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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

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.

The Giggling Green Bean’s window display in Denver, CO.

 

 

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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America Recycles Day – (Really) Easy Ways to be Greener

Today is America Recycles Day! While We hope you recycle on a daily basis, we know that some habits are hard to break. I have compiled five easy things you can do to do your part AND save money!

 

1) Ditch the Paper Plates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really, get rid of them! I grew up where real plates were only used when it was a holiday or Grandma and Grandpa made a visit. It wasn’t until I was out on my own that I realized how terrible paper plates are for the environment. Do you know 970,000 tons of paper plates are thrown away annually – and none of those can be recycled because they are contaminated with food particles? If you MUST use paper plates, purchase recycled paper plates and make it a rare occasion!

 

 

2) Ditch the Bottled Water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. I don’t know about you but, that statistic does not settle well with me! With so many better options available, like water filters, and reusable water bottles, it just makes more sense financially and environmentally! If you must drink bottled water, please, PLEASE recycle the bottle!

 

 

3) Go Rechargeable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the United States, Americans purchase nearly three billion batteries annually, and about 179,000 tons of those end up in landfills. Unfortunately, in this day and age, batteries are a necessary evil. Instead of continuously buying new batteries, invest in rechargeable batteries. It will save you money in the long run and make your life oh so much easier on Christmas morning.

Funny enough, while I was writing this blog post, the batteries in my wireless keyboard died. I popped in my recharged batteries and I was good to go!

 

 

 

4) Refill, Please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand soap, window cleaner and many other household items we go through quickly can be refilled instead of purchasing a new bottle. So the next time you are at the store and reach for that brand new bottle of hand soap or cleaner, reach for a refill – it will last you much longer and save you money!

 

 

5) Disposable Diapers – Ditch ‘em!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding up to approximately 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. People tend to think cloth diapers are something of the past and inconvenient, but there is a raising amount of families choosing to use cloth diapers and diaper services instead of disposable to save money and help the environment….plus, those cloth diapers are so darn cute!

 

 

Whatever you do, please think twice about what you use and how you dispose of it!