Lead in Water Crisis


Lead in Water Crisis

The Real Diaper Association is deeply saddened by the ‪#‎FlintWaterCrisis‬ in Michigan where the water has been tainted with lead. After seeing a post from a mother, questioning if it was safe to use their cloth diapers, the RDA quickly took action to see how we could help. I reached out to my friend Tamara Rubin, founder of the Lead Safe America Foundation, to see what we could do. 

 We are asking families to bring diapers they believe are contaminated with lead to Tamara's film screening, so that she can test the diapers with her XRF lead testing gun. The film being screened is "MISLEAD America's Secret Epidemic". I have been lucky enough to see a screening myself and it is imperative that families learn about the dangers of lead exposure - espeically to young children. 

 

Location: Flint Institute of Art at 7 pm, 1120 East Kearsly Street, Flint Michigan 

Monday January 25th, 2016 at 7PM

It's FREE and open to the public and the theater has 300 seats! Doors open at 6:45 pm

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-engagement-preview-screening-of-mislead-in-flint-michigan-tickets-21013369554

Free lead test kits and water testing kits will be available on a first come first serve basis.

  

We are also asking cloth diapering families that have lead poisoned children currently eliminating lead (with clean water) to attend the event and bring their diapers for testing as well. Please comment on the event page if you will be bringing diapers for testing and which circumstance you fall under. We want to do everything we can to make sure you have safe diapers for your children. 

  Please see LeadSafeAmerica.org for further information on how Lead Safe America will be helping the families of the #FlintWaterCrisis.

  Here is what we know. We need your diapers tested to see if there is, in fact, lead remaining on the diapers after washing.

  The diapers in question are either:

  A) Diapers washed in lead contaminated water or

  B) Diapers contaminated with lead from babies currently eliminateing lead from a previous lead poisoning

  If the diapers do have residual lead in them, they are not safe for use until the lead is removed.

  How do you remove lead from diapers? This is a great question. We reached out to Mr. Steven Tinker Senior Vice President Research & Development, Marketing Gurtler Industries, Inc., a laundry science expert, for his advice. The following is his response:

  "Lead can be 'isolated' in water by a chemical process (called chelation) in which specific chemicals will react with the Lead, keep it soluble, preventing it from precipitating, so that the Lead can be rinsed away, rather than precipitate (react with other chemicals and form a solid) that will adhere to the fabric.

  EDTA is a well known lead chelant.
 
  ... I would suggest that you instruct your contacts to search for a consumer water softening additive that contains EDTA. ..."
 
  Unfortunataly, we have not yet been able to find a confirmed consumer product that contains EDTA. We are still researching other ways that we may be able to help. Please reach out to us at the Real Diaper Association with questions and testing results from Monday's film screening and diaper testing at: info at realdiaperassociation dot com.

  Here are some RDA blog posts that will help if you find yourself in need of new diapers:

  USING CLOTH DIAPERS ON A BUDGET

  CLOTH DIAPER BANKS - HELPING FAMILIES IN NEED GET STARTED 

  What can you do?

  Share this post so that more families in Michigan will know about their resources and the film screening!

 

  Our thoughts are with you. Everyone deserves clean water and every baby deserves toxin free diapers.

  With love,

  Janice & the entire Real Diaper Association Board of Directors

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