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New Hook & Loop

We spent the majority of this year in quest of a hook & loop that has a longer life cycle and is stronger than what is currently available on the market. We have found what we believe to be the strongest and most durable hook and loop on the market – making the convenience of this closure option even more attractive.

We have increased the size of the bullets in order to provide additional surface area for improved hold. While we were at it, we also increased the size of the laundry tab to ensure that the hook doesn’t detach during the wash cycle and get caught on other garments in the wash, resulting in broken hooks and decreased performance.  The increased size will yield improvement in the following areas.

 

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Color Consolidation

The fabulous colors and prints from the Duo Line (Duo All In One, Duo Fab Fitted, Duo Wrap) are going to be carried over to the Diaper Cover Line. All of the current colors from the Diaper Cover line will be discontinued with the exception of two of the favorites; aqua and celery – which will carry on in both lines. Making all colors and prints available in all lines will enable us to introduce new prints more frequently, thereby keeping your Thirsties line-up fresh and new. We will not be adding any new colors to the Duo Fab Fitted Line.

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We hope you love the new changes!

 

 

No doubt, many of you reading this are residents of Colorado since Thirsties is based out of Loveland, Colorado. And for those of you who aren’t in Colorado, you’ve most likely seen on the news the massive flooding that’s been taking place in Boulder (where I live), Lyons (where I have many friends) Loveland, Longmont, Denver and so any other small cities and towns.

Here in Boulder we don’t get a lot of rain–when faced with buying another umbrella or raincoats and boots for my three children, it often seems like a waste of money. The kids might get to use them once or twice and then by the time they need them again in 6 months, they’ve outgrown them already. Imagine our surprise last Monday when it started to rain and didn’t stop.

After the first two days of heavy rain, there was an initial flash flood warning that I took about as seriously as the TV weatherman telling us we might get rain. “Yeah, right. I’ll believe that when I see it.” Too many times a forecast of rain and even dark ominous clouds and flashes of lightening only bring enough rain to make a polka-dot pattern on the sidewalks. But after a few days when the rain was showing no signs of stopping and we could see our small neighborhood creeks rising, the threat of an actual flash flood seemed much more real.

Wednesday night, my oldest, a second grader at Horizons K-8 in Boulder, arrived back safely from a two night sleepover at the Keystone Science School with her class. I remember it was raining at pick-up time and I asked if she had gotten wet in Keystone. “At little,” she replied, admitting that splashing in the puddles had been her favorite activity during the field trip.

That night, the rain fell even harder, reminding me of my home state of Vermont where this kind of rain is a common occurrence. However, the soil there is able to soak up excess water much more so than the hard, compacted soil and clay here in Colorado–imagine dripping water onto a hard, dry sponge as opposed to a sponge that’s already damp. At eight p.m. I got my first text message alert that read “Severe Alert: Flash Flood Warning in this area til 10:45 p.m. Avoid flood areas. Check local media. –NWS (National Weather Service).” At 11:17 that night I got a second Flash Flood Alert and by midnight, our power was out. A few hours later, I got an email saying that all schools in the Boulder area were closed due to imminent flooding. “Uh oh,” I thought, “this is not good.”

The next morning without power, we had very little idea of what was going on in our city and state. My cell phone could still access the internet and make calls which meant I could get a little information about the outside world. In fact, I got most of my information from my parents in Florida who were watching the flood coverage on the news and then passing it on to me. Finally by mid-afternoon, our power was back on…but the worst of the storm was yet to come.

The steady, pounding rain continued for the rest of the afternoon and all that night. The creeks around our house became frothy, brown swirling monsters that spread angrily, far from the narrow creek beds in which they usually ran. We watched the news helplessly, wondering how our friends in surrounding areas were doing, most especially in the small town of Lyons, Colorado where we have a relative who has a beautiful organic farm with goats, chickens, a llama and a bunny. We had seen on the news that Lyons had been absolutely devastated but we couldn’t get in touch with anyone who would know how Betsy was or if her farm had been lost.

On Friday, the process of evacuating residents by helicopter began…every road in and out of Lyons was destroyed by water, washed away, houses were demolished and splintered into unrecognizable chunks of debris and were left churning in a muddy soup. Older students from my daughter’s school were stuck above Jamestown on another outdoor education field trip. The reports were that they were safe and dry but that every road leading to them had been washed away. Their worried parents reached out to each other on Facebook, comforting each other with the idea that the kids were safe, yet struggling with the fierce parental instinct that makes us want to keep each one of our chicks tucked firmly under a wing while we hunker down in the same warm nest and wait out the storm together. The kids from our school, along with students from a few other schools, were rescued by helicopter a few days later. Even today, the sound of choppers going back and forth overhead reminds me that the rescues are still happening. There are still people cut off from the rest of the world and waiting for help.

I’m happy to report that our house, being on just enough of a rise, was completely untouched and the folks at Thirsties in Loveland are also okay.

As this natural disaster of historic proportions has unfolded, stories of survival and narrow escapes are mixed with those of loss of life and property. Social media has made me aware of a young couple from Lyons named Meg and Micah who have a 22 month old daughter and 3 month old twin boys. They evacuated the town in the nick of time, with only the clothes they were wearing. They lost everything. The last time their house was seen it was under five feet of water. I simply cannot wrap my mind around the desperation of their situation and yet, their community and a new community of concerned strangers touched by their story, are already reaching out to help. There is also the woman whose due date was right on or around the day the flooding began. She was rescued on Friday by helicopter and her water broke later that night.

While the worst of our suffering was in the form of cabin fever from having four days off from school, my heart aches for those who have been  rendered homeless or worse. I’m looking for ways to help, particularly those with children and pets. How about you? Were you affected by Colorado’s flooding? And what are you doing to help your neighbors?

We all have dirty diapers, now Thirsties has a better solution to keep them under wraps! We’re excited to introduce our new line of wet bags and pail liners in several of our popular solids and prints to add to your array of Thirsties products.

Wet Bag

Features and Benefits:

• Waterproof PUL and fully-taped waterproof seams keep messes and moisture sealed within.

• Cute, color-coordinated snap handle can be used to hang or wrap wet bag for compact storage in your diaper bag.

• Can easily fit up to 8 diapers and inserts.

• The matching zipper seals the bag and keeps odors at bay.

• Now available in your favorite Thirsties prints and solids.

 

Diaper Pail Liner

Features and Benefits:

• Elastic opening provides a snug fit on most diaper pails up to 54 quarts.

• Waterproof PUL and fully-taped waterproof seams prevent leaking and wicking and keep moisture out of your diaper pail.

• Sewn-in closure strap keeps odors in when liner is not in a diaper pail.

• Now available in your favorite Thirsties colors.

We hope you love the new products!  Please visit our retailer locator to find a store near you.

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Be sure to get your entries in as the final days are approaching for the Thirsties Made in the USA Sweepstakes The Sweepstakes ends midnight, PST, July 19th, 2013.

We are very proud of the fact that all Thirsties products are USA-made by a group of very talented women, many of whom work in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. With your support, we are able to employ more staff each year, helping to support more families in our local community. We are committed to fair and sustainable labor practices, providing people in our own communities with jobs, and helping local economies.

To celebrate the Fourth of July we are offering you the opportunity to win fabulous prize! The winner gets to choose $300 worth of Thirsties cloth diapering products!

To enter the Thirsties Made in the USA Giveaway please visit our Facebook page and click on the ‘Enter Sweepstakes’ tab. You can enter everyday, receive extra entries by sharing the giveaway and by tweeting!

If you don’t have a facebook account you can enter by letting us know your full name and email address and that you would like to enter the sweepstakes by contacting us here: Contact Us

Again, Thirsties truly thanks you for your continued support of our USA-Made company!

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Thirsties is pleased to announce the Thirsties Made in the USA Sweepstakes. We are very proud of the fact that all Thirsties products are USA-made by a group of very talented women, many of whom work in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. With your support, we are able to employ more staff each year, helping to support more families in our local community. We are committed to fair and sustainable labor practices, providing people in our own communities with jobs, and helping local economies.

To celebrate the Fourth of July we are offering you the opportunity to win fabulous prize! The winner gets to choose $300 worth of Thirsties cloth diapering products!

To enter the Thirsties Made in the USA Giveaway please visit our Facebook page and click on the ’Enter Sweepstakes’ tab.  You can enter everyday, receive extra entries by sharing the giveaway and by tweeting!

Again, Thirsties truly thanks you for your continued support of our USA-Made company!

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Thirsties and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.
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