Below are some interesting facts from The Real Diaper Association about the pros and cons of using cloth vs disposable diapers.
Your baby’s healthDisposable diapers contain numerous dangerous chemicals. The three main offenders are Dioxin, Tributyl-tin and sodium polyacrylate. Dioxin, one of the more dangerous chemicals, is a toxin that has been labeled by the EPA as the most toxic of all the cancer-linked chemicals. In fact, it’s so dangerous it’s been banned in most other countries – but not in the U.S. (why not?)
Cloth diaper costUnless you plan on creating a stash of hundreds of premium cloth diapers, using cloth will certainly be cheaper than using disposables. The average baby will go through 7,354 diapers by the time they are potty trained! At an average of $0.26 per diaper that comes out to almost $2000 that your spend in the long run. The initial investment of cloth diapers can be a little painful, but you can also put it on your “Baby Shower Registry” to have others contribute to the cost. And if you are planning on more children, you can use the same stash for future babies!!
EnvironmentMore than 27.4 billion disposable diapers end up in a landfill every year in the U.S. alone and they take an estimated 250-500 years to decompose. We’re talking about 6,000 diapers you will personally be responsible for dumping in a landfill by the time your child is two.
After exploring some of these facts, we started offering cloth diapers in our boutique. But I still hear many say that it would be too much work, and comments like “who does cloth diapers”? But really it’s not that much more work, maybe an extra two loads of laundry a week and with the piece of mind you can have that you are not putting on the disposal diapers that are full of chemicals I think it’s well worth the extra work not to mention the favor your doing to your wallet and the environment.
Author: Unique Ultrasound