Think about how many diapers are still sitting in the landfills; every disposable diaper since the day they were created is still sitting somewhere taking up space in a landfill. The Real Diaper Association estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used every year in the United States, and over 92 percent of these diapers end up in the landfill.
The Impact of Disposable Diapers on the Environment
Did you know that disposable diaper packages actually advise all fecal matter be disposed of in the toilet before discarding? As you know, very few people actually do this.
Disposable diapers are now second on the list of the top three (water bottles, disposable diapers and plastic bags in that order), single consumer items in the landfills. They represent 4 percent of solid waste in landfills today. And disposable diapers generate 60 times more solid waste, and they use 20 times more raw materials – such as crude oil and wood pulp.
To produce one year’s supply of disposable diapers for one baby, more than 300 pounds of wood, 20 pounds of chlorine, and 50 pounds of petroleum stocks are used.
The facts are numerous and shocking when it comes to disposable diapers and the waste they create.Disposable Diapers Contain Carcinogens and Harmful Chemicals
Did you know that disposable diapers contain chemicals? Yes, the very thing that is closest to your baby’s sensitive skin contains chemicals!
Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, which is a toxic by-product from the paper-bleaching process. Dioxin is considered a carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical), and the EPA considers it one of the most toxic of all carcinogens. It has been banned for use in most countries, except for the USA .and Canada.
Disposables also contain sodium polyacrylate, which is a super absorbent polymer that turns into a gel-like substance when wet. This is very similar to the substance that was used in tampons until it was discovered that it increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome in the early 80’s.
Another harmful chemical contained in disposable diapers is Tributyltin, which is a toxic pollutant that has been linked to causing hormonal problems in humans and animals.
Not only are cloth diapers chemical free, they are much more economical in the long run.
Cloth Diapers are Chemical-Free and Save You Money in Long Run
Disposable diapers can be a huge cost burden on new parents. Some of the biggest costs for baby are daycare, formula (if you do not breastfeed) and diapers. The average price I’ve found for a disposable diaper is approximately 25 cents per diaper.
At 8 months old, a baby is changed approximately 7 times per day. Newborns are, of course, changed more frequently (usually once every 2 hours) .At 8 months using disposable diapers would cost about $50.00 per month or $1200.00 for two years of a diapering a child (most disposable diapered children are not trained until 3 years of age, an additional $600.00.)
Most families have at least two children so this brings your disposable total to a minimum of $2400.00 .for two years of diapering This is not taking into account the more frequent newborn diaper changes, and it is calculated based on your children being potty trained by two years of age. (As many parents know, most children are not potty trained by age two.)
Cloth diapers vary in price depending on the type of diaper you chose and how often you want to do laundry.
Diapers range in price between $15.00 and $20.00 each, so for the figuring, we will use the average of $17.50. If you do laundry every two days, you would need 14 diapers, costing us $245.00 If you do laundry every three days, you would spend $367.50.
You can already see the huge cost savings between disposables costing $1200.00 for two years compared to $367.50
When you have another baby, you can use the same cloth diapers, so your savings at that time will be the full $1200.00Cloth Diapering is Addictive
Finally, we must warn you that cloth diapering can become addictive! You may laugh now, but we are serious!
You will absolutely love cloth diapers and how cute they are. They come in so many different colors and prints and are so adorable! It’s fun to match baby’s diaper to the clothes for the day, and it’s fun trying new brands and seeing all of the new diapers being introduced in the cloth diapering world. Then there are the custom made ones with cute sayings and ruffles and lace for the girls.
The support that can be found online from other cloth diapering mamas is out of this world. These are some of the sweetest mamas to be found online!
Won’t you consider cloth? Stand up with us cloth diapering advocates and make a statement that you do not want to contribute to the landfills anymore and that you want a chemical free, affordable and even fun solution to diapering!