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<a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1702357,00.html?imw=Y" target="_blank">Thought everyone would be interested in this</a>. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>mamadelbosque</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/10267264"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">very cool! I still don't get the argument that 'disposables are greener'... it just makes no sense to me, but whatever!!</div>
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It does if you are comparing non-organic diaper service diapers with disposables because non-organic cotton uses an immense amount of nasty chemicals and services are generally required to wash diapers ~17 times before sending them out again (at least that is what was required in MN for services 14 years ago). Also, many power plants reclaim energy by burning trash as a fuel source and so if the disposable diaper is burned to produce electricity....<br><br>
bottom line is that there are many factors and each side picks & chooses which factors to consider to make their side look greener.<br><br>
In reality, it is a wash for the most part (quite literally <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) and this is according to environmental studies books that my husband had in grad school.<br><br>
ETA: I LOVE that this is in Time
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">very cool! I still don't get the argument that 'disposables are greener'... it just makes no sense to me, but whatever!!</div>
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Many years ago, buried under some dirty sposies is a study funded by Pampers that supposedly sposies use less water than washing machines. What they don't say is that the water used to manufacture sposies is dumped untreated into waterways, and contain dioxins and other nasties, while washing machine water ends up in either the sewage treatment plant, or in a septic tank. Besides, washing machines have come a long way in terms of energy and water use. Also, even if it were an equivalent amount of water, you don't throw your CDs away like you would a sposie, which takes up space in a landfill till the end of time festering with E. coli and diseases shed from vaccinated children in their feces.
 
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