I am obligated to cite the page http://www.earthbaby.com/diaperfaq.html
so that they get credit for this! Go visit their site!!! They're a great company!
It takes one cup of crude oil to make just one disposable diaper.
Did you know?The skin temperature of a baby in a disposable diaper can heat up to 104 degrees in less than a hour.
The average disposable wearing baby will create two tons of bio-hazardous waste that will sit in a landfill for hundreds of years.
Disposable diapers add artificial chemical absorbents such as acrylic acid polymer salts to their all wood pulp padding in order to increase absorbency. These granules turn into gel when they come in contact with moisture. This gel, which is linked to toxic shock syndrome, ends up on your baby.
Cloth-bottomed babies potty train and average of a year earlier than their disposable wearing peers.
$$$$$ The average cost of disposables was estimated recently in Consumer Reports as being between $1500 and $2100!!! Cloth is a small fraction of that, and our top quality diapers and covers will probably last through all of baby's future siblings, and can be passed on to friends and family.
The production of disposable diapers consumes an inordinate amount of resources and energy adding 2.8 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper to landfills annually. Besides filling dwindling landfill space, disposable diapers endanger health and the environment, especially the health of sanitation workers. The potential for disease to spread via ground water has also been cited.
Disposables are the third largest source of solid waste.
Babies in cloth have about a 7% incidence of diaper rash. For babies in disposables the rate is 78%!
It takes a billion trees every year to produce disposable diapers for the Earths' children.
Cloth Diapers smell better! Disposable diapers get very stinky after a day or two, we think you'll agree, even after a few days in the diaper pail, used cloth diapers and wipes don't really smell that bad at all!
Your baby will spend the first two to three years of life almost constantly in diapers. Do you want to spend the next two or three years wearing wood pulp, plastic and acrylic acid polymer salts. Don't you think cotton would be nicer? We sure do!
Contemplating dinner and trying to figure out just where the HECK I put that loaf of bread (honest, I put it in the fridge, and now it's gone, just disappeared!),
ps: caroline: crying cockles and mussles, alive, alive-o....