Did you know that just one baby using a minimum of 6 disposable diapers a day equals well over 2100 soiled diapers per year being put in the landfill? With the average child being between 2-3 years of age before potty-trained, you can expect to put over 5600 disposable diapers in the trash.
“An estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the US, resulting in a possible 3.4 million tons of used diapers adding to landfills EACH YEAR.” (wikipedia) That is disgusting and a very unfortunate consequence of our increased laziness and American consumerism.
Disposable diapers contain a Super Absorbent Polymer (source) which is a plastic, Dioxins (source) which is a carcinogenic chemical, bleach, dye, fragrances and adhesives are other additives and there’s more (source).
Using cloth diapers reduces this costly waste, both environmentally and for your wallet. Plus, cloth diapers are a much healthier alternative for your baby’s sensitive skin. And if you are lucky (misfortunate) enough to have severe skin problems run in your family, cloth diapers are a life saver for their little baby bottoms. We have hardly experienced diaper rash with our second born. He has only had diaper rash a couple times because he slept with a dirty, pooped diaper. Cloth rocks!
Owl Be Green is giving away one cloth diaper cover plus one insert as part of Make it Green in 2015! Want to know more about Owl Be Green? Read the full review of Owl Be Green AI2 cloth diapers from Latched On Mom.