Originally Posted by mommy2be
yes, i know there have been claims that there may be *trace* amounts of dioxin left from the bleaching process in sposies. since the diapers come into contact with the genitals, and some people worry about potential reproductive cancers...currently, there is no evidence that this is the case.
but also, like judy said, diapers are made to be changed...not sit on babys bum for hours after theyre wet...i change my ds at least every hour and a half...
most mamas i know of who CD use UNbleached cotton, organic cotton fibers and/or hemp. and as we have seen in many previous posts (and IRL), not as many mamas are as diligent about changing as you are!
there HAVE been studies, though, that directly link dioxin to endometriosis, which i personally suffer from. since it is also genetically linked (although not in my case - only my cousin and i suffer from it, coincidentally(?) being the 1st generation of sposie diapered babies in our family) i would never put anything with "trace" amounts of a known toxic substance on my DD. why play russian roulette with her future reproductive health? i also plan on serving her no meat for some time, if at all, and then only organic. same with dairy. as for breastmilk, i'm aware of the trace amounts that can be present but still must do the best i can for my baby - the alternative (formula) is no better. i also have switched to ONLY environmentally friendly cleaning products. i even try and dress her in as many organic fibers as i can.
my point: i try to reduce or eliminate where and when i can, not just toss my hands up in the air to say, "oh well, might as well just add more to the already unavoidable toxins in our environment"
i appreciate your knowledge on the subject and don't think you were being nasty at all. what you have to understand though, is that if you use sposies, you use the WHOLE diaper, not just the gel. so, while your original statement that gel isn't so bad may or may not be true, it doesn't then follow that sposies aren't so bad either. other than dioxin and any other chemical releases (from bleached cotton in sposies or any plastic parts) that occur in landfills, the gel in sposies only makes the diaper bulkier as it absorbs fluid. so, that tiny diaper you throw in the trash will expand exponentially when it hit the landfill, reducing space. now, you've thrown human waste (actually illegal because of how detrimental it is, but not enforced) into a landfill which most likely, will leak out of that diaper. if the landfill has any leaks (as is happening right now in my own town, with many reisdents private wells being tainted and them actually requiring bottled water) surrounding water sources are in danger of being poisoned. and then of course is the fact that diapers are made w/non-renewable resources...even if you firmly believe that the process of making or chemical release of sposies vs. cloth is equal, you can't argue that doing it time and time again for sposies is better than the minimal times it's done for cloth. if my cloth diaper and your sposie diaper contain the same amount of bad chemicals, non-renewable resources, etc...at bare minimum, my diaper is better because it is the first and last time it needs to be made. your diapers must be made over and over and over and over again.
not to be sarcastic, but would you seriously think of ingesting that gel or feeding it to your children because of claims it is "safe"? animals drink it? you can put it in flowers? my child and i are neither!
"not that bad" isn't good enough for me and my family, sorry. but i do appreciate what you're trying to say, and can tell you're being sincere and nice about it...i just find fault in the reasoning.