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Oh diapers....disposable? Cloth? Oh my.

post #1 of 14
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From our friend Matt over at greenUPGRADER...a nice post on all the municipal crap from diapers...(plus pictures of funny babies).

 

50 years ago everyone used cloth diapers, but in the early 1960’s towards the end of the baby boom, disposable diapers hit the scene to take care of the increasing amount of baby “boom boom” that these amorous new parents were dealing with. Today 95% of families use disposable diapers. At the tune of 5000 to 8000 diapers per child that ads up to 3.6 tons of dirty diapers (2.1% of America’s municipal solid waste). That’s a lot of Sh*t!


With all that poop piling up in the landfills people started to question the environmental impact and a largely potty partisan battle began between the cloth and disposable diaper industries… and the cloth vs disposable debate rages on.

 

[Read the rest over at green UPGRADER]

post #2 of 14

haha, i will have to check out the rest, too funny so far ;-) thanks for posting the link

post #3 of 14

the idea of G Diapers is awesome.

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the idea of G Diapers is awesome.

So true....

post #5 of 14

Many green alternatives don't really hold up to their quest at the end. Cloth diapers are just to minimalize landfill but on the other hand, all the water wasted and chemical cleaners to wash them and maintain them to me in unworthy. For me, I just try to use as least disposable diapers as I can on a daily basis(average of 3-4 in 24 hours) and plan to potty train very early. I also use smaller diapers than her size recommended, she should be wearing size 3-4 but I still use 2.

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Originally Posted by cheere0z:

Many green alternatives don't really hold up to their quest at the end. Cloth diapers are just to minimalize landfill but on the other hand, all the water wasted and chemical cleaners to wash them and maintain them to me in unworthy. For me, I just try to use as least disposable diapers as I can on a daily basis(average of 3-4 in 24 hours) and plan to potty train very early. I also use smaller diapers than her size recommended, she should be wearing size 3-4 but I still use 2.

See my response on the Cloth Myths Exposed thread...

 

greenhome.huddler.com/forum/thread/761/cloth-diaper-myths-exposed

post #7 of 14

I use cloth not only to lessen my enviromental impact in terms of waste in the landfill, but because they are healthier for my child. I am not interested in exposing her to the chemicals contained in disposable diapers. There are ways to be MORE environmentaly responsible even with cloth- hang your diapers to dry, use natural detergents, resell diapers that are no longer in use, make diapers from recycled materials (wool and fleece, tee-shirts and old towels).

post #8 of 14

I have to agree with Rachel.  I just can't imagine how the lifecycle of disposable diapers could be better than the lifecycle of cloth diapers.  Disposables take energy to produce and then all those resource just go to the landfill.  Very cradle to grave.  Whereas cloth diapers are much more cradle to cradle given that they are reusable.  And ultimately even if you don't give away old cloth diapers when your child no longer needs them, I would imagine you could always use them as rags.

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Originally Posted by cheere0z:

Many green alternatives don't really hold up to their quest at the end. Cloth diapers are just to minimalize landfill but on the other hand, all the water wasted and chemical cleaners to wash them and maintain them to me in unworthy. For me, I just try to use as least disposable diapers as I can on a daily basis(average of 3-4 in 24 hours) and plan to potty train very early. I also use smaller diapers than her size recommended, she should be wearing size 3-4 but I still use 2.

See my response on the Cloth Myths Exposed thread...

 

greenhome.huddler.com/forum/thread/761/cloth-diaper-myths-exposed

ditto. cloth diapers most definitly hold up to their 'quest'.
 

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Originally Posted by cheere0z:

Many green alternatives don't really hold up to their quest at the end. Cloth diapers are just to minimalize landfill but on the other hand, all the water wasted and chemical cleaners to wash them and maintain them to me in unworthy. For me, I just try to use as least disposable diapers as I can on a daily basis(average of 3-4 in 24 hours) and plan to potty train very early. I also use smaller diapers than her size recommended, she should be wearing size 3-4 but I still use 2.


 

Cloth diapers aren't just to reduce landfill waste.  They also save money and keep cancer-causing chemicals off of your baby's bottom.  Cloth diapers are not made with chemicals, just old-fashioned cloth.  It also isn't recommended to wash them in chemical filled detergents.  I wash mine in homemade detergent that doesn't put chemicals into the water supply.  And throwing the diapers in with the load of towels keeps from making extra laundry.  Really, diapers are small, so they don't add much to your laundry.  Before I used cloth diapers, I at least used Nature Babycare diapers that are biodegradable.  And as other posters have said, cloth can be reused, passed on to the next child/children.  I think cloth is very well worth it, but that's just me.

post #11 of 14

I would say that Cloth diapers are the best in terms of enviorment and cost.  But some people (like me) can't stand the look of cleaning a cloth diapers and if you are like me disposable are best.  I get my mothers disposables from www.ionmeds.com/.  They are great.  Hope this helps someone.

post #12 of 14

I'd say cloth diapers are the best option fo rthe mothers who are on tight budget to cut cost. They can be reusable and environmentally friendly.But using cloth diapers require too much work. Cloth diapers aren't completely environment-friendly, however. Consider the amount energy and water it takes to clean cloth diapers. Some say this can be seen as a drain on the environment. One estimate of washing diapers for one child would be $5 a month.

 

You can take advantages of healthy parenting tips.

post #13 of 14

I try to use reasorces as much as possible and hope that my house is as green as we can make it, on our income.  We are using disposable diapers though because we don't have the money for the diaper services and we don't have a washer in our place for daily washings of the cloth.  I will be pleased when we don't have to use disposable anymore!

post #14 of 14

I didn't notice more then a cents increase if that from washing diapers, and no other mother i've talked to has noticed much either. the energy and water it takes are cancled by the energy and pollution from making disposables and the landfills they are filling for the next 500 years. not to mention what's better for the baby themselves health wise. we've discussed this more at length in the cd myths exposed thread.
 

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I'd say cloth diapers are the best option fo rthe mothers who are on tight budget to cut cost. They can be reusable and environmentally friendly.But using cloth diapers require too much work. Cloth diapers aren't completely environment-friendly, however. Consider the amount energy and water it takes to clean cloth diapers. Some say this can be seen as a drain on the environment. One estimate of washing diapers for one child would be $5 a month.

 

You can take advantages of healthy parenting tips.


 

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