Refuz diapers are now a thing of the past, a mention in cloth diaper history. But let me tell you a story: long ago, when clothing was worn and holey but not quite ready to be rags, we would divert it into a new life as our shockingly bright and beautiful refuz. The original elemental diapers.
Why a thing of the past?
First, we were producing so many Refuz diapers that it took more time sourcing the materials than it was ever worth. I priced out the fabric costs, and it cost less to dye our own organic cotton.
Second, the materials were all 100% cotton T-shirts, but the fabrics were so different that they wore unpredictably.
Finally, I wasn’t just using stained or holey T-shirts. After I cleaned out the unwearable shirts from five local Goodwill stores, I reconsidered the idea of taking good, perfectly wearable shirts away from the people who should be wearing them.
Low-impact dyed organic cotton elemental diapers replaced Refuz, but we still remember them fondly.
Setting: My Green Yard
Wow, the photo above got a lot of comments over many years. Thank you, Marc! This pachysandra in my backyard was such a perfect diaper backdrop–always green and ready unless it was under 4′ of snow–that we used it often. This photo is probably the catalyst to my thinking about a Diaper Garden.
More Refuz Diapers:
- Air: yellow, gold, tan, chartreuse, light peach.
- Fire: red, fuchsia, orange, brick, pink, berry, coral, fire engine.
- Water: blue, purple, green, teal, violet, lavender, turquoise, aqua.
- Earth: green, brown, terracotta, tan, leaf green, forest green, olive.
See also our Recycled Fiber Resources.
Other Gallery pages:
- Diaper Garden, a limited edition monthly collection of seasonal cloth diapers, covers, toys, and extras
- Auctions & Donations, one of a kind diapers and covers, including a Polar bear coat, awards, & cards
- Elemental Diapers, organic cotton hand painted and hand printed by Fuzbaby
- Early Cloth Diapers, before we settled into dying and printing our own fabrics