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Disposable diapers have a BIG impact on our environment. Did you know that your child's diaper will still be around when your child's great-great grandchild is in diapers??

Use cloth diapers and reduce your family's waste by 2,000 pounds per child! AND the waste water is going to the appropriate facilities for treatment and reintroduction to the environment - not sitting and decaying in a landfill full of bacteria-laden poop. Poop in landfills leaches into the ground water in the runoff. Poor fish!

There are a lot of reasons to cloth diaper, but you truly can be a step to changing the world just by changing a diaper.

Top Ten Environmental Reasons for Choosing Cloth Diapers

1. Disposable diapers use 2x as much water as cotton diapers.

2. Disposable diapers use 3x as much energy as cotton diapers.

3. Disposable diapers generate 60x more solid waste than cotton diapers.

4. Disposable diapers use 20x as much raw materials than cotton diapers.

5. 250 million trees per year are destroyed to make disposable diapers - approximately 4.5 for each
baby who uses them.

6. It takes between 200-500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose.

7. Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills** and represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste.

8. 1 ton of garbage is created for each baby who uses disposable diapers. (1/3 lb diaper x 6000 changes)

9. 1 cup of crude oil is used for the plastic in 1 disposable diaper.

10. 18 billion disposable diapers are used in the U.S. each year...that's enough to stretch to the moon and back 9 times.




Think your diaper choice doesn't have an impact?
1 Baby (using 4 disposable diapers a day over 3 yrs) uses:
*1,898 pints of crude oil
*715lbs of plastic
*4.5 trees
*500+ years to break down in our landfills


The sources for the facts listed above are the following: Sierra Club, Californians Against Waste, Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Agency, Lehrberguer Report on the Impact of Diapers on the Environment, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense Fund, Center for Policy Alternatives. **2007 EPA Municipal Solid Waste Fact and Figures page 81