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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Want to be part of a world record?

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is out to set a world record! Here is the interview I did with Kimberly Webb - CEO, Rockin' Green, LLC about the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

1. What is the Great Cloth Diaper Change?

It all started with Judy Aagard’s desire to celebrate Earth Day by hosting a family event for the Tiny Tots community and quickly morphed into a dream to set the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.

Shortly thereafter, The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011 was conceived and organized by a small group of cloth diaper enthusiasts that were eager to show North America that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families.

2. Is this the first year?

Yes, and we have been blown away by the response! This has gone from idea to pretty big in a very short amount of time—the cloth diapering community is amazing.

3. What is the goal of GCDC?

The initial plan was to develop an infrastructure for any cloth diapering fan in North America to be able to get involved in, either as a participant or an organizer. Word quickly traveled across the oceans and it was soon evident that cloth diapering has a formidable following not just in North America but around the world. Currently, several countries will be hosting locations to help set the World Record, even though for some it will mean getting up in the middle of the night to do so.

4. Is this going to be a yearly event?

Absolutely, we are already talking about next year’s event.

5. How many groups/cities are participating?

Currently, there are 216 groups that are hosting events, and we are growing every day. We have over 2,500 fans on Facebook now too.

6. How many diapers do you hope will be changed?

Right now we are looking at changing over 5,500 diapers for the event; we anticipate that number to double by the time the event rolls around.

7. Where would someone go to get info to be a participant?

8. Where would someone go to find a location near them?

On our website we have a “find a location” map where participants can find the location closest to them. They can then contact the host to RSVP and get additional information.

9. Are there any fees associated with this event?

It’s absolutely free. Hosts in the U.S. and Canada will be collecting $1 (or more) from each participant to go to the Real Diaper Association to continue cloth diaper awareness and education efforts beyond this event. The RDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so donations (at the local events or on the GCDC website) can be tax-deductible.

10. What do you hope comes from this event?

Awareness. The cloth diapering community is much larger than people think, and it’s time that we get noticed. And the world record bragging rights aren’t bad either.

11. Can non-cloth diapering families still participate? If so what would they have to do so they could participate?

Anyone can participate; the only requirement is that they change their baby into a cloth diaper at the event. Many hosts will have diapers available at the location for just such an event.

12. Do you think this event will help the cloth diapering movement? Bring more awareness?

We have already seen the effects just in the few short weeks that the website has been launched. Cloth diaper enthusiasts all over the country are blogging, tweeting and facebooking about the event. We have seen cloth diaper stores forming coalitions with other stores in the area, to help further the cloth diaper movement. 10 years ago, this would have taken years to put together but thanks to the power of social media we have been able to get the message out much quicker and to a much larger audience.

13. Is there anything you would like to add that I might of forgot?

One thing I think is really amazing about the Great Cloth Diaper Change is that it’s a “non partisan" event. No brand names used. All money generated will go to a nonprofit that will only help to propel the cloth movement. It’s really all about the diapers.

A big thanks to Kimberly Webb for taking the time to answer my questions. If you would like to learn more please visit The Great Cloth Diaper Change facebook page.

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