Monday, December 15, 2008

Why Choose Cloth Diapers?


It's Healthier

Disposables are laden with chemicals which have been associated with many physical problems. Diaper rash also increases with disposable diaper use due to allergies to chemicals, poor air flow and longer time spent in wet diapers which feel dry when wet.

Benefits the environment.

Cloth diapers are reusable. Quality cotton diapers will hold up for 75 - 100 washings (at minimum), and can be saved for the next child. Although energy is required for washing the diapers, it is a fraction of the energy used for disposables. Cloth diapers are also recyclable, making excellent cotton rags in their 'afterlife'.

Less expensive.

Many studies have compared the costs of disposables diapers versus cloth washed at home, and cloth diapers provided by commercial diaper services. Results vary, but most agree that the cost of cloth diapers, home laundered, is considerably lower than buying disposables. Estimates range from $800 - $1600 in savings over the 2 1/2 years, and 6000 diaper changes, of diaper use. Using a commercial diaper service, depending on which study you consult, is either comparable to, or a little less expensive, than using disposables.

Cloth Diapers save money and it's healthier for your baby. Which do you prefer cloth or disposable diapers?

1 comment:

  1. I am glad to see that you are a fan of cloth diapers. But have you ever thought about the WASTE that is caused by using disposable menstrual products — which are used once, then tossed into the environment? has recently posted a new Comparison Photo Page, which actually SHOWS (IN PICTURES) the amount of waste caused by ONE WOMAN’S tampon use in one month, one year, ten years, and forty years. (We based our photos on 18 tampons used per month, and calculated that most women menstruate for approximately 40 years.)

    Please take a look at these photos: .

    I think you’ll be shocked to see how much WASTE is created by using tampons. And I also think you’ll agree with me that these 4 photos are worth AT LEAST A THOUSAND WORDS!

    I hope you and your site visitors will enjoy looking at these photos. (Or maybe “enjoy” isn’t the right word! The photos are really horrifying in the amount of waste they show.)

    PS: We are in the process of putting together the figures for menstrual pad use.

    Thanks for taking a look!

    Julia Schopick
    The Keeper, Inc.

    PS: The Keeper, Inc., is the manufacturer of The Keeper Reusable Menstrual Cup. With proper care, one Keeper can last up to TEN YEARS. That’s quite something. (For those women who would rather use menstrual pads, there are reusable pads, as well. For an example, see .)