A Clean, Green Diaper Service
It’s easy for families to be green with Anthony Ing’s Dolphin Diaper Service.
“Some customers have reused us if they have a new baby,” he says. “A couple of them have said, ‘Wow, I’m glad your still in business. It’s good to see you’re still going.’”
Ing’s Web site notes that disposable diapers take 500 years to decompose, whereas cotton diapers take six months - and they’re reusable.
A couple of weeks before the baby arrives, Ing delivers a diaper pail, explains how to use the cloth diapers, deodorant disks and diaper covers. When baby comes, and they start using the diapers, he collects the used diapers, counts them and has them commercially washed.
“Because babies have sensitive skin, no chlorine bleach is used, which prevents rashes from harsh chemicals,” says Ing. “There is a quadruple boiling process that uses an alkaline-based solution with enzymes that destroys bacteria.”
Most people find out about the service online, and fliers are distributed to new parents at hospitals.
“I’m green myself,” explains Ing about one reason he got into the business. “Living in Hawaii and being part Hawaiian, I see our landfills will fill up really quickly. This is one of the small things we are hitting directly at the root. It adds less to the landfill, and it can be used more than once.”
The business began in 1990, and Ing took it over in 2007.
“I wanted to see what I could do with the business to expand it, seeing how there is a green
movement,” says Ing, a Kaimuki High School graduate and BYU-Hawaii international business management major. “The growth potential was there as it came with established clientele and inventory all set up. The green view is swinging back around.”
Delivery is once a week, and he hopes to expand the business so that he can deliver more often. He says he’s looking forward to someday getting a new delivery truck, adding more earth-friendly diapers and, of course, getting the word out about Dolphin Diaper Service.
For more information, call 261-4775 or log on to www.dolphindiaperservice.com.
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