Diapers kept out of landfills by GNB customers as of October 1, 2010
There are so many reasons to cloth diaper! Many people first turn to cloth
because of environmental concerns, but there are also issues of health, convenience
(yes, really!) and cost to consider.
1. It's convenient
These are not your mother's cloth diapers! There are no pins, and with a diaper
service there is no rinsing or soaking diapers. You simply fold the diaper
in thirds and secure it with a cover that uses Velcro-type tabs. When you're
done with the diaper, just toss it in the diaper pail. Once a week set them
outside for us to pick up. No more running to the store when you realize
you're out of diapers! Click for more about how to
use a cloth diaper.
2. It costs the same or less than disposables
Many people assume a diaper service is costly, but we've tried to make our
service less expensive than using disposables. Of course, the savings depends
on which disposable you compare cloth to, but consider also that babies diapered
in cloth potty train up to a year earlier. That's an extra year's worth of
diapers and wipes you don't have to buy if you use cloth. Click
for a cost comparison.
3. It's better for the environment
It may not seem like much, one diaper at a time, but at a rate of 70 diapers
a week for 3 years, EACH child uses more than 10,000 diapers before potty
training. Disposables are estimated to take 200-500 years to decompose, which
means EVERY disposable diaper ever used is still sitting in a landfill! Each
year, about 1 ton of untreated waste is sent to landfills inside disposable
diapers. It takes oil, trees and energy to manufacture each diaper, meant
for only a single use. In contrast, cloth diapers are made from a renewable
resource, they are used multiple times, they have many uses once they are
retired from service, and they are biodegradable. Click
for more about environmental issues.
4. It's better for your
baby's health and development
There are about 60 different chemicals in a disposable diaper.
Don't take the risk of putting these unknowns in YEARS of constant contact
with your baby's sensitive bottom. Recent studies have already found links
disposables and asthma and male infertility. In contrast, cloth diapers have
been found to lower the incidence of diaper rash and lead to earlier potty
training – about a year earlier, on average. Click
for more about health and development issues.
There are side benefits, too
A cotton diaper isn't just a diaper. It's a burp cloth, a light blanket, a
changing pad, a hand towel, and lots of other things. It provides more cushion
for your baby's bottom. It also shows the world that you care to give your
baby the very best. It's much more fun to share the joy of cloth diapering
with other parents than to waste time clipping coupons for disposables.