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Switching to Cloth Diapers – The Environmental Reasons

I previously shared my top 10 picks for modern cloth diapers, and I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about cloth diapering a little more in depth.  As you can see from all of the cute and fun cloth diaper styles, modern cloth diapers are much different than the squares of cotton, attached with pins and covered with plastic pants, of the past.

Our family has been cloth diapering for almost 4 years straight.  Cloth diapering has come a long way, and there are many reasons you should consider switching to cloth diapers. We’ll cover some of these reasons over the next few weeks.

One of the main reasons we decided to use cloth diapers is the impact that disposable diapers have on the environment.

By the time they are two, one child will have used 6,000 or more disposables diapers.  Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest contributor to waste in landfills, and may take as long as 500 years to decompose, if they decompose at all.

Plus, did you know that you’re actually supposed to dump the solid waste out of a disposable diaper before you throw it away?  Yep, it says it right on the side of most diaper packaging!

But, how many parents actually do that?  So waste that is supposed to go into the sewer ends up at the landfill, with all the bacteria and germs that go along with it, and creates a potential bio-hazard.

By choosing to cloth diaper, even if only part-time, you can divert thousands of pounds of garbage and human waste from ending up in our landfills, which is good both for the environment now, and for the future of the world for our children.

Next time we’ll talk about the health impact on our little ones of using cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers.

Are you interested in cloth diapering, and wondering where to start? Check out some of my other posts on cloth diapers:

Photo credit: simplyla/Flickr

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