We are a couple of weeks into our disposable diaper buyback program. My office is filling up with disposables. Something I never thought I would see owning a cloth diaper store. But we hope to make a point over the coming weeks with our window display, and if you are on the fence about using cloth diapers, hopefully this will make you swing in this direction. And in the end, the disposables will go to Hope’s Door women’s shelter.
So your newborn baby is 2 weeks old, and you have changed them around 168 times. It seems that all they do is poop, sleep, cry, and feed. What seemed like a large wheelie bin that took your trash to the street, seems to have shrunk, because the space the disposables is taking up in that trash can is quite significant. If it is the middle of summer, you may be noticing it stinks worse than normal … pee will do that when sitting in a plastic container in the hot sun wrapped in plastic bags …
So lets look at a few statistics.
- Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.
- Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
- The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
- No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
- The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.
- Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.
Source – http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
There are many reasons to use cloth diapers over disposable, and to me this one is the biggest. Don’t let your little one start out with a giant carbon footprint!