When most people think of cloth diapers they probably assume that it’s something that only crunchy, treehuggers do. In our 1st Annual Cloth Diapering Pulse Survey it was surprising to find that 52% of parents surveyed (sample size 500) decided to use cloth diapers primarily for the cost savings. Only 22% of those parents actually said that being more eco-friendly was their primary reason for using cloth diapers.
We regularly ask questions on our Facebook wall to find out what the habits of our customers are and a lot of parents explain that because they use cloth diaper they have found themselves being more open to other eco-friendly parenting styles.
5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Waste at Home
- Cloth wipes – once you get the hang of using cloth diapers adding reusable cloth wipes isn’t that much more work.
- Un-Paper Towels – paper towels are typically only used for a few seconds before they are tossed. Investing in a few kitchen towels and wash cloths can reduce your kitchen waste significantly.
- Ditch the water bottle – bring along a reusable tumbler or water bottle and you’ll never again have to buy bottled water (which typically comes from your local water supply anyways).
- Reusable menstrual products – that’s right mama’s, there are reusable mama cloths and menstrual cups that are more eco-friendly (and healthier for you) than those paper pads and tampons. It might be a rather large leap for you but most mama’s never look back!
- Eco-friendly lotions and body washes – did you know that many popular baby lotions and soaps contain parabens and other chemicals that have been known to cause cancer? You can read more about hidden toxins in your home by visiting Healthy Child Healthy World.
What other ways have you found to go green? Are you more open to being more eco-friendly after using cloth diapers?
Have you heard about the Great Cloth Diaper Change yet? Leading up to Earth Day (April 22nd) the Real Diaper Association (a non-profit cloth diaper advocacy group) is hosting Real Diaper Week (April 16-21st) and the 2nd Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (April 21st).