Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Of course there is the obvious, cloth diapers are reusable and don't end up in our landfills. If we estimated that we change 8 diapers per day for 2 years of a child's life, that is 5,840 diapers for ONE child that will end up in our landfills. That is A LOT. And if we estimated how many children are in the US consuming diapers, we can safely assume that 27. 4 billion diapers are ending up in our landfills each year. This is huge...and embarrassing that I've taken a part in such.
Of course, people will argue the hassle of cleaning cloth diapers. It would be a bit more time consuming and a bit messier short term. But does this outweigh the long term affects of disposables to humans and the earth? No. Then one can argue the cost in water used in washing the diapers as well as the electricity used to wash them in the washing machine. But is this enough of an argument either? With it being so minimal, I don't think so.
Another factor of disposable diaper's long term affects to our earth is the human waste factor. When one uses a cloth diaper, the instructions state to discard the waste directly into the toilet so, along with other human waste, it goes into the sewage system which is then treated and etc etc. However, it's estimated that less than .5% of disposable diaper waste goes into the sewage system with the rest going into our landfills.
One more factor is cost. The cost of cloth diapering is about 1/10th the cost of disposable diapering. WOW!
There is also the concerns of how safe disposable diapers are to babies' sensitive skin and health. Disposable diapers often times contain harmful dyes, dioxin, and other bleaching agents that we would not want near our babies bums. And yet we do and wonder why they get diaper rash! Of course, with cloth diapers you need to attend to a dirty diaper immediately otherwise a diaper rash can occur too.
Is it convincing to you yet?
If you aren't already using cloth diapers for your diapered babies, here are some great brands that I found to get you started:
(there are SO many!)
All I can tell you is I'm sold...and not sure why it has taken me this long. I think I will order some cloth diapers today! Can anyone recommend their favorite cloth diapers so I know which ones to purchase? Your recommendations mean the world to me:) Thank you.