Benefits Of Disposable Diapers

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It 's true that for many of us diapers are not a critical aspect of daily life. Even parents of young children only address dithering needs for a few short years. Interestingly, the impact of the disposable diaper however affects each of us and is a long-lasting trouble. It is currently estimated that 10,000 tons of disposable diapers are tossed into landfills each day. Each of these 10,000 diapers take up to 500 years to decompose, at best. Not to mention that the manufacture of disposables uses over 1 million metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000 metric tons of plastic each year. Disposable are the diaper of choice for over 80% of North American parents despite these grisly statistics. Why is this? As a cloth diapering mama, I am quite familiar…show more content…
These chemicals have long been associated with various physical issues and ailments. Furthermore, diaper rash also increases with disposable diaper use due to allergies to these nasty chemicals, poor air flow and longer time spent in wet diapers which feel dry when actually…show more content…
Quality cotton diapers will hold up for a minimum of 100 washings and can be saved for the next child. I, personally, was able to diaper both my daughter and son in the same set. I cannot tell you how many washings those diapers held together for. Although energy is required for washing diapers, it is a fraction of the energy used for production, manufacturing, transportation and disposal of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are also recyclable; making excellent dust cloths and rags after baby grows out of them.

Easy on the Purse-strings: Many studies have compared the costs of disposable diapers versus cloth washed at home and cloth diapers provided by commercial diaper services. The consensus is that cloth diapers, home laundered are considerably cheaper than busying disposables. By using cloth diapers your family will save approximately $2500 per child. Diaper services offer the same health and environmental benefits. They are comparable in cost to disposable diapers. Frugal eco-mamas should note this.

Not Your Mother 's Diaper Today 's diapers are not at all like yesterdays. My mother 's diapers were homemade flannel flat diapers, held together with pins and fitted with a hot sticky plastic pant. This was the only option for parents at the time. Today 's parents have plenty of

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