Friday, March 26, 2010

cloth diapers

Cloth diapers were featured on Good Morning America this morning and I was very happy to see them getting some attention. The segment was short, but I think they made their point well. Here is the link if anyone wants to check it out. After watching that this morning and getting new diaper covers yesterday I am feeling inspired to write on the topic.

Why cloth?
It's softer, chemical free, money saving, and cute!

Environmental impact.

"The Real Diaper Association, an advocacy group founded in 2004, estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the U.S. (according to the EPA, that translates into more than 3.4 million tons of waste dumped into landfills) and that producing those diapers also consumes huge amounts of petroleum, chlorine, wood pulp and water." Time article. 

A disposable diaper can take up to 500 years to decompose. 

Fecal matter is not supposed to go into landfills. On the diaper packages it says to put the poop in the toilet. Nobody does this though.

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