By the time we were bringing our son home from the hospital we knew all about the world of "modern diapering." Everyone we knew was envisioning old fashioned pre-fold diapers (which I still think are pretty cool and we even used them on our daughter for her first few weeks), pins, and plastic pants. Well if that is what you're thinking too, you are in for a surprise! Modern cloth diapers are nothing like the ones our mothers and grandmothers used. In fact they are really as easy to use as disposable diapers, often having an All-In-One or All-In-Two design. You can find them in loads of colors, styles, fabrics and even designer prints!
iCandy Diapering System by Urban Fluff. You can purchase enough diapers to go from birth to potty for only $300.
Here are some things I learned from The Real Diaper Association:
*Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste than cloth.
*Disposable diapers use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.
*No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years under optimal circumstances, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
*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, disposable make up 50% of household waste.
*Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
*Throwaway diapers use twice as much water as cotton diapers, mostly in the manufacturing process.
*One ton of garbage is created for each baby who uses disposable diapers.
*In 1955, before modern disposable diapers were sold and consumed, it was estimated that 7% of babies and toddlers had diaper rash. In 1991, long after plastic disposable diapers dominated the market, the number jumped to 78%.
*Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paperbleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. In small quantities, dioxin causes birth defects, immune system suppression, skin and liver diseases, and genetic damage in lab animals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.
*Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) a toxic pollutant know to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
*Disposable diapers contain Sodium Polyacrylate, a type of super absorbant polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. This chemical can cause skin irritations and severe allergic reactions including vomiting, staph infections, and fever.