We pay about $50/mo for water usage. I guess it's cheap here, because I have 3 kids, 1 in CD's and I do dishes, mop the floor, baths etc.
We do NOT water our lawn, I have let the kids play out in the sprinkler a few times this year but we don't have a little pool (i have been thinking about just filling up a rubbermade tub 1/2 full with water though!)
Before this house we had a well, so we provided our own water! LOL!
This is not aimed at anyone asking about the water issue, but you may use my point of view for doubting DH's, mother in laws, or your next door neighbor to get her on the band wagon too if you want!
But yes, water is an issue. And how much water do you think they waste at Procter and Gamble just to make these disposable diapers that end up in the landfill or worse Burned???? They use a heck of a lot more water to make them, plus Electricity, Timber, crude oil, chemicals, perfumes, gel beads..... The list goes on.
JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T SEE IT DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT THERE!
But just because we have to wash our clothes doesn't mean it's more environmental to use throw away clothes.
Compare it to paper plates. I know many mommies have a secret stash (I do
: ) to be used for "those days" when you're just not up to anything else. But we all know where these plates end up, and we also all know that these plates don't just fly down from heaven to land in our shelves. There are factories with little old ladies and men pumping out billions of plates made out of billions of tree guts, and billions of tons of water flushed over the tree guts to make paper, tons of Bleach and other terribly harmful chemicals being used to sanitize and bleach the plates, Tons of Electricity being used to run these Gigantic machines all day guzzling up tons of oil, and producing smoke. Well you can see what I'm aiming at.
And so maybe you don't use paper plates, but I'm sure you've gotten coffee lately in a cup you threw away, or drank water in a disposable bottle, or bought lunch in a styrofoam dish....
I know exactly where these trees are coming from. We live up North near the Canadian border and I used to sit outside with the kids and watch thousands of these logging trucks bring down more and more trees every day. I could sit there for an hour and see 10 trucks alone. That's only 1 road in 1 state in 1 hour or 1 day. How many babies are in this Nation today? Anyone know? Did you know that 90% of those babies are wearing disposable diapers? Yes the # is rising for cloth diaper users and this is the exact reason why, not the cost, not the cuteness,
Saving the Trees is our job. Why because our children want to be around to see them too.
using Cloth diapers in a fast paced world may seem silly at first until you learn that diapers today have kept up with modern society too. They are just as easy to use one you get a nice stash. Disposables are fine for short term use, that's what they were meant for!