If you are serious about helping the environment and really want to go green, try changing the type of diapers you use on your little ones. These days, most people use disposable diapers; however, cloth diapers are a better option – both for the environment and your baby.
Cloth Diaper Benefits for the Environment
Disposable diapers can take up to 500 years to decompose and more than 20,000,000 pounds of disposable diapers are dumped in landfills across the country every day. On the other hand, cloth diapers can be washed and used again and again. They can be used by multiple children and make excellent rags or towels for use around the house when the children no longer need them.
Although the washing of cloth diapers does involve using some energy and cannot be considered completely green, the energy used is a fraction of that used in the manufacture of disposable diapers. Also, disposable diapers are made using petroleum-based plastic and chlorine bleach woodpulp which is potentially devastating for the environment, not to mention the fact that they contribute to the depletion of our fossil fuel resources.
Cloth Diapers are Better for Baby
Not only are cloth diapers better for the environment, they're much safer for baby as well. You may not be aware that disposable diapers are known to emit toxic substances such as toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, styrene and even isopropyl benzene. Of course, none of the chemicals are good for your child. Quality cotton cloth diapers reduce diaper rashes, are not made using toxic chemicals and allow for much better air circulation around baby’s tender bottom.