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Old 06-22-2010, 12:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello Hawaii residents! I need your thoughts.

I am moving to Oahu in September for at least the next three years. I currently have a newborn and 2 1/2 year old in diapers. We mostly cloth diaper except for when the 2-year-old is at daycare.

When I was in college I did a study abroad to Ireland and spent a weekend on the Aran islands. The hostel owner I stayed with was telling me how the annual tourists influx is a huge strain on the island's water supply. She mentioned that it is because tourists take "long showers" and "wash clothes/towels daily". She said it really upset the local population...

So here is my question: Do you think the extra washing of cloth diapers is more of a strain on the Hawaiin environment than disposables?

I know this is another state and not a foreign country, but there is definately a different culture than the mainland and I do not want to inconsiderate/wasteful while I am there.

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Here on Hawaii I know a lot of moms cloth diaper and I don't think the water use is as much of an issue as the waste issue. Obviously we only have so much space and have to take care of our enviornment, the water usage and the fact that it can be sanitized and conserved in general vs the obvious finite amount of space and ability to do away with trash is a bigger issue in my mind, but thats only my opinion.

I'm also not a local hawaiian, but a military wife so I don't know if my perspective even helps at all :/
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Here on Hawaii I know a lot of moms cloth diaper and I don't think the water use is as much of an issue as the waste issue. Obviously we only have so much space and have to take care of our enviornment, the water usage and the fact that it can be sanitized and conserved in general vs the obvious finite amount of space and ability to do away with trash is a bigger issue in my mind, but thats only my opinion.

I'm also not a local hawaiian, but a military wife so I don't know if my perspective even helps at all :/
Of course it does!

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I certainly think the reduction in waste is the most important thing. Hawaii ships its trash to other states. (some, not all of the waste)

I've never heard anything about tourism and our water supply honestly.

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we live on Oahu and we use cloth but we mostly EC. It is SO easy to do it here because it is warm. This way we use few diapers a day.
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