If you’re here reading this, you’re probably an individual concerned about the environment. You probably do your best to ensure your purchases and decisions have the least environmental impact possible. If you have a baby on the way and want to be an environmentally-conscious consumer, you should consider the value of cloth diapers over disposable diapers.
Disposable Diapers: Impact on Landfills
Consumerism and mass production have made disposable diapers ubiquitous. Unfortunately, this ubiquity extends well past the time the diapers are protecting your infant from leaks to the years it spends in a landfill.
According to Mother-Ease, the average child will go through approximately 5,300 diapers from birth to toilet-training. And where do all those diapers end up? Definitely not at a recycling depot.
Disposable diapers sitting in landfills can take anywhere from 250-500 years to decompose. Even newer diapers that claim to have biodegradable components still take several years to break down in a landfill environment. In comparison, cloth diapers decompose in as little as six months.
Cloth Diapers: Water Use
One of the biggest questions people have when they hear of someone using cloth diapers is “How do you clean them?”
There are actually a number of ways to deal with soiled cloth diapers. Some parents choose to wash them in the laundry machine while others choose an industrial cleaning service like Wonderwear in Ontario.
Are cloth diapers are still eco-friendly if one has to keep washing them? The answer is a bit more complicated. Those who are using their own washing machine are probably using about as much water as is needed if someone were to flush the toilet 5 times a day for a week. The average adult flushes the toilet 3 times a day for comparison.
Cloth Diapers: What about leaks?
Yes, leaks can happen–whether you’re using cloth or disposable diapers. But reusable diaper technology has really stepped it up. Gone are the days of using pins to hold cloth diapers together. Cloth diapers today come with snaps and velcro to keep everything together. There are an assortment of different cloth products and services that you can look at to see what kind of diapers work for your child and family.
Cloth diapers are a great way to take care of the environment and keep your baby clean and protected. You can see more reasons to use cloth diapers here, or find more eco-friendly baby products at our online store.