The “Honest” Company, maker of highly popular, biodegradable, and adorable disposable diapers and other products, has made me angry. So angry, in fact, that I am boycotting their company, starting today. Author Bunmi Laditan, creator of the incredibly wonderful Honest Toddler twitter feed and blog and book, The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting, feels persecuted by The Honest Company. I have looked at both sides, and I call bullshit on The Honest Company’s behavior: I agree with Laditan. I am a writer, too. I hope to write a book one day. I am a mother who writes about her child. I used to be an English teacher. I do not believe that a big company has the right to demand that Laditan stop using the adjective “honest,” let alone throw around lots of money and lawyers in their attempts to take the Honest Toddler name from her and even call her names. I hope that you, too, can see the irony in the fact that The Honest Toddler is not the party throwing tantrums. You can read Laditan’s version of the timeline of events, here. I refuse to even dignify the HC’s “response” by linking to it.
I am switching from Honest Company disposables to cloth diapers immediately after we move to our new apartment, next week. I had intended to make the transition more slowly, spending less money over more time. I was a huge fan of HC products, and subscription home deliveries make up the majority of their business model. I could go to their site and, free from anxiety about the harmful ingredients most big companies use in baby products, purchase anything from shampoo to dish soap to hand sanitizer to, yes, diapers. These diapers have cute prints on them, and they biodegrade. I can put them in biodegradable bin liners and feel less guilt about adding to landfills. No laundry and little guilt? That was nice. Then, they went and threw their tantrums and even tried to take career opportunities away from a mom and writer by writing to the producer who optioned the rights to her book. I now feel guilt and anger about buying anything from the HC. And so, we will use up what we have, and then, no more.
I have wanted to use cloth diapers in our family since I first encountered modern, easy-to-use, adorable brands while babysitting. We are moving into an apartment with its own washer and dryer. I am beyond excited about having non-coin-operated machines right in our own home! I was already planning to switch to cloth. It will probably be a bit tricky to do that all at once. I will go so far as to buy non-earth-friendly, big-name disposables, if we run into any snags. I will use faux-green, not-really-natural diapers that claim to be good for the earth (but they’re not) rather than buy anything else from The Honest Company. In fact, I’ll go further than that: I would rather hand wash poop out of cloth, should our washing machine break.
I am treating others the way I would like to be treated. Should I ever achieve success as a writer, I would want this kind of support. I am, therefore, putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak. For once, I am glad that an internet company forces customers to actually call them on the phone (this makes zero sense to me) in order to cancel a subscription; I can tell them directly that they have lost my business because of their absurd behavior. And, in case you’re wondering, The Honest Toddler did not ask me do this or write about it. This is all me.
Hours after I published this, The Honest Company released the following statement–
“For the past several weeks, you may have watched an unwanted situation unfold between The Honest Company & The Honest Toddler. We have now arrived at an amicable agreement which protects both of our respective business interests today and in the future. We want to thank our communities for your unwavering support and look forward to moving forward and doing what we each do best.”
When I called to cancel my subscription (which I did, now having enough cloth diapers), the customer service employee said she understood my reason for canceling, asked me to hold a minute, and then informed me that this would be announced later today! I’m glad there will be no more fighting. For her part, Honest Toddler had this to say–
“Yeah what they said!
Thank you thank you thank you to all of you for your support! Wish I could give you all some red drink and intact crunchy snacks but you know how I feel about sharing. ♥”
There are definitely worse companies out there. I’m still not a fan, and I’d like to see an apology for some of the more ridiculous behavior. But I’ll settle for a nice, amicable The End!