Investing in Cloth Diapers
There are many costs associated with diapering a child; including health, environment and money!
The benefits of cloth diapering are becoming apparent. Years of disposable diapers are showing a huge impact in our landfills, our health and our spending money.
Cloth diapers are as easy and as good at leakage protection as a disposable without the harmful chemicals, cost and huge impact on our environment.
You don't wear paper underwear why should your baby?
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Disposable diapers contain many harmful ingredients, including:
- Sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer, which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980’s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
- Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals.
- Dyes found in some disposables that are known to damage the central nervous system, kidneys and liver.
- Fragrances in some disposables that cause headaches, dizziness, and rashes, according to reports received by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
- Tributyl-tin, a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
- The interior of disposable diapers do not breathe well, therefore they can be at a much higher temperature. This increases the risk of diaper rash as heat and moisture provide an excellent medium for bacterial growth.
Additionally, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research in May 2000 showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis.
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Our diapers are durable and can be used over and over. When they are no longer part of our service we donate them.
- Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills?
- Over 4,000,000 disposable diapers are discarded per day in Canada.
- Disposable diapers account for up to 2.5% of all residential landfill
- They take an estimated 200 and 500 years to decompose
- In North America it takes a billion trees to produce disposable diapers each year and in Canada we throw out 1.7 billion of them annually.
- The manufacture and use of disposable amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
- Disposable diapers also use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.
- By using cloth diapers you will prevent approximately 5000 diapers, per child from going to the landfill for 500 years.
This is what 5000 diapers looks like. Imagine a pile like this for every child who wears disposables!