It seems there is a challenge for everything, and this weekend is no exception. In celebration of Earth Day, yesterday was the Great Cloth Diaper Change, an event held to set the Guiness Book of World Records “diaper changing” record – the most cloth diaper changed at one time!
Of course the challenge is a fun part of the event, but the real purpose was to increase exposure for cloth diapering, and to help people understand why it is such a great thing to do for both our babies and our planet.
Here is a little more info from the event website…
The second annual Great Cloth Diaper Change, an international cloth diaper-changing event, will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012, the day before Earth Day and during International Cloth Diaper Awareness Week. With over 262 sites in 15 countries so far, The Great Cloth Diaper Change event will attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record™ of 5,026 cloth diapers changed simultaneously.
“Each year billions of disposable diapers enter landfills where it takes hundreds of years for them to decompose, if ever,” says Heather McNamara, Executive Director of the Real Diaper Association. “Building off the success of last year’s event with 127 locations in five countries, we hope to show the entire world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s modern families, particularly catching the eye of expecting and new parents who may be seeking more planet-friendly and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers.”
At my house, we’ve been cloth diapering since Cullen was about 10 weeks old. While I know cloth diapering isn’t for everyone, I really love it and am so glad I decided to do a little extra work each day to save money for us, and help save the planet for my kids.