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post #41 of 101
Ive spent prolly $400 in all but hes only been CDed for like 3 months and not including my upcoming customs ! By the time Im done Ill prolly have spent like $2500 from start to finish on Braedon, but if I have the money and I wanna spend it that way, Im gonna! HeHe!

We're not rich nor poor, but if I have a lil extra dough, diapers are what I want to spend them on, I dont feel guilt!!!! When I die, I doubt Ill be saying, I wish I wouldnt have purchased so many diapers! LOL
post #42 of 101
I am sure you have heard this before, but I don't get how using more resources and textiles than you need to is environmentally sound. I can see the actual cloth being better for the baby. Of course. But why waste so many resources, and thus cause a great amount of pollution, and consider yourself to be better (fine, if not better than, how about more aware? cooler? I don't know, but I do know 'sposies' god I don't like that word, are really disdained in general by the typical natural mother who treads ightly!) than a 'sposie' user? How is bringing blatant consumerism into CD remotely green? Or good for kids?

Is it just fun? That's fine. I have my own habits, you know.

Not all of you. I am thinking of people who spend A LOT of money on diapers... like people who would just die and go to heaven if there was an all diaper all the time TV station. Kinda like QVC.

I won't say I am not being critical. Of course I am. Of course I realize this might piss people off, but I've never had this convo before. I'm interested in other views.

I was always under the impression that CDing was important environmentally. Is that being laid aside now? Is it becoming a harmful industry?
post #43 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
I am sure you have heard this before, but I don't get how using more resources and textiles than you need to is environmentally sound. I can see the actual cloth being better for the baby. Of course. But why waste so many resources, and thus cause a great amount of pollution, and consider yourself to be better (fine, if not better than, how about more aware? cooler? I don't know, but I do know 'sposies' god I don't like that word, are really disdained in general by the typical natural mother who treads ightly!) than a 'sposie' user? How is bringing blatant consumerism into CD remotely green? Or good for kids?

Is it just fun? That's fine. I have my own habits, you know.

Not all of you. I am thinking of people who spend A LOT of money on diapers... like people who would just die and go to heaven if there was an all diaper all the time TV station. Kinda like QVC.

I won't say I am not being critical. Of course I am. Of course I realize this might piss people off, but I've never had this convo before. I'm interested in other views.

I was always under the impression that CDing was important environmentally. Is that being laid aside now? Is it becoming a harmful industry?
Well I admit I have tons of diapers/wool. When ds potty trains I will save some for the next baby, sell some and give the rest to a shelter/mothers in need. The prefolds can go to rags and the flats to cleaning cloths. I'm sure most mamas will do the same thing. I don't plan on throwing all the diapers in the garbage when hes done!

All along I have felt so proud that I have saved 2 tons of garbage from our landfills by not using disposables and now I should feel guilty b/c I have too many cloth diapers? Geez
post #44 of 101
"I am sure you have heard this before, but I don't get how using more resources and textiles than you need to is environmentally sound. I can see the actual cloth being better for the baby. Of course. But why waste so many resources, and thus cause a great amount of pollution, and consider yourself to be better (fine, if not better than, how about more aware? cooler?"

Well, generally most of the time CD users generally sell of or pass on their diaper stashes when they are done and they dont end up in landfills. If I purchase more diapers than I end up needing and end up selling them off or donating them to an orphanage I dont think I am contributing to commercialism or am trashing our environment. And no, I dont consider myself cooler for using cloth, but at least my babies bum is.
Heather
post #45 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
I was always under the impression that CDing was important environmentally. Is that being laid aside now? Is it becoming a harmful industry?
For me? No, I could care less. I switched to CDing SOULY for the health of my child. but that might just be me? I wasnt interested in the "saving the earth" part or the "saving money" part or any other part there might be except it was the only thing that would save my poor child's behind.

I do think some people go overboard with their purchases, but that is their business. It is like an addiction that you dont realize you have until you are out of it. I have an addiction like that with bags, any kind of bag too. Purses, diaperbags, wallet bags, makeup bags, shopping bags. Just about any kind of bag I probably own 50 of, well I use to I mean. I realized I had an obsession and I had to get away from it and now I still have a few too many bags, say 6 diaper bags when i probably only really need 2, but Ive gotten over it.

I was just thinking about this earlier. Like 20 minutes ago actually. i was filling DS's cubby with prefolds. His cubby is usually full of fitteds but he has these weird bumps on his thighs that I think may be from hard serging. I realized that with as many prefolds and flats as I have(17 prefolds 12flats) I could diaper him in just those and be fine. I thought about how much more money I could have saved(I have spent 300 and probably only would have spent 100 if all I did was prefolds as diapers). But then I thought about how much easier it is to snap on a fitted diaper that isnt bulky and doesnt slip down his non existant hips.

I think it is a personal choice and we should just leave eachother alone about it. Im sure there is something that you do that pisses people off and gets them asking "isnt ... suppose to be about saving ... or stopping ..." or something. We cant all always be happy, it just doesnt work that way.

Now go buy you a nice pair of knitted wool pants and have a slice of fried apple pie
post #46 of 101
I didn't say that cloth is thrown out. My question is why is the EXCESS necessary, and how is it justifiable OUTSIDE of it being a fun habit? And is that fun habit compromising the whole point of cloth diapering?

I read somewhere that something like eighty percent of the world's pollution is created by the textile industry. Even organic textiles pollute to a degree, right? So why over consume? Is there ever too much of a good thing?

I never said anyone should feel 'guilty.' If you do, that's your issue. I think you see what I am asking by now though. I wonder if anyone will answer that? You can pass on fewer dipes as easily as far too many, and exceedingly expensive!
post #47 of 101
seepae, if you are interested in the health of your child, isn't consuming LESS a priority for you?

I'm just being the devil's advocate here, but I have been wanting to have this convo for a LONG time. And I saw the topic in TAO and thought... hey!

And no I didn't CD my son. I knew little to nothing about it. Now I do, and I intend to with my next child, and wonder if I'll be able to keep it simple myself or if I'll end up totally diaper crazy and having a blast with it?
post #48 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
My question is why is the EXCESS necessary, and how is it justifiable OUTSIDE of it being a fun habit?
ok what about if we all just had a dozen flat diapers? we would be washing ALL the time and wouldnt that be excess too? I mean there is only so much usable water on this planet. when is there not excess of something? what about the excess that the computers make? I mean why even complain about excess when you are part of it too?
post #49 of 101
seepae, I said I have my own habits. I wasn't personally attacking anyone. Just looking for some philosophical conversation about diapers. K?
post #50 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
seepae, if you are interested in the health of your child, isn't consuming LESS a priority for you?
that depends on what you are asking? do I want to consume less amounts of CDers in order to not produce as much excess polution that is made when supply and demand exceed themselves?

No, because that little bit isnt going to stop the ever growing hole in our ozone and it isnt going to stop any sort of productions. If I could stop everyone in the world from exceeding things then maybe, but since me have a little excess doesnt really matter in the long run, then no I dont care because he is healthy now and will be for a while until someone blows smoke in his face or he moves to some city where they have acid rain.

There is only so much you can control. I still have a minimal supply. I could switch to all prefolds or flats but Id still have to buy more to make it through the day, so where would it stop?
post #51 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
seepae, I said I have my own habits. I wasn't personally attacking anyone. Just looking for some philosophical conversation about diapers. K?
I dont see the point then? we all overconsume in some way or another. SO why even start the conversation when you know how it will end?
post #52 of 101
you post fast.

I am honestly not comparing CD to anything else. I'm not even complaining about excess.~~~~~~~~ I AM pondering whether the commercialization and materialistic side of CD are defeating the purpose? ~~~~~~~~~

I do realize many a WAHM makes a HUGE difference in her family's life via CD and related products, and that's great. I can see it likely hurts fewer people than many other habits!

And there's a happy medium between twelve dipes and a whole lot of them.

I guess I don't care on a personal level what any of you do. I wonder what you THINK of the issue. Or if you have?
post #53 of 101
I am interested in other opininions besides yours. That's why. Thanks.

Seriously can anyone discuss this without becoming emotional?
post #54 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
~~~~~~~~ I AM pondering whether the commercialization and materialistic side of CD are defeating the purpose? ~~~~~~~~~
I think you can take it to far, but since we cant control what eachother do I guess all we can do is talk about it. I am one of those people who doesnt like to buy what she doesnt need. I try to keep things to a minimal and if I have something I am not using I try to either use it or give it to someone who can.

(edited because it sounded mean and like i was attacking people when really I was just making conversation)
post #55 of 101
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Originally Posted by pie
I am interested in other opininions besides yours. That's why. Thanks.

Seriously can anyone discuss this without becoming emotional?
LOL, who is emotional? I am just bored and want to talk. it is late at night and not a lot of people are on at this time(well it may b e early or even midday some places) but if you want to talk about it, around 7 EST is your best time to ask.

I guess Ill quit typing now since you dont want to have any sort of conversation with me anymore,

post #56 of 101
"I didn't say that cloth is thrown out. My question is why is the EXCESS necessary, and how is it justifiable OUTSIDE of it being a fun habit? And is that fun habit compromising the whole point of cloth diapering"

The excess is not necessary, and it can be considered a fun habit, but IMO, I dont think this compromises the whole point of cloth diapering. People cloth diaper for so many different reasons. Some do it to save $, some to save the landfil space, some so their kids bums arent blistered, some to bug their family, and some just because its so darn cute.
post #57 of 101
I am honestly not comparing CD to anything else. I'm not even complaining about excess.~~~~~~~~ I AM pondering whether the commercialization and materialistic side of CD are defeating the purpose?

I am pondering who decides the purpose of CD? I think we all personally decide. You cannot decide the purpose of cd for me, but only for yourself.

And for me it is in the excess!
post #58 of 101
I think every consumer market needs a viable 2nd hand market. So I do my part and buy used as much as possible. : I bought the baby one new AIO set and a few fleece covers- the rest in my stash is used. I've spent about 200-250 and really have enough to diaper 2 babies now. I intend to donate it all when I am done rather than resell.

Pie, I totally get where you are coming from. I think all the fluff out there is *amazing* and I have to hold my pocketbooks sometimes because I just want some of those pretties. But for me I have acknowledged that CD is (for me) about environmental issues above all else. It is also about simplifying and and getting spendy with diapers doesn't meet my consumer ideals at all.

I think though there are a great many who aren't cloth diapering purely for environmental or consumer reasons. To them, it won't matter. Many don't mind a more consumer driven lifestyle. It is just a matter of ideals and priorities. I'm glad to see high dollars going to WAHM's instead of Proctor & Gamble- you know? Even if I don't agree with the consumer aspect of the CD rave.

I also want to mention that Seepae is one of the few who routinely discuss the boring, simpler diapers with me when I post
post #59 of 101
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Originally Posted by SEEPAE
I think that there are probably some people who buy the nice fancy diaper and buy lots and lots of them to show off, why else would there be all these "look at my stash", "check out what we just got", "what are expecting in the mail or what did you get recently because this is what *I* got". I think it is human nature to try to impress other people.
I think I speak for many when I say you have it wrong when you say we are trying to impress each other. It's not bragging in a materialistic way, it's sharing the excitement of a fun hobby of collecting diaper art. Buying, selling, and trading dipes, for some of us, is for the sheer pleasure of admiring talented WAHM crafts. I have never been able to make anything pretty like a gorgeously sewn or knitted baby item, so I love to ooooh and ahhh over them, and then adorn my precious child with the wares I collect. I think I'm a happier SAHM with a stash I enjoy using, so that I enjoy every diaper change.
post #60 of 101
I have spent $106 even from our checking acount. Everything else has been traded for, or I sold other stuff to get the money for and then bought. I haven't added those amounts.
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