Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Disposable Vs. Reusable Diapers

Did you know?

In the U.S. nearly four million babies are born every year. Each of those babies is likely to use up to 8,000 throwaway diapers before they are potty trained.

By 2012 the number of disposable diapers disposed of in landfills soared to a staggering 3,590,000 tons. It will take 500 years for these diapers to biodegrade.

This environmental argument doesn't always impact us when we're thinking of whether we should use disposable or reusable (e.g. cloth) diapers on our babies. Most likely we think, "what will be the most efficient for me?" Time, cost, and convenience all come into play when we make decisions, especially as stressed new parents!

Check out these informative infographics below, which cover the pros and cons, as well as some tips if you're considering giving cloth diapers a try.

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The environmental impact is just one factor, but one we should consider. For the children we are diapering are going to grow up into a world where there are millions of diapers not quickly biodegrading around them.

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