Category Archives: United States

“The Roots of Poverty”

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This April 15, 2013, piece found on the Huffington Post website written by Bruce Hartford, a member of the Civil Rights Movement Veterans, talks about a perspective on what the real causes of poverty may be while taking a look beneath the surface of the issue.

“Diaper Shortage in the 1940’s and Congress was to blame!”

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This piece by Kim Rosas on the “Dirty Diaper Laundry” blog talks about Congress issuing orders to ration cloth diapers, and forbidding the military from using cloth diapers to clean their weapons.  Despite the rationing Diaper services experienced a lot of growth during this time not only because of the first of the baby boomers being born, but also because women who traditionally would have been in charge of washing cloth diapers had gone to work in factories to help build planes and other items, so they had less time to be able to wash diapers.  Diaper services thrived because of the shift in the workforce based on what this blog post discusses.

“Why cloth diapers might not be the greener choice”

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This is an older piece but still offers some interesting things to consider when comparing cloth diapers to disposable diapers.  The piece was published on May 8, 2016 by and is on the Washington Post website.

The piece looks beyond the surface and delves into the production of both types of diapers particularly looking at the process of growing, harvesting and transporting cotton before it reaches the point where it is turned into cloth diapers.  It also looks at what disposable diaper companies are doing to improve the greenness of their product.  both have issues, but just in water consumption to produce 30 cloth diapers compared to I think it was 4000 disposable diapers the disposable diapers required came in at a little under half as much water as the cloth diapers before factoring in the washing of cloth diapers after they have been bought and used.  They also looked at chemicals used in the growing of the cotton and the impact it has on the environment and compared it to the impact of petroleum use/production for disposable diapers.

My Mom used cloth diapers on all 3 of us, so I am in no way anti-cloth diapers, but as someone who founded a Diaper ministry, I look at things beyond just giving the diaper to the person in need.  I try to also look at things people from both sides of the cloth vs. disposable debate are saying so I can better understand the product I’m distributing.  I watch for recalls on items I distribute, as well as weighing out cloth vs. disposable asking questions like “can my recipient wash the cloth diapers in their home?”  if not “is there a laundromat in the area they can get to that will allow them to wash them?”  if there is “how will they transport the dirty diapers to the Laundromat?”  these are just some of the many questions I ponder and research as I make decisions about what I do or don’t distribute to my recipients through my diaper ministry.

If I had kids, I would way out the logistics of maintaining cloth diapers and if I had a convenient way to wash and dry them, I would likely use them when possible, but if my situation made it impossible to have a convenient and efficient method to wash and dry cloth diapers I would likely resort to disposable some or all the time, so for me it would boil down to what would be the most efficient based on my life and what I have access to for maintaining or disposing of diapers.

Eastern Standard Time Begins in Pennsylvania

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Eastern Standard Time Begins today, November 6, 2016 in Pennsylvania

 

“This Is How Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods”

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This October 18, 2016 article and video by found on the Bustle.com website talks about the reality of what it is like to be a homeless woman trying to take care of themselves during their period with almost no money, unsheltered, and lacking access to a shower.

“EXCLUSIVE: City schools to offer free feminine hygiene products”

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This March 14, 2016 article talks about what is happening in 25 New York City Schools in an effort to aid female students in having access to feminine hygiene items while they are at school.

“A Mother’s Day Wish for Moms in Poverty”

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This article dated May 5, 2016, by Joanne Goldblum Founder and Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network.  Talks about what Mothers Day is like and what it should be for Mom’s in poverty.

American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor

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This April 4, 2016 article found on the Washington Post website talks about what is and isn’t working in the fight against poverty in the United States.

“Why the poor pay more for toilet paper — and just about everything else”

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This March 8, 2016 Washington Post article offers a more detailed look at why even toilet paper is more expensive for low-income people than it is for people with higher incomes.

“The high cost of being poor”

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This March 28, 2016 article on CBS.com talks about the multitude of fees faced by low-income people, but not incurred by those in higher income brackets.  fees range from check cashing fees to higher interest rates on loans to higher cost for a parking ticket and even more expensive toilet paper.