In 2013 most people wouldn’t even think there would be a debate on cloth diapers versus disposable diapers, after all cloth diapers are what our grandmother’s used! But in recent years, more families are choosing to go cloth not only for the cost (You can expect to spend about $2,500 on disposable diapers by the time your child is potty trained!) but for the environment.
Did you know:
- The Environmental Protection Agency reports that about 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped in landfills each year, accounting for more than 3.5 million tons of waste.
- The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.
- Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
- In 1988, nearly $300 million dollars were spent annually just to discard disposable diapers, whereas cotton diapers are reused 50 to 200 times before being turned into rags.
- No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
- Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
- Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.
- The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
- Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.
We know not everyone can use cloth diapers due to access to laundry facilities but, whatever you choose, please keep the environment in mind!
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