This has been bothering me lately. I am definitely frugally minded and I’m also pretty “green” when I can. Yet I use disposable diapers. I had intended to use cloth diapers as that is what my parent had done and it seemed natural for me to do so as well. When I brought it up with my Other Half he flat out said he would refuse to change her bum if we used cloth. At the time I had these grand ideas about him changing diapers all the time. (haha) Don’t get me wrong, he does change her diaper but I do more than my fair share of it! Top that off with an argument where he stated he didn’t know why we weren’t using cloth!
So I’ve decided to switch to cloth diapers. There are just too many obvious pros to cloth diapering to ignore. Let’s just look at a few of the stats about diapers for a second.
- In the first two years, the average baby will require between 5000 to 7000 diaper changes.
- As of 2004, approximately 1.7 billion disposable diapers were used each year in Canada, accounting for 85 percent of the diaper market.
- Before disposable diapers were introduced, all babies in North America were diapered in cloth. Within 10 years of the arrival of disposable diapers on the market, the number of cloth diaper users quickly dwindled to 10 per cent.
- Over 4,000,000 disposable diapers are discarded per day in Canada.
- Approximately 250,000 tonnes of disposable diapers are sent for disposal each year in Canada, according to 2004 figures.
- Disposable diapers represent approximately 3 percent of the total quantity of residential waste for disposal in Canada.
- Effluents from the disposable diaper manufacturing process (plastic, pulp and bleached paper) are more damaging to the environment than the cotton and hemp growing and manufacturing process used for cloth diapers.
- Cloth diapers are related to water and air pollution because of the water and energy used to wash and dry them. This is particularly important in areas with water shortages.
- Another concern is the higher level of wastewater particulates associated with flushing away the contents of cloth diapers.
- Home laundering of cloth diapers produces greenhouse gas and other emissions from energy consumption in the dryer. Line-drying diapers when possible can reduce these emissions.
- Cloth diapers may encourage babies to potty train faster than disposables, because with disposable diapers, the babies seldom feel any wetness or discomfort.
I think Cloth Diapering is going to be an adventure I’m just going to have to jump into and hope for the best with. I am sure I will have a lot to share with you all on my journey so look out for posts on this adventure in the future!
So for you Moms out there.. did you cloth diaper and what would be the best piece of advice for a “Newb”?
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