Disposable Diapers: Is There A Problem?
By Alice Henry
January 28, 2016 1:03pm CST
Disposable Diapers: Is There A Problem? I never used disposable diapers on any of my children. And I potty trained them right away, before they were two years old. I have five children, with a set of twins. From the National Association of Diaper Services; Ohio State University; and the Environmental Industry Association, came this incredible report about disposable diaper use in the U.S. in the year 2005 18 billion – is the estimated number of disposable diapers used in the U. S. annually. 70 - is the number of diapers used weekly by the average 6-month old. $39 - is the amount spent by families on diapers per week per baby 5,000 – is the number of diapers per child before achieving toilet training 3 million tons – is the amount of municipal trash consisting of diapers yearly (about 1% of all garbage, going to landfills. Now, multiply that by 40+ years. That’s 120 million tons. MIND-BOGGLING This is an incredible amount of garbage that could be eliminated. The disposable diaper companies would suffer, but think about the overall cost of disposable diapers to the environment. I had one woman tell me that her child was allergic to cloth diapers. That's like saying they were allergic to cotton, which I suppose could be true, but more likely, the child was allergic to the detergent used to wash the diapers. What do you think?
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28 Jan 16
I agree with you. I did use disposable diapers when on vacation (traveling). I too have five children. They were all trained by two. None of this, four year olds in diapers. One of mine was allergic to the disposable diapers. It was not a big deal. I used cloth. And the cloth diapers now are overpriced and impractical as well. A piece of flannelette, 24"x30" dried quickly and absorbed a lot.