A Chinese woman is earning a steady income of around 30,000 yuan ($4,300) per month by selling handmade diapers for birds.
Zheng Han, a 25-year-old former nurse from East China’s Jiangsu province, quit her nursing job post back in 2014 and began selling decorative costumes for birds on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao.
Zheng only started designing diapers for birds after some friends sought her help in dealing with bird waste, China Daily reports. She discovered online that while bird diapers exist in the US, “they are poorly designed and expensive, selling at 200-400 yuan ($29-$58) each.”
The creative entrepreneur then made a conscious effort to keep her bird diaper designs more convenient and practical. After making multiple improvements and modifications, she was soon able to fill a vacuum in the Chinese market.
The current version, which has reportedly undergone eight or nine upgrades, is designed with the outer layer made of cotton cloth while the inner layer is made of waterproof canvas. Before use, a piece of sanitary pad or make-up sponge is inserted in the diaper. Diaper size can even be adjusted using velcro.
Zheng sells each bird diaper for just about 20 yuan ($3). Zheng revealed that she would get an order every three or four days when she started but now she gets over 1,000 orders per month.
According to Zheng, her success has finally convinced her family that quitting her nursing job was not as irresponsible as they initially thought.
“Now they believe young people have their own ideas and encourage me to do it well,” she was quoted as saying. “What’s the difference between people without dreams and salted fish?… I hope I could go further.”