Have you heard about the “Change Three Things Challenge” from Cotton Babies? For 2011 they challenged parents to switch out three diaper changes a day for cloth diapers. Their goal was to have at least 100,000 parents take the pledge and by so doing 30 to 50 million pounds of waste would be saved from landfills. They’re currently at 10,000 pledges (me being one of them) and they have saved nearly a half million diapers from landfills in six months.
But let’s be practical, what does changing three cloth diapers a day mean to you?
3 diapers a day x 7 days a week = 21 diapers a week.
28 diapers a week x 4 weeks a month = 84 diapers a month.
84 diapers a month x 12 months a year = 1,008 diapers a year.
7 boxes of Huggies diapers = $251.93
Savings in one year? $179.45
And that’s just three diapers a day.
Change it to six? $305.80
(Obviously there are cheaper disposables, coupons and sales as well as cheaper cloth diapers including the option to make them yourself, just being basic here, yo. Full disclosure, I know the first time I saw the so called “savings” on cloth I wasn’t that impressed, but the more I pay attention? It does save a lot of money. It’s just a shocking initial investment. Investment being the key word.)
It’s a really simple way to try out cloth diapers without committing 100% (until you’re ready to that is.)
I’ll be honest, when I started last week I was a little wary. But I now prefer cloth over disposable however we’ll keep some disposables on hand for long travels or inevitable illnesses or emergencies. I would have never known that I would have liked them until I tried them.
And if you don’t like them? You can resell them, someone will buy them.
If I’ve learned one thing in the last week? It’s that cloth diaper users are passionate. And SO willing to help.
Which is something disposables do not come with, at least not that I’ve found.
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