D is for Diaper With a Conscience

By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding up to approximately 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. Whether you choose cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable, you’re making a choice that has less of an impact on our planet. Green diaper choices.

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K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jamie W.
Jamie W.4 years ago

Please check out this cloth diaper photo journalism project I am trying to launch! http://kck.st/hvm3LT

Megan Poettgen
Megan R.5 years ago

We have cloth diapers that were used when I was a baby. My parents used them as burp rags for my other two siblings once disposeable diapers became more available.

Janice D.
Past Member 5 years ago

Even though,,im not yet a mother i am certainly aware of this issues.Good idea to replace it with cloth or the diaper you are using you can recycle it by getting the foams inside of the diaper and replace it with cloth.That way you can wash and dry it.And use it again!

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Andrea M.
Andrea M.5 years ago

The more I read about the expense and time it takes to care for a child makes me extremely happy about my long-ago decision never to have them.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago

Both my children used cloth diapers only.

Tracy Schaal
Tracy Schaal5 years ago

Good article but cloth diapers use A LOT of water to clean them. I researched a lot about this when I was pregnant. We ended up using G Diapers which are great because the liners are biodegradable - hurrah! However, when we moved to the UK they didn't have this but had diapers that were almost 100% biodegradable and wet wipes that were!

Kesa C.
Kesa Carr5 years ago

Holy ****, 3.5 million...

Jeni W.
Jeni W.5 years ago

I used both and liked both.

Gabi B.
Gabi B.5 years ago

And, there are Earth friendly disposables. As far as the waste, that can e deposited in the toilet the same as from a cloth diaper.
That simple action improves the oder in the hamper, as well as the waste in the landfill.