I’d heard of the investment that new parents have to make in disposable diapers but until I became a father I didn’t realize just how costly it was. In my head I calculated a certain cost over a certain amount of time but little did I realize that my daughter had other ideas. Her diaper would be wet, so I’d change it. In the process of changing it her little sprinkler would go off and soak the new diaper I was putting on her (and everything around it). I’d change it again and then a minute later I’d smell the unmistakable aroma of poop. And so on.
We take it for granted in our society that we can just plop down another 50 bucks and get a brand new set of diapers that we can toss out with the trash. And when we need to go ourselves, we go and then we flush it away, sight unseen.
But there are still a lot of places in the world where this is just a fantasy. Each year, over 2 million people die from disease caused by fecal matter, including dysentery, cholera, typhus fever, typhoid, and diarrhea. And tragically, this is one of the leading killers of children under age 5.
Michael Wahl saw this problem. He was doing volunteer work in Haiti building latrines. But then he realized that while this was helping solve the problem for adults, there were babies everywhere who were naked and whose fecal matter was ending up all over.
His solution was to find a reusable diaper that was comfortable in hot climates, but was also washable, reusable, absorbent, and quick to dry. But he couldn’t find anything like this on the market. So he invented it. The DriButts Diaper.
It’s a brilliant solution that consists of a dri-wick outer shell and inside an absorbent, breathable material made from bamboo material and other fabrics that are soft and anti-bacterial.
It’s comfortable for children even in hot climates, and it’s easy to clean and dry. In addition to providing these diapers to thousands of mothers and babies in need, DriButts also provides them with education on how to properly use the diapers, how to properly dispose of human waste, how to clean the diapers, and how it will help them and their communities combat disease.
This is one of those products that you can’t buy for yourself, because quite simply, you don’t need it. But buying just two for a needy family at a cost of less than a box of disposable diapers can change their lives, all the way from infancy to potty training.
Dributts also accepts donations and volunteers to help with this amazing work. Check them out at their Web site.