Why is cloth diapering better for our earth?
There is a lot of misinformation out there about cloth diapering. Like so many other things, people are more likely to try something new and to stick with it when they have a friend or family member by their side for support.
Knowing these facts can assist you in helping others re-evaluate their diapering method!
Hazardous Waste In Our Landfills
Disposable diaper manufacturers recommend that you dispose of the fecal matter in the toilet prior to discarding the diaper (have you ever seen anyone actually do that?). Disposables contribute 84 million lbs of fecal matter into the landfills per year, which according to the World Health Organization is ILLEGAL.
Deforestation and Loss of Natural Land
250,000 trees are cut annually for single-use diapers (Sanders, 2001). Today's parents will be grandparents before those trees grow back. We are losing forests and the wildlife for diapers used for about 2 hours and then thrown away. Cloth diapers are made from cotton plants that are harvested each year, not cut down and destroyed.
It takes about 1 cup of crude oil to manufacture the plastics in a disposable diaper (Cradle to Grave Disposable Diaper Story). In the estimated 8,000 diapers each baby uses, that's 500 gallons of crude oil consumption(per baby).
It takes less water to wash a cloth diaper than to manufacturer a plastic one. Washing uses simple compounds like soap and bleach. Single use diaper making is notorious for causing harmful chemicals like dioxin.
The Positive Difference of Cloth
Cloth diapers help reduce waste, and are reusable and recyclable. At our facility each diaper is washed, sanitized and reused an average of 75 times over a two year period. After that diapers are "retired" to another life as a cleaning cloth or auto detailing rag.
When you use cloth diapers YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Over the course of the diapering years, one baby using only single-use, disposable diapers will contribute over ONE TON of waste per baby (including fecal matter) to our landfills. That's one ton of waste you have SAVED OUR EARTH (Diapers in the Waste Stream 1989).
"I have used both disposables and cloth diaper service. I just want to say that cloth diapering is easy and I feel good about helping the environment."