Mindful Parenting: Disposable Baby Diapers vs. Cloth Diapers.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 12, 2008
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Until the 1970s, everyone, everywhere used and reused cloth diapers. They’re still available through diaper services. “Reusable or disposable?” is probably the most important health/environment decision parents can make.

Your average baby uses 5,000 diapers. Each year, the equivalent weight of 1,000,000 Indian elephants are tossed. Smushed in landfills, mercury and dioxins (chlorine) leak into our water supply—accumulating in animals and humans and upping child asthma and cancer rates. 

Still wedded to the convenience of one-time-use diapers>? Get these hypo-allergenic, dermatologist tested, latex- and TBT-free dioxin-free diapers. The next seven generations of babies will say, “ugga bugga.” 


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Mindful Parenting: Disposable Baby Diapers vs. Cloth Diapers.”

  1. Sultana says:

    Hi! I found your blog when doing a search on cloth diapers. I wanted to let you know that you can get VERY easy to use cloth diapers from places other than diaper services. You can still buy the prefolds (what diapers services use), but you can also get much easier to use styles that close with velcro or snaps. You can check http://www.simplewondersdiapers.com to see many of the current styles of reusable diapers available now.

    And you are absolutely right – the diapering decisions each parent makes can have a HUGE environmental impact. Especially since each child diapered in disposables adds TWO tons of waste to a landfill.

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