diaper services. They are our largest category by far. We are voting on a bylaw change this year to acknowledge their numbers and need for representation.

Back to the question posed, why do we emphasize diaper services? We value diaper services, certainly, but we don’t emphasize them over any other category. Diaper service members themselves make the difference. The board representatives and many volunteers have determined that they are going to improve business conditions. They use their meeting time at the RDIA conference well. They discuss needs and plan projects around those needs.

Two years ago, they established a diaper service business group—completely on their own—to plan projects and get them started. They took project proposals to the board to get support, and they made those projects happen. They saw that our #1 inquiry over the first year was  (and still is) how to locate a diaper service, so they created a directory of diaper services and a diaper service mini website to host it. They found that potential new business owners had a lot of questions about how to start a diaper service, so they created a kit with essential information for a diaper service start-up. The kit is well worth its price tag, and the income helps support the work they and other volunteers do. Diaper service volunteers were also active on the cloth diapers in daycare project because they heard from their customers that parents need cloth diaper resources to take to childcare providers. They created a tip sheet and guide for parents.

This past year, diaper services were more ambitious. They set a goal to investigate an accreditation program for diaper services. They didn’t just investigate, though. They have created the program, and it will be launched at the conference in two weeks. They saw that customers want reassurance of safe, clean diapers, so they set standards businesses can follow to be sure their processing results in safe, clean diapers. Members have to pay to be part of the program, but they save money on testing through a group discount. Again, they saw the need, and they focused on how to meet it. They were ambitious, and their volunteers gave a lot of hours to create a professional program.

Cloth diaper industry members graphic

In two and a half years, we have seen diaper services go from a minor part of the trade association to 46% of our membership. The board of directors didn’t make a plan for this specifically. When volunteers came forward to say that they were prepared to grow their category and meet their needs, the board of directors supported them, paid for the minor expenses of the projects, and provided our administrator for support.

Members made this change. Members became volunteers, and volunteers became leaders.

If you want to witness how far diaper services have come, please attend the Diaper Service Accreditation presentation Tuesday afternoon. If you look closely, you will notice that the chair of this project was not even a diaper service member, but a very active Associate member, Kim Webb of Rockin’ Green. We don’t have to stay within boundaries on our projects. We follow our interests and skills. We are all pulling in the same direction.

If you want to see a change in emphasis within the association, make it happen! The RDIA board would love to support a transformation like this in every member category. Be the change you want to see. Step up to plan and execute projects. On Tuesday, September 28, after the annual meeting of members, members in each category will meet separately to discuss their needs as a group and their plans for the upcoming year. Do you want to talk about specific needs within your category or a project you are ready to make happen? If you want to put the focus within RDIA on your category, your project, or just on recruiting more members, you can.

Just step up and lead the change.

Diaper Service Info Site

The diaper service committee of the RDIA has been hard at work developing the content for the Cloth Diaper Service Info section, the newest component of the RDIA website.

  • We are happy to announce that the eagerly anticipated Find a Diaper Service page is live with all the members in the diaper service category of the RDIA listed. Already, over 1,000 consumers looking for a diaper service have been directed to this URL, and it is proving to be the most viewed and requested page within the RDIA site.
  • The second most popular page in the new diaper service section is the How To Start a Diaper Service Business of your own. We’ve been averaging several inquiries each week with over 100 inquiries since the site went live.
  • There is also consumer information available in the Why a Diaper Service section. We are hoping this will encourage inquiries to consider the benefits of using a diaper service.

Although websites are a work in progress, and the Cloth Diaper Service Info section is certainly no exception, the diaper service committee is pleased with this accomplishment and gearing up for the next goals that the diaper service membership identified during the 2009 annual meeting, including:

  • the development of laundry standards,
  • a marketing plan, and
  • the development of a kit addressing how to start a diaper service business of your own.

As always, we are looking for eager volunteers to join our committees and bring their expertise to the table regarding these topics. If you are from a diaper service, please consider volunteering. If you believe the adage, you get out of something what you put into it, then we’ll have 100% participation within our diaper service membership! To volunteer, contact committee chairs or write to info at realdiaperindustry dot org.

Diaper Service Business Committee Volunteers have been:

Judy Aagard (Tiny Tots Diaper Service & Baby Boutique)
Jennifer Moore Temple (Buzzie Bee Diapers)
Peter Allen (Do Good Diapers)
Dennis Frederick (All Together Diaper)
Lori Taylor (Fuzbaby and Firefly Diapers)