There are several reasons why parents should choose reusable diapers. They are soft and comfortable. They do not contain chemicals that will irritate your baby’s skin or cause any health problems. Reusable diapers are convenient and undeniably adorable. They are also economical and convenient. Best of all, they are environment friendly.
Choosing between disposable diapers or reusable diapers is similar to making choices in our daily life. Should you drink soda or water? Do you bring paper bags or plastic bags? These may be simple choices but if these choices made collectively could create a big impact on the environment.
Diapers In Our Landfill
On the average, a child would use over 3000 diapers in one year. Most children do not get potty trained on their first birthday so this number could potentially double or more. This is the number of diapers that are thrown into our landfills. And that’s just one for baby! Now, multiply that by the number of babies using disposable diapers in your family or community. That can be thousands of disposable diapers going into the trash each day in your community. This explains why disposable diapers are the 3rd largest item found in our landfills.
And these diapers stay in our landfills for a long time. It is estimated that it will take around 250-500 years for disposable diapers to decompose. That means these diapers will still be in our landfills long after your children have passed away of old age! Even your grandchildren and your great grandchildren.
This cycle will continue as long as disposable diapers are being manufactured, bought and used.
Impact On Our Natural Resources
More than 200,000 trees are used to manufacture disposable diapers for the babies in the U.S. alone. That’s just one country. A diaper company would likely be cutting down millions of trees in order to produce disposable diapers for the world. Aside from that, more than 3.4 billion gallons of oil are being used in the production of disposable diapers. The fact is, in order to produce disposable diapers, you will need 3.5 times more energy, 90 times more raw materials like tree pulp and cotton and 8.3 times more non renewable materials like oil.
Diapers And Contamination
There is a reason why human wastes go to the toilet and into the sewage system. And this does not happen with disposables. Most often, the waste in the disposable diapers are also being thrown into the trash and into the landfill. Unfortunately these wastes contain viruses and harmful pathogens that could potentially leak into the soil and contaminate our water sources, a threat to our health.
Modern reusable cloth diapers (especially Hybrid diapers) are as effective as disposables, if not, even better because they offer far bigger benefits not just to our babies but to our environment. It may be just a simple choice between disposables and reusables but this small decision can make a big difference. It is never too late to make the switch now.