are you worried about the environment?

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Germany
April 24, 2007 8:46am CST
global warming and other environmental issues are getting more and more attentions these days, do you give them thought as a parents?
4 responses
@mememama (3077)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I'm glad they are getting more attention, maybe people will start thinking about it more. I was raised by a hippy, so I knew how to sort recycling at a young age, garden, etc. I still do all of that, plus I use cloth diapers and wipes on my son. I think parents need to think twice about how much they are contributing to landfills when they use disposables.http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php In 1988, over 18 billion diapers were sold and consumed in the United States that year.4 Based on our calculations (listed below under "Cost: National Costs"), we estimate that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.13 The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.4 Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.4 In 1988, nearly $300 million dollars were spent annually just to discard disposable diapers, whereas cotton diapers are reused 50 to 200 times before being turned into rags.4 No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.5 Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.5 Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.3 The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.3 Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.6 In 1991, an attempt towards recycling disposable diapers was made in the city of Seattle, involving 800 families, 30 day care centers, a hospital and a Seattle-based recycler for a period of one year. The conclusion made by Procter & Gamble was that recycling disposable diapers was not an economically feasible task on any scale.17
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• Germany
25 Apr 07
thats one amazing fact, i knew that disposable diapers took more than hundred years to decompose but still i'm using diaper for my baby at night. Ive sacrifice a bit in not putting diaper on him in the morning. thanx for the info mememama
@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I think everyone should and not just parents. I recycle and do other thing and tech my children to do the same. I hope everyone who reads this starts to help if they are not already. Remember it's the little things that help.
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• Germany
24 Apr 07
Yes you are right we can do our little share in taking care of the environment! thanx for responding
@gabesmom (1246)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I am worried about global warming. It doesn't seem like an individual can change the world just by doing little things but if everyone is aware of the danger and contribute in his own little way, then we may have a chance. Time Magazine dedicated an issue to global warming a couple of weeks ago. There was a list of 51 things that you can do to make a difference. Surprisingly, most of the items are simple things that would not only help the environment but also save you some money. It includes using energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances, paying bills online, taking public transportation, using less paper, turning off the light and planting trees.
@tyuepsc (189)
• China
24 Apr 07
actually the problem is so huge involved all the human being in the global, so why are you worring about something you can have nothing to do. Just enjoy your life and take care of your children, that's fine!Put off such topic that not depending on individuals