China Cloth Diapers: Manufacturing and Rebranding
*Post Updated 7/2013*
Lately, I’ve been hearing lots of talk about cloth diapers that are manufactured in China. It’s not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion, but there’s lots of disagreement out there on the topic! Here are some pros and cons that I came up with (some things fall into both categories depending on your prospective):
Pros of Made in China Cloth Diapers:
- Bulk ordering (all for yourself or split up with friends)
- Nice stash builder
- Average quality
- Wide range of colors and prints
Cons of Made in China Cloth Diapers:
- Slow shipping
- Often no tracking numbers on packages
- Language barriers
- Lower quality
- The unknown: fair/safe labor practices, manufacturing processes, etc.
Any more that should be added?
Brands Made in China:
Kawaii Baby (the company is located in Canada, but their factory is in China)
Rebranded China Cloth Diapers:
Now, here’s where things start to get confusing. Some Chinese diaper manufactures allow other diaper companies to buy and label their diapers as their own. This practice is called “rebranding” and is completely legal, and in my opinion, not such a bad thing, except when there’s no disclosure! While the diapers do cost a little more, you’re getting them from a US or Canadian company where shipping is faster and more secure.
These are the US/CAN companies that are rumored to be rebranded Chinese Diapers:
*Please remember that this list isn’t confirmed. It’s just my observations and research through the inter-webs :). I may be wrong.*
GoGreen Diapers (only their Mud Butt for Go Green is made by a WAHM in the US)
Jungle Roos (only their fitted diapers are made by a WAHM in the US)
Awesome Blossom (only their fitted diapers and trainers are made by a WAHM in the US)
Lotus Bumz (only their fitted diapers and covers are made by a WAHM in the US)
Glow Bug Cloth Diapers (Made in China but the company says it’s their own design)
Love and Stuff (their pocket diapers)
Sweet Pea Diapers (Made in China for sure, but I’m not clear as to whether it’s a rebranded Alva.)
I have several of these diapers in my stash and love them, so I’m in no way saying you shouldn’t buy them. Even though they may be rebranded, they’ve all been tweaked, so each company offeres a diaper that’s a little different and it may just be the diaper you come to love! The information above is just to help you make an informed decision before you buy, whether you want a cloth diaper made in China or not. It’s up to you! I just don’t want any of you to think you’re getting a unique WAHM design, when in fact it’s a Chinese diaper with a new label and a higher price. Just be aware of what you’re buying!