GCDC PH 2015
The community of cloth diapering parents had been busy this Saturday with the successful staging of the Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) in the Philippines. The GCDC is a worldwide annual event organized by the Real Diapers Association. The worldwide activity is currently on its 5th year. It is the Philippines’ 3rd time to participate. We did not qualify the first time, but last year, we were among the Top Ten locations, with 88 babies changed.
Fluffy Pwets Cloth Diapers and the Modern Cloth Nappying Pinays hosted the event held in Montgomery Place Clubhouse, which churned out an official count of 92 babies changed into a cloth diaper. (101 babies actually arrived, but the rules of the RDA are strict about counting and documentation requirements, and those who were not in the changing area at exactly 11 am were unfortunately not counted.)
Participants are mostly mommies, who met each other online. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, as people excitedly went about recognizing each other by their Facebook profile photos, with some recognizing the babies more than the moms (yes, most moms use their kids as profile pics!). Also noteworthy is the support of cloth diapering dads. I know some of them even help with the diaper laundry (yay!).
Participants were treated to story telling by the Adarna House, and a play area and parachute activity for kids courtesy of Gymboree.
Everyone got loot bags filled to the brim with baked lactation goodies from Mama Chows and lactation mixes from Mother Nurture. More than 80 prizes were raffled, including 2 breast pumps from Baby Mama.
Everyone got souvenir shirts for their kids, courtesy of Graphic8, Gift certificates from Gymboree, snacks from Pan de Manila, and sandos from Caprichosa. Finally, our event would not have pushed through without the very valuable support of The Green Company, Jump Digital Asia, and Cycles. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support! All photos from the Quezon City event are by Kaizer Photography.
Why use cloth diapers?
The goal of the worldwide effort is to increase awareness of the benefits of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are a good alternative to disposable diapers because of three reasons:
- Healthy: Cloth diapers are breathable and contain no harmful chemicals; hence, no diaper rashes!
- Economical: Use of disposables for 4 years (average time for babies to be potty trained) will cost about P200,000 at the minimum.
- Environment-friendly: Disposable diapers don’t decompose for 250-500 years. It is estimated that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are disposed every year in the United States alone. All of these end up in a landfill.
- Bonus! Cloth diaper prints are fun and fashionable!
GCDCPH2015 story picked up by national media!
With making cloth diapering mainstream as the goal, the organizers and participants are thrilled to have national media witness and report about the event.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer put our event on its front page today! Love how writer Nastasha Verayo captured the “palpable sense of community” among the moms, despite the chaos brought about by the huge number of kids in one place. Attendees are both new and veteran cloth diapering parents who have bonded through an online community sharing the same passions.
Total official count for the Philippines: 232
Cloth Diaper Addicts PH held another GCDC event at the Mall of Asia, and had 99 babies, bringing the total Philippine count to 232!
Next year ulit!
(Note: Worldwide official numbers are yet to come in.)