So the last diaper service in the Twin Cities is closing. Cheek-to-Cheek Diaper Service went out, not with a bang, but a swipe at the young parents of Minnesota. “Minnesotans are not as environmentally conscious as they pretend to be. Cloth is just as easy to use as disposable,” the owner told the Star Tribune.
How many diaper services are left in the state? Two, according to Carmen Barthel, the manager of one of them — the Small Change Diaper Service in La Crescent. “But most of our customers are from Wisconsin.”
Business is picking up for her firm, though. It’s doubled — from 13 in January to 26 now. It’s not enough to make a buck (Cheek-to-Cheek had about 6 times as many customers), but then it’s not really designed to.
The diaper service is part of the Ability Building Center, a program that provides ability training to developmentally disabled adults. It trains 80 people between two sites.
“When we first started, we had high hopes that we were going to have lots of customers, Ms. Barthel told me today, “but it just never worked out as we had hoped.”