Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fluff Talk Thursdays Banner & Happy Earth Day!!

What do you do to save the earth???  One of my biggest ways is to cloth diaper my little man.  I think that most of you have guessed that and many of you do the same. 

Here are some random facts that I found on Real Diapers Association:
  • Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S
  • In 1988, over 18 billion diapers were sold and consumed in the United States that year.4 Based on our calculations (listed below under "Cost: National Costs"), we estimate that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S
  • The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.
  • The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
  • No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
Isn't that crazy!!!  And there is more.. to read more go HERE!! I personally love cloth diapers and I admit the environment was not my first or even my second reason to use them.  I knew that I had a horrible time with rashes as a child and my mother used cloth on me.  I also loved how cute they were.  Then I was thinking of all the money and trips to the store I would save.  Honestly the environment was a wonderful side effect of my experience.  I am happy that I am doing something to help out. 

What do you do to help the planet??? I would love to read your comments about what you do.  And if you Cloth diaper to what was your first deciding factor and what sold you on cloth?

You can go to Happily Domestic and link up for the Fluff Talk Thursday and she is having a 1 day giveaway to for a smartipants diaper (I love this diaper).  You can check it all out HERE!! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for joining in. :-) This is great information, thanks for sharing. Happy Earth Day to you!