Back in 2005 when bumGenius was created, the first production lines were established in a small cut & sew factory in Denver, Colorado. When they started, 7 people were working on making our diapers. Today, hundreds of people work together to make the brands you now see coming from Cotton Babies.
The Denver production lines been constantly operational since December of 2005.
Fun Fact: The first bumGenius pocket diaper was released on December 21, 2005.
A few years later, we built a factory in Alexandria, Egypt that was designed to support the needs of the international market. Friends living in Egypt managed that facility for us as it grew. During this time, Flip and Econobum were launched to the cloth diaper market.
The Denver factory continued to make products for the United States. The Egypt factory made pieces primarily for the other half of the world. Other than manufacturing location, there was no material difference in the products. Both factories made diapers using materials we provided to them, purchased from the same component suppliers.
In 2011, when the Arab Spring started in Egypt and Hosni Mubarek stepped down, it was time to permanently exit the Egypt factory. We weren’t able to safely visit the factory anymore and export conditions were uncertain.
At the end of 2011, all of the production volume that was being handled in Egypt for bumGenius, Flip and Econobum was moved to the factory in Denver, Colorado.
In 2012, the factory in Denver upgraded to a larger facility and staffed up. The transition created over 100 new jobs in the Denver area.
In 2015, Cotton Babies began the process of establishing a factory in St. Louis to help reduce transportation costs and increase efficiencies with our manufacturing process.
Today, Cotton Babies has nearly all of our manufacturing in the United States. Your bumGenius Pocket Diapers, bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius Elemental, Flip Diaper Covers, Flip Organic Inserts, Econobum Diaper Covers, Hemp Babies products, and almost of our accessories are cut and sewn by American workers in the United States.
We’re proud to have a strong team, and enjoy working together with our manufacturers, retailers, and distributors to grow the cloth diaper industry worldwide.