Disposable Diapers: Is There A Problem?

United States
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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@amnabas (10298)
• Karachi, Pakistan
28 Jan 16
Yeah that do effects the skin and cause allergy.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
Disposable diapers, I'm sure, cause more allergic reactions than cloth diapers.
@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
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.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
I have seen babies butts that are allergic to disposable diapers and the diaper rash is horrible, but the mother continues to use the disposable diapers and coats the baby's butt with diaper rash cream.
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@marlina (73883)
• Canada
28 Jan 16
We had 2 sons and use only disposable when going out.