- It takes 250,000 trees annually to produce diapers in the US or one-billion trees world-wide.
- Annually In Canada 75.5 million pounds of paper goes into the production of 1.7 billion disposable diapers and in the United States 800 million pounds of paper goes into the manufacture of ten billion diapers.
- Waste water from the production of pulp, paper, and plastics used in disposable diapers contains harmful ingredients such as dioxins, sludge, solvents, and heavy metals.
- A valuable, non-renewable, and diminishing resource, petroleum, is used to produce the plastic in the disposable diaper and in the packaging. 3.5 billon gallons of oil are used to produce 18 million disposable diapers each year.
- It takes a disposable diaper 500 years to decompose (contained in a plastic garbage bag and buried in a landfill).
- Chemicals used in disposable diapers: Sodium Polyacrylate - This is a super-absorbent gel that shows up as little crystals on baby’s skin. It has been found in the urinary tract of babies. It causes severe diaper rash and it may cause bleeding in the perineum and scrotal tissue. This chemical was linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in tampon users and has since been discontinued in tampon production. No mother would ever knowingly expose her baby to this toxic chemical, yet millions of mothers do for the first few years of their baby’s life, with babies at risk twenty-four hours a day, every day! Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) - This chemical off-gases vinyl chloride which is recognized by the EPA as a health hazard (remember when all the mini-blinds were recalled?) Yet this dangerous chemical is a recognized, acceptable component in an infant consumer product.
Well, these are just some of the downfalls of disposables. I spend a lot of time talking to mothers about this topic hoping they will choose to go cloth. I know I have converted a handful so far and hope for more. This Earth Day, I am hoping all of you out there will step up this effort as well. If you already are, keep it up! If not, pledge to yourself to start. I believe that being green, and making small steps to save our planet have to begin with something to encourage and inspire us. What better way to inspire than starting with Cloth Diapers!
If you are not a cloth diaper user, or even if you are, let me inspire you to take the steps to being green with this lovely Earth Day diaper!
How perfect would this be to show off at an Earth Day event? And what an awesome way to show that you are making a difference for this planet by using cloth! Not to mention I have been promising a baby related giveaway! Well, here you go just in time for Earth Day. Enter below and thank you for taking the time to visit. Hit the "read more" to get to the rafflecopter.
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