Real Diaper Week Day 2

Tuesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Waste Reduction

For those of you who are not aware it is Real Diaper Week. April 16-21. The big finale of Real Diaper Week is the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday April 21. There are several locations participating world wide to set a new Guinness Book world record. I encourage you to find a location near you and join in. I know the locations near me have extra people on hand to help out with parents who have more babies than arms.

So while I feel that the diaper waste reduction is quite obvious using cloth diapers as opposed to disposable, I will still take a brief moment to write about it anyway. I would like to help out promoting Real Diaper week. I think that awareness is key.

Clearly we all know that each disposable diaper taken off is thrown into the trash, or diaper genie, and ends up in a landfill. There are several things about this that could be cause for concern. I am just going to talk about a few.

One problem I have with this is that we as society’s have created waste treatment plants. They take the human waste from our toilets and remove the contaminants (human waste) and use it for suitable purposes (fertilizer). When you wrap up poop in a nice petroleum based disposable diaper it goes into a landfill. Where it sits, encouraged not to breakdown, (because that’s what landfills do) for an unknown period of time. Why not just put the poop where it goes for every one else? With disposable diapers being the third most popular item in landfills how much of that contains human waste which could be better disposed of and take up less space in our landfills?

The second problem I have with the disposable diapers is that they sit there. For hundreds of years. Really is there anything more to say than that?

Yes eventually a cloth diaper may end up in a landfill. Realistically how many, how often? A lot less, would be the answer to both of those questions.

I told you it would be brief. More just for thought.

Real Diaper Week Blog Hop

Tomorrow will be Wednesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Savings. I really love the cost savings so I am excited to post about this.

For those of you with babies in diapers I encourage you to check out a Great Cloth Diaper Change event near you. The locations near me have some prizes and goodie bags too.

Gwen

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