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Earth Day Can Be Every Day With Cloth Diapers

Mar 11, 2008

BRADLEY, WV -- Earth Day can be every day, believes Lisa Adkins, owner of Drybees Cloth Diapers and Wahmies, using something as simple as cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers are stylish, can save parents hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars and are kind to Mother Earth.

"Cloth diapers are as easy as disposables but much more attractive and can be reused on multiple children," Adkins said. "It is amazing how light your trash can become every week just by switching to reusable cloth diapers."

Once a family is done using cloth diapers, they can be resold and much of the initial investment returned.

Disposable diapers, on the other hand, take an estimated 250-500 years to decompose, according to advocacy group Real Diaper Association, and are the third largest single consumer item in landfills.

DryBees and Wahmies user Aprile Willis of Beaver, WV, said the ease of use of cloth diapers and not needing to go to the local store for a weekly disposable diaper run is wonderful.

"I can't think of a better way to give going green a chance than adding super cute and soft cloth diapers to my baby's wardrobe," Willis said. "They're just so cute and I feel better about my small contributions to a greener Earth and my son likes his contributions to a rash-free heinie. Once I started putting him in cloth, I knew I was never going back to disposables."

Adkins is helping keep thousands of other babies out of disposable diapers as well -- she manufactures cloth diapers and accessories under the DryBees and Wahmies lines and wholesales them to hundreds of retailers spread across the globe.

She started cloth diapering with traditional prefold diapers and hated them. She continued modifying the prefolds until she came up with a diaper that fit well - and one she decided to start selling as a hobby.

"I started DryBees with five yards of fabric, five yards of Velcro, my $100 sewing machine from Wal-Mart and the thought that if this didn't work then I could re-sell the fabric on Ebay," said Adkins, who continues to work full-time as a speech language pathologist in her local school system.

In 2005, Adkins purchased Wahmies - a play on an abbreviation for work-at-home moms - to complement her growing business.

Since then, she has continued to expand with new products and spread the message that cloth diapering is good for the wallet and good for the planet. Local residents may recognize Adkins from fairs she attends and from billboards in and around the Beckley area. She teaches people that cloth isn't that tricky to use and they are not the old-fashioned cloth diapers their parents may have used on them.

"One of the biggest questions I get is how to deal with the bowel movements and this question always surprises me," Adkins said. "If you look on a package of disposable diapers, it clearly says that you are to deposit the solid waste into a commode. It is illegal to dispose of human feces in a landfill and it is time that disposable diaper users stop polluting the landfills with human waste when the instructions clearly say not to wrap up the feces and throw them away. So my answer is, dispose of the bowel movements the same way you do with a disposable."

Information from a study done by Carl Lehrburger supports this - and notes that less than one-half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers actually winds up in the sewer system, according to the Real Diaper Association.

Fellow Bradley resident Erica Street, who is amazed at how easy cloth diapers are, finds them to be environmentally friendly in several ways.

"We switched over to the world of cloth when we went from two incomes to one. It was incredibly helpful to not have to run out every few days to buy a pack of diapers that cost almost as much as a half of a tank of gas," Street said. "I am expecting a daughter in the spring and I am so relieved that I can reuse the diapers my son has outgrown and I won't have to worry about going out and purchasing any other diapers. Not only has cloth diapering saved us a pile of money, but I no longer have to worry about the chemical exposure and long term effects that disposables had on my son. I can rest assured I'm wrapping my baby's bum in nothing but the best and know that he will be healthier because of it. I also feel better about using cloth so I no longer contaminate our landfills with diapers that will sit there and rot for years to come."

Adkins, meanwhile, finds modern cloth diapering completely revolutionized and she has some advice for potential cloth diaper users:

"If you are worried about spending a lot on cloth diapers, buy two. This will give you the practice of using a cloth diaper and then changing to a new one. After this exercise you will see it is easy and want to continue."

For more information, contact Adkins at: 877-890-7071 or e-mail her at:

Or visit her informational Web sites to find an online retailer at or

Keywords: earth day, cloth diapers, going green  Parenting » Children and Youth

Contact Info
  • DryBees Cloth Diapers and Wahmies
  • Lisa Adkins
  • 304-890-7071