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Haste Really Does Make Waste (A Venting Session)

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In our society's haste to get everything done quicker than ever before, we (the society as a whole) have become more wasteful than ever before.  Opting for convenience means opting for disposable everything.  And so many of the big name companies out there jumped at that opportunity to provide quick, easy to use, disposable products...to please their customers (and of course please their pockets as well.)

 

Back in 2004 the "disposable industry" produced over 83,000 tons of waste!  community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/

 

I couldn't find the most recent numbers, but if anyone knows, please share.

 

Here is a list of what I can think of just off the top of my head...

 

Disposable Diapers & Wipes (nothing new but still, it's all apart of the convenient disposable industry)

Disposable Dryer Sheets

Disposable Disinfecting Wipes

Disposable Wet Dusting Wipes

Disposable Glass Cleaning Wipes

Disposable Dry Mop pads

Disposable Wet Mop Pads

Disposable Cleaning Sponges

Disposable Dry Dusting Wipes

Disposable Bath Cleaning Pads

Disposable Toilet Cleaning Pads

Disposable Facial Cleaning Wipes

Disposable Eye Make-up Remover pads

and my most recent discovery (which was like the last straw for me)...

Disposable Baby Wash Cloths!!!!!

 

I received a coupon from Publix for BOGO Free of Huggies Wash Cloths.  I assumed they meant actual "wash cloths" & I can always use more baby wash cloths because I use them whenever I use rash cream on my daughter to prevent it from transferring to the cloth diapers.  So anyways, I go to Publix, in search of these wash cloths only to discover that they are disposable! 

 

Are you serious????  Is it really that hard (regardless of how busy you are) to toss your child's washcloth into the washer when your already doing their laundry?  Is it really that hard to run a quick wash load of cleaning rags, mop heads etc?  Is it????  The insanity has got to stop!!!

 

Maybe, just maybe, with the recent economic stoop, people will decided that they no longer wish to waste their hard earned $$$ on frivolous, use once & toss products.  Then, maybe, just maybe, the disposable industry will slowdown enough to come to an end.  But, perhaps this is just wishful thinking on my part because looking at our society as a whole, I see a trend in laziness which leads people to taking as many shortcuts as they can, regardless of the cost to their wallets, let alone our environment.


Edited by amanda goldman - Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:56:58 GMT
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Yeah, that's a good point.  Unnecessary disposable products have become commonplace.  For a while I found myself using paper towels as dishes/napkins, but realized how wasteful I was being and stopped using them altogether.  I'm getting myself some cloth napkins now.

 

Disposable diapers in particular bug me because babies poop so often!  On Planet Green network they've got a show called Wasted, and for one of the episodes it showed how many disposable diapers a family with one baby was throwing out each week.  It was really gross.

 

On the one hand I understand that cloth diapers are difficult to deal with.  They're kind of gross, make you do the laundry frequently, maybe more difficult to apply and maybe less absorbant.  But disposables are so incredibly wasteful, I think if I were to have a kid I'd have to use cloth diapers.  I couldn't stand throwing out multiple disposable diapers every day.

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We do live in a "disposable" society...it's really kind of amazing.  To add to that list, we have disposable plates, forks, spoons, cups, razors...and of course, a lot of other products are just designed to break forcing you to get a new one.  Or even worse...it doesn't break but marketing claims are so intense that you have to get the lastest and greatest. 

 

You might be interested in checking out the photography of Chris Jordan.  We have a few of his images in this thread.  It's really interesting to see a culture of waste in the form of images.


Edited by stins - Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:44:18 GMT
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Disposables bug me too! We even stopped paper towels years ago and this year we got cloth napkins. They are so luxurius and so much better! I occasionally use disposable wipes when I travel, but that is a couple of times a year and I don't use that many to begin with, but when I am home there is no reason for that.

 

About the diapers, my neighbors use this diaper service called "mother nature" or something. They put the dirty cloth diapers (I assume rinsed) at their door once a week and they get a delivery of fresh ones. I thought it's a nice idea and takes some of the work off the mom...

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Well, we started out using disposable diapers (aka...sposies) and then we switched to cloth.  Having done both, I can honestly say that we love cloth and would never go back to sposies.  Cloth has come a long, long way.  I use Bum Genius brand and they go on and off just like regular sposies (w/ velcro tabs).  I wash them every other day and it's not a hassle.  We never have the nasty odor problems that we had with sposies and my daughter (DD) hardly ever gets rashes anymore and if she does, it's due to teething or a food allergy.  Actually, as I was waiting for my CD's to come in the mail and my DD was still in sposies, she ended up getting a UTI...which can be very common w/ sposies. We have never had a re-occurrence thus far.  Cloth Rocks!

 

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Originally Posted by dana1981:

Yeah, that's a good point.  Unnecessary disposable products have become commonplace.  For a while I found myself using paper towels as dishes/napkins, but realized how wasteful I was being and stopped using them altogether.  I'm getting myself some cloth napkins now.

 

Disposable diapers in particular bug me because babies poop so often!  On Planet Green network they've got a show called Wasted, and for one of the episodes it showed how many disposable diapers a family with one baby was throwing out each week.  It was really gross.

 

On the one hand I understand that cloth diapers are difficult to deal with.  They're kind of gross, make you do the laundry frequently, maybe more difficult to apply and maybe less absorbant.  But disposables are so incredibly wasteful, I think if I were to have a kid I'd have to use cloth diapers.  I couldn't stand throwing out multiple disposable diapers every day.

 

 

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All I can say is, WOW!!!  It reminds me of the movie Wall-E...if you have not seen it you should check it out....it's like a glimpse of where this world is heading w/ the waste.  Ugh!!!!

 

 

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Originally Posted by stins:

We do live in a "disposable" society...it's really kind of amazing.  To add to that list, we have disposable plates, forks, spoons, cups, razors...and of course, a lot of other products are just designed to break forcing you to get a new one.  Or even worse...it doesn't break but marketing claims are so intense that you have to get the lastest and greatest. 

 

You might be interested in checking out the photography of Chris Jordan.  We have a few of his images in this thread.  It's really interesting to see a culture of waste in the form of images.


Edited by stins - Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:44:18 GMT

 

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Originally Posted by dana1981:

Disposable diapers in particular bug me because babies poop so often!  On Planet Green network they've got a show called Wasted, and for one of the episodes it showed how many disposable diapers a family with one baby was throwing out each week.  It was really gross.

 

On the one hand I understand that cloth diapers are difficult to deal with.  They're kind of gross, make you do the laundry frequently, maybe more difficult to apply and maybe less absorbant.  But disposables are so incredibly wasteful, I think if I were to have a kid I'd have to use cloth diapers.  I couldn't stand throwing out multiple disposable diapers every day.


 

this bugs me also. cloth really isn't any of those things any more. in the past that might have been true, but cloth options today, aside from the more laundry, which is maybe an extra load a month when you think about the fact that most cloth parents just add the diapers to existing loads of towels or whatever so the extra laundry would be accumulative and is not noticable imo. most cloth options are not different then what you do with disposable, you just toss it in the washer instead of the can. I have found they are more absorbant. a fact i was reminded of just a couple days ago.

 

my son is a really heavy wetter. i hate using disposables when we are on trips because he will leak through those in no time at all. the day before because we went to a funeral and stayed at a hotel and we went through so many diapers and outfits it was rediculous, and the diapers were the huggies overnights that i know work really well, he just is a very heavy wetter because he's like his daddy and drinks drinks drinks. so imo again disposables are less absorbant then cloth, not more.

 

I don't have a problem with disposables being used for convienence on trips or when you are out and about, but i don't see a need to use them all the time even at home. imo they should be used as the exception, not the rule but in our wasteful society they are the rule and cloth is the exception- people think parents that cloth diaper are crazy. it's so annoying to me when people look at me like i have 2 heads because i cloth diaper and they don't even know anything about it.

 

i'll stop now :)

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