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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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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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12:55AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:10PM PST on Feb 22, 2011

Please check out this cloth diaper photo journalism project I am trying to launch!

9:32AM PDT on Aug 31, 2010

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.

10:59PM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

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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9:34PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

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.

2:22PM PDT on May 16, 2010

Both my children used cloth diapers only.

4:37PM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

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!

2:17AM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

Holy ****, 3.5 million...

6:23PM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

I used both and liked both.

2:53PM PDT on Apr 3, 2010

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.

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