Natural Fiber Articles
We provide natural fiber articles to help you understand what baby gear and cloth diapers are made of and how those fibers work for your baby. Knowing the details helps you make informed choices when choosing fibers for your baby.
Wool Science of Cloth Diaper Covers by Marc Pehkonen
Wool keeps sheep dry. Why? Wool’s structure produces an elegant combination of water repellence, breathability and moisture absorbency. Wool can keep baby dry, too. Some of the properties of wool and sources for wool diaper cover patterns or ready-made wool covers from family-owned businesses.
Cloth Diapering and Wastewater Treatment by Marc Pehkonen
Cloth diapering is an activity with interesting implications for how we deal with waste, and in particular human waste, both personally and as a society. We can choose: are our wastes out of sight, out of mind? or do they connect us to natural cycles? Don’t just avoid putting 4,000 – 6,000 disposable diapers into the waste stream, return nutrients to the land.
Why Do Natural Fibers Absorb? by Marc Pehkonen
Hemp and organic cotton both make great diapers. And wool makes great diaper covers. These fibers are beautiful not only in the world of seeing and touching the fabric but in the microscopic world. Illustrated with images from a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
You Can’t Duplicate Natural Fibers by Marc Pehkonen
There are good reasons to choose natural rather than synthetic fibers when an absorbent material is required. Some highly-engineered fibers attempt to mimic the properties of natural fibers, but why bother? Natural fibers are already highly absorbent and have other beneficial properties that cannot be simulated in a laboratory.
Artificial Materials in Cloth Diapering, by Marc Pehkonen and Lori Taylor
Any parent who is concerned about plastics next to their baby wants to know if synthetic materials are safe for cloth diapers. Want to know more about Polyester, Polyurethane Laminate (PUL), Vinyl and Polyvinyl Chloride, Durable Water Repellant Finish (DWR)? Let’s look at the science.
Small Business Articles
Smallering: A New Business Model by Lori Taylor
Fuzbaby is a limited growth company committed to Smallering. What’s that? Using sustainable materials, making shorter chains between producers of natural resources and end-users, paying fair wages, making local connections, advocating responsible consumption, including children in the process, and more. We found our inspiration in reading to our children from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
The Work at Home Mother’s Business Plan 101 by Lori Taylor
Women working at home may not need the kind of detailed business plan as a large corporation, but it helps to know where she’s starting and where she wants to go. Business Plan 101 starts at the beginning: YOU! By knowing yourself, you will have a better idea where you want to go and how you will get there. Your business plan is your map.
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