Cloth diapering…do it for the trees, and the babies!

Via Joana Smith
on Jan 13, 2009
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First rinse out any remaining poop.

Most poop goes into the toilet during the initial diaper change,

but sometimes there’s a little left…

It may sound gross, but we put 5 million tons of untreated waste

and 2 billion tons of untreated urine, feces, plastic and paper

into landfills a year! I hope that’s not your backyard!

Cloth diapering has come a long way since the 70’s.”

Tell your parents that when they ask if you’re crazy because you’re doing cloth.

(your babies will learn their colors too)

It takes 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture disposable diapers

for American babies alone, and untreated waste placed in landfills could contaminate ground water.

Disposable diaper advocates say that using cloth is not really better for the environment

because it uses energy.

But that makes no sense if you think about it-

The trees will tell you!

Cloth, do it for…

the babies!

Why not?


About Joana Smith

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9 Responses to “Cloth diapering…do it for the trees, and the babies!”

  1. Naureadvice says:


    thanking you for letting everybody know what kind of impact we are creating for nature to battle with..i think using cloth would be a better alternative…would really glad to know more enviromental facts which hampers our nature.. on webisite which deals in educating people on on CSR, green jobs, low carbon, ethical consumption, clean technology, waste management & global warming issues.

  2. Heather says:

    Reminds me of how crazy it seems whenever I’m walking along a hiking trail and see people scooping up dog poop with plastic bags. Great that owners are cleaning up after their pets. But how crazy is it to wrap poop in plastic before throwing it out, turning poop, which is biodegradable and which happens in nature all of the time, into another methane-producing landfiller?

    Cloth diapers also seem like they would be more comfortable, I mean, if I were a baby I’d rather have cloth wrapped around my sensitive tush than synthetics and plastic any day.

  3. Joana Smith says:

    Great observation, Heather. It’s funny how our acts of “civility” (like picking up poop) are actually irrational, when you look at it from the point of view of earth as a whole.

  4. Chuck says:

    I think you are on to something. You are noticing something that would seem a simple convenience that is a culprit on a grander scale. It could never be legislated (I guess) but conscientious living must mean having some understanding of the eventualness of everything.

  5. Anna says:

    you can always burn the disposable ones in your backyard.

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