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Why Choose Cloth Diapers?
There are many reasons to choose cloth diapers for your baby:
- Cloth diapers are chemical free. Disposable diapers contain dioxin, a byproduct of the paper bleaching process. Dioxin is one of the most toxic carcinogens, which means it's known to cause cancer. It's outlawed in most other countries, but not in the U.S.
- Disposable diapers end up in landfills and take approximately 250-500 years to decompose. Your child, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren won't even be around to see that day, so why should a diaper you're throwing away today?
- Research shows disposable diapers and wipes make up a whopping 50% of trash in households with a child in diapers.
- Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp, in manufacturing. The manufacturing process also requires 2.3 times more water than cloth diapers.
- Diaper rash was pretty much unheard of before plastic diaper covers and disposable diapers came along in the 1940s. Today's cloth diapers don't use plastic pants; waterproofed breatheable fabrics are used instead.
- The average child will cost $1,600 to diaper from birth to age 2, and many children don't pottytrain until well after their second birthday. A stash of top-of-the-line cloth diapers costs significantly less than this AND can be used on other children in your home or resold when you're done with them.