On April 26, 2014 at 11 am, 8,459 babies with 8,459 parents set a new world record for the most babies changed into a reusable diaper at the same time. The official Guinness World Record is for the “Most people changing diapers in 24 hours (multiple venues).” It was achieved by the Great Cloth Diaper Change (USA) across 18 countries on 6 continents.
Sixteen thousand nine hundred and eighteen (16,918) babies and caregivers officially participated; most events were run by several volunteers and many featured local vendors and cloth diaper retailers and manufacturers. Add that to the on-lookers who attended the events to support friends and family, and you have tens of thousands of people attending and supporting the Great Cloth Diaper Change in 2014.
In addition to the official Guinness World Record qualifying locations, we also had many events that came together to participate but did not meet the Guinness requirements. The overall total was 270 events in 20 countries for a total of 9,770 baby/caregiver pairs coming together on one day to raise cloth diaper awareness!
This is a small sample of the way the Great Cloth Diaper Change increased awareness about cloth diapers.
First Timers at GCDC Events World-wide
The author interviewed six Great Cloth Diaper Change participants from different locations who changed their baby into a 100% reusable diaper for the first time at the 2014 event.
““Wait wait!” someone cried out, “we have a first time changer here!” Happy titters and giggles rustled through the crowd. We waited another 30 seconds for the last participant to finish changing her baby, then altogether we held our little ones high up into the air for the after photo… “
The author comes to surprising conclusions and calls for further actions from Great Cloth Diaper Change 2015 hosts at the end of the article.
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Oklahoma City Breaks New Record
This post spotlights those GCDC participants who changed a cloth diaper for the first time at the Oklahoma City event and the impact it made on the participants personally as well as the potential future impact.
“Every person I spoke with began using cloth diapers after their experience at The Great Cloth Diaper Change. That is why we volunteer our time for the event. …there will be approximately 28,000 less disposable diapers sitting in an Oklahoma City landfill for 500 years. Multiple that times the dozen plus “first timers” at our event and the potential subsequent people they will tell about their experience. Significant cannot begin to accurately describe the impact made on April 26, 2014.”
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Admiring the Grass Roots
The author, Executive Director of the Real Diaper Association, reflects on the volunteers at her local event and the hundreds of volunteers who help around the world to make The Great Cloth Diaper Change possible.
“For the last four years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with hundreds of volunteers around the world to create an annual grassroots event that highlights cloth diapering. (Just appreciate that for a moment!) This is the heart of the cloth diaper movement: parents spreading the word to other parents about how they can benefit from using cloth diapers…I left that day absolutely overwhelmed with how willing every single person was to help in whatever way they were able. If in doubt about the goodness of people, ask them to help. It’s truly humbling to see how much people will give when asked.”
To read more about this heartfelt reflection of volunteerism, visit:
The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014 re-cap and reflections
The Cloth Diaper Geek discusses the impact made when even one cloth diaper is used per day. She also discusses the importance of participation in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, how it IS making a difference and is vital to the growth of the cloth diaper industry.
“From the total newbie attendee who didn’t even own a cloth diaper yet to the seasoned veteran, each Great Cloth Diaper Change event proves one thing, cloth does matter, people do care, and we are changing the world and the future.”
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GCDC Philippines’ Guinness attempt
This blog touches on a local event held in the Philippines and notes the partnerships formed with local businesses, mommy groups, and volunteers to make the Great Cloth Diaper Change possible.
“With this activity, we hope that we have put the thought of using cloth diapers in a Filipino family’s consciousness. Every disposable diaper that remains unused and not thrown in the landfill is a step closer to a 100% cloth diapering Philippines.”
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Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014
Australia had six Great Cloth Diaper Change event locations. This blog focuses on the local event in Melbourne and has a heartwarming video attached. My favorite part of the video (besides the adorable babies) is seeing why families in Melbourne are choosing reusable diapers.
“It was a great day, and we want to thank all the parents who made the effort to come along…”
To read about the Melbourne event and view the video:
Phillip Island GCDC 2014
Not every location qualified for the Guinness World Record total, but every location counts, and every location made a big difference to raise awareness for reusable diapers. This video from Phillip Island Australia highlights the 24 families who made a difference and the local businesses and volunteers who made the event possible.
“Even the dolls said goodbye to their disposable…”
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More News Coverage from Around the World
Many events received coverage in their local news outlets – both in print and on TV. For a sampling of that coverage, visit the Great Cloth Diaper Change press page.
Looking ahead to 2015
Save the date! Next year’s Great Cloth Diaper Change — the 5th annual GCDC — will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Join the mailing list on the webpage to receive event information when it becomes available.
- Elizabeth Pilgrim, RDA Board member, GCDC Organizing Committee member, Cloth Diaper Oklahoma Circle Leader, and owner of The Changing Table