While we are not disposable diaper experts, we have done a little reasearch – and thinking – on this topic.
No, disposable diapers aren’t the worst thing around. They’re convenient, easy to use and require no additional time or resources (i.e. water or detergent) to care for them. It’s a dream for today’s busy mama who doesn’t have time to think about diaper duty.
Waste: Babies create a lot of diaper waste – usually 12 or more diapers per day for the first six (6) months and then about eight (8) diapers or more until potty trained. Your trash cans will be filled over and over again. You will be taking trash out until the cows come home! Consider the wastes of an increase in trash: (1) Each load will waste another plastic bag that took oil and other natural resources to create; (2) The trash truck will use more gas and energy to haul away more trash because of you; (3) Repeat 1 and 2.
Natural Resources: Diapers not only require trees and other natural resources to manufacturer time and time again, but they also require new packaging with each purchase. This, in turn, means the use of more oil for shipping loads of diapers at a time to stores across the country. You then waste more natural resources (oil) to get to the store to buy those natural resource suckers.
Chemicals: While the chemicals in diapers may or may not be harmful to your baby’s health, if you’re not willing to take any chances, perhaps ditching disposables is best for your family. You eliminate exposure to chemicals like bleach, dioxins, tributyl-tin and sodium polyacrylate. Our philosophy, if you can’t say it and don’t know what it is, why would you let your baby sit in it for 24 hours a day, each and every day?
The truth is that you should pick the diaper option that suits you best and works for your family. While we prefer cloth, we know disposables are an option that suites many families just fine, if you don’t mind the waste, use of natural resources and chemicals, that is!