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What’s in a Name Like Maathai?
February 14, 2017 12:18 pm | by

Truly Genius Tuesday has returned! Since today is Valentine’s Day, which is traditionally filled with all things pink and red and lovely, we decided to feature Maathai. This sweet print joined our Genius Series with Irwin in March of 2013.

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet; ~ William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet (1)

In addition to her wonderful accomplishments, this genius is known for being a bit of a tongue twister around Cotton Babies. She sells sea shells by the sea shore… well no… our Genius didn’t sell sea shells by the seashore, that we know of, but we had to prep ourselves to say her awesome name Wangari Muta Maathai, we even found a YouTube video to make sure we’ve been saying “Muh-thigh” right all this time. Shew!

But what does her name represent?

Power, Strength, Tenacity, Fortitude. All characteristics that make Maathai a perfect addition to the Genius Series. Maathai was the first African women and environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was awarded the honor for her “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” (2) in 2004. She dedicated her life to her passions as Kenyan political and environmental activist who founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on planting trees, conservation and women’s rights.” Maathai knew the value of perseverance and because she did not give up, she changed the world.

“Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many times. But all of them picked themselves up and kept going, and that is what I have always tried to do.”  – Wangari Maathai (3)

Introducing an addition to the “Never Were” series!

As we celebrate Maathai and her wonderful accomplishments this week, we wanted to give you a little glimpse into our creative process at Cotton Babies. You may be familiar with our “Never Were” diapers (learn more about this series here)… Introducing our newest addition to this series, Flowers!

Our designers are always coming up with beautiful new prints! When we finally get to the fabric sampling part of the process, we sometimes request different color variations… Which is how we ended up with Flowers, now available on eBay.

Save money and get everything you need to start cloth diapering!

TODAY ONLY!

In honor of today’s featured genius, we have a VERY small amount of bumGenius Littles, bumGenius 4.0 pocket cloth diapers, Flip Diaper Covers available at Cotton Babies! Plus, all Maathai Genius Series Tees are $4 off today only! Cloth diaper inventory of Maathai is very limited and only available while supplies last.

Don’t forget the giveaway!

Of course, we can’t celebrate our Genius Series without a giveaway! Enter for a chance to win the Maathai Prize Pack, including a Maathai bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper + Genius Series Tee.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Central Time, Tuesday, February 21, 2017. U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be drawn after the close of the contest and notified via email. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of end of giveaway.

 

References:

  1. A rose by any name other name would smell so sweet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_rose_by_any_other_name_would_smell_as_sweet
  2. Wangari Maathai – Facts http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2004/maathai-facts.html
  3. Wangari Maathai Quotes http://www.azquotes.com/author/9190-Wangari_Maathai

About the Author

Libby is the marketing director for Cotton Babies. She's an obsessed auntie to three super fun kids. She loves coffee, chocolate, and singing Broadway show tunes.

Comments

63 Comments

  • Jeramy said...
    February 25, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Are your clients familiar using the web, do they utilize it
    routinely?

  • Rosanna said...
    February 20, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I love the print because it’s colorful, cheery, and girly!

  • Anel said...
    February 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I love the spring colors!

  • Jilliann M said...
    February 20, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Love the colors!

  • Brandon Sparks said...
    February 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I love Maathai because they always have the best prints.

  • Daria Evans-Walker said...
    February 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I love that Maathai’s green values parallel cloth diapering families.

  • Billie Josephus said...
    February 18, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I love this print, it’s bright, and represents an awesome woman.

  • Marian said...
    February 17, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I love how Maathai is so springy! I just love the colors and flowers. I missed the release and would love this my baby girl!

  • Lexy Overstreet Broome said...
    February 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I love Maathai because it’s such a happy fun print!

  • Shauna said...
    February 17, 2017 at 11:50 am

    While I absolutely love this print, I had no idea what the history was behind it. I love the cheery flowers.

  • Erin B. said...
    February 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I love the simplicity of the flowers and the girly colors! It would be perfect for my daughter 🙂

  • Lindsay N said...
    February 17, 2017 at 8:10 am

    It is a super cute print. But in all honesty I wouldn’t keep it. Its a bit too girly for my all boy household. So it would go to my niece that is due any day now. My boys first cousin on my side!!

  • Jenn H said...
    February 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    its so cheery! my daughter loves flowers, she’d love this one!

  • Kaitlin Putchlawski said...
    February 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Really awesome to recognize an African woman!! 💕💕

  • janie vezina said...
    February 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    i love this print because its so bright and cheery, makes me smile.

  • Rebecca Phillips said...
    February 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    This print came out when my little boy was a baby. I bought Irwin and he loved it, but passed on the cute flowers because i didn’t know if I’d have another girl. Fast-forward 5ish years and I have a new precious girl and would love to have that print I passed up back then. Love the simple, adorable flower print! I tried for one of these on the website on Tuesday and arrived too late. 🙁

  • Kami Evans said...
    February 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Love this!

  • Katherine said...
    February 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Love Maathai because it’s a beautiful print inspired by a beautiful person!

  • Laura D said...
    February 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love all the bright springy colors! Very girly for my girly girl!

  • Korie B said...
    February 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Love the print and love that there are women in contemporary history like the late Maathai that can inspire my daughter’s generation.

  • Kari Barone said...
    February 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I love Maathai for the adorable print, colors, and respected character of the woman for whom it was named. What an amazing legacy!

  • Sandra Caballero said...
    February 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I love Maathai because it will match to my daughter’s spring dresses.

  • Rachel Valentine said...
    February 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I love Matthai because it is the most adorable girly print, my second favorite diaper print ever (Lovelace is my favorite!)

  • Renee Walters said...
    February 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I love the adorable print!

  • Sandra Watts said...
    February 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I love the floral design. It would be great for my grand daughter.

  • lydia h. said...
    February 15, 2017 at 7:42 am

    it reminds me of spring!!!

  • Sarah said...
    February 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    super great print…would love to win one!

  • Lauren said...
    February 15, 2017 at 3:39 am

    One of my favorite prints. My daughter loves it too, it’s the only one she asks for specifically.

  • Noa Hermesh Remenik said...
    February 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    The story beyond this diaper is a true inspiration

  • Julia said...
    February 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Lovely, lovely print!!!

  • hannah said...
    February 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I think this is an adorable print! And the colors are so fun and girly

  • Mary Schuh said...
    February 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    It is such a cute, happy print!

  • Melissa Stutzman said...
    February 14, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I love the print!

  • Hannah said...
    February 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I love Maathai because it is an absolutely gorgeous print, and the story behind it is beautiful too!

  • Lisa said...
    February 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I just love this print!

  • Marie Lowther said...
    February 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I love Maathai because its a fun print!

  • Arielle Giddens said...
    February 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I love Maathai because I studied abroad in Kenya and I’ve read several of her books. She was a truly inspiring woman and a great role model for my daughter.

  • Heather HS said...
    February 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I love the flower print – everyone says I’m having a girl this time, so I’d love to have a flower diaper!

  • Rachelle Fung said...
    February 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    <3 diversity

  • Annie Cernohous said...
    February 14, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I love the pop of flowers; perfect for spring!

  • Jeni said...
    February 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    My niece would love these! The colors are gorgeous with beautiful prints and great graphic design…perfect for her new little one on the way!

  • Jeni said...
    February 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    My niece would love these for her new one on the way. The prints are gorgeous with deep rich colors and great graphics.

  • Anna Ramirez said...
    February 14, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I love maathai the colors and flowers are just beautiful 😍

  • hadas bar said...
    February 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I’m waiting to the spring, so a diaper can help

  • Jessica Courchene said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I love Maathai because it’s the prettiest of all the Bumgenius and it reminds me of the baby girl I lost. I want this diaper SO bad and I missed it today! I’m absolutely heartbroken I missed it!

  • Roberta Cagle said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I love this print! It’s an absolute favorite!

  • Hagit Yehuda said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Xoxo

  • Kristen Smith said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So cute! I would love to add this print to my daughter’s stash.

  • Danielle B. said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I think Maathai is a beautiful print and I’m hoping by next Valentine’s Day my sister will have announced she will soon be needing cloth diapers. 😉

  • Sarah Hayes said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    i love the fun colors

  • Brittany Pines said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    This is such a beautiful print, and it’s namesake would be a great role model for my baby girl!

  • Monica said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Would love this!

  • Laura Harke said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    It’s so pretty!

  • Melissa C. said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I love the fun floral pattern!

  • Erin said...
    February 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    What a beautiful print!

  • Cheri P. said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    It would be perfect for my little girl for Spring!

  • Roxanne said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I need this so I can horde it for a future little girl. 😭

  • Elizabeth Covington said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I love Maathai because it’s beautiful and also I found a fantastic story about the REAL Maathai- what an amazing woman!

  • Alexis Peterson said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    One of my faves!

  • Jessica said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I love it because it is so vibrant and girly. The flowers are perfect for spring time 🙂

  • Maya LeaJames said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Such a sweet print with an inspiring story!

  • Jena Pratt said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Maathia is absolutely my favorite BG print! Not only is it a gorgeous design and artwork, but the genius is was made for!!

  • Jennifer Stuck said...
    February 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I love the colors!