Why Choose Cloth Diapering?
Cloth diapering is a powerful choice that helps you control and better the environment in which your child grows and develops. Promote your baby’s optimum health and help keep the earth a beautiful place. Incorporate cloth diapering into your routine and make a difference for future generations.
Have you ever considered using cloth diapers and wondered what it’s all about?
Cloth Diapers Save You Money
Cost of cloth: approximately $300-1500/baby
Cost of disposables: over $2500/baby
And with proper use and laundering, many cloth diaper systems can be used for more than one baby. Think of the money you can save!
“Cloth diapers are less expensive than disposables, especially if you do the laundering yourself.”
ConsumerReports.org. “Cloth Diapers.” April 2007
Cloth Diapers Are Comfortable
We tend to change our babies more often when they wear cloth diapers. This is healthy and good for their skin. The wonderful fabrics used in today’s cloth diapers are extremely soft and absorb without the use of chemicals. Natural fabrics offer a high level of comfort and breathability. Synthetic fabrics have stay-dry or super-absorbent properties.
Cloth Diapers Are Easy
Nothing like they were in the past – modern cloth diaper systems are pinless, easy-to-use and easy to wash. Soft, colorful and comfortable fabrics (both natural and synthetic) have replaced those yucky old plastic pants. An extra load of wash every 2-3 days is all it really takes. Or – consider using a diaper service! No laundering required – soft, clean cloth diapers are delivered directly to your home.
Cloth Diapers Are Earth Friendly
We throw away about 49 million diapers per day (18 billion diapers per year) in the US alone.1 It is estimated that in ideal conditions, a disposable diaper would take hundreds of years to decompose. Most landfills do not have ideal conditions for biodegrading, and even biodegradable disposable diapers will not break down in those conditions.
By using cloth diapers you can lower your baby’s carbon footprint. Using organic cotton and laundering properly can further reduce the carbon footprint of your cloth diapers.
Each baby in cloth diapers helps divert garbage from our landfill systems. In 2007 alone, an estimated 3.7 million tons of disposable diapers ended up in the U.S. municipal waste stream.3 Incorporating even a few cloth diapers into your routine can have an important impact on the health of the planet your baby will inherit from you.
1 Clean Air Council. Waste Facts and Figures 2006. http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html
2 Women’s Environmental Network. Nappies and the Environment. March 2004.
3 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Municipal Solid Waste in The United States: 2007 Facts and Figures. EPA530-R-08-010. November 2008. http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/msw07-rpt.pdf