Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin. Dioxin is an extremely toxic, cancer-causing chemical that is found in disposable diapers as a result (by product) of the chlorine bleaching process.According to the Environmental Health Perspectives: There is “No Evidence of Dioxin Cancer Threshold” and “the range is consistent with a threshold of zero” – meaning there is no evidence of an acceptable or safe level of exposure to dioxin. Dioxin is cumulative and slow to disintegrate.Meaning no matter what level of Dioxin is in disposable diapers they are highly toxic to a child and can cause a range of issues including infertility, hormonal changes, diabetes and developmental delays.
Sodium polyacrylate is a super absorbent polymer (SAP) that can absorb 300 times its weight in tap water. It is the “diaper gel” found in wet diapers. It can absorb 800 times its weight in distilled water because of the lack of minerals. This super absorbent polymer is added to diapers in its granular powder form and turns into a gel-like substance once the diaper becomes wet. This product was removed from femine items such as tampons in the 1980’s due to it causing Toxic Shock Syndrome in woman.
These lotions often include petrolatum, essentially the same substance as Vaseline, which has the potential to be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil, according to the U.S. Environmental Working Group, an organization that devotes itself to educating consumers about health hazards posed by a variety of products
Many disposables also add fragrance to their diapers to mask fecal odors or chemical odors, which in many cases contain phthalates, the class of chemicals known to disrupt the endrocrine system. That's the strong smell that diapers often give off when newly opened.
95% of Americans use 1.5 Billion disposable diapers per year. To produce this requires 300 LBS of Wood, 50 LBS of Petroleum, 20 LBS of Chlorine & 1 Billion Trees are used each year. Even with the water hungry crop, cotton, cloth diapers require less renewable resources to manufacture & use.
Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest waste largest contributors just after Newspapers & Plastic Bottles. Untreated human wasted including feces & urine, which is illegally dumped & forbidden by the World Health Organization, which can leak contaminating water, spread diseases.
Disposable diapers use 230% more water and 350% more energy than manufacturing, using & washing cloth diapers. From birth to potty-training in a high efficiency front loading washer will use approximately 10,000 gallons, equivalent of flushing a toilet 5 times a day.
1.9 Million Families Struggle with Diaper Need
5.6 Million Infants & Toddlers Living in Low Income
4000-6000 Disposable Diapers Used Each Year, Per Child.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FAMILY USES CLOTH DIAPERS
With clean, renewable cloth diapers families no longer have to struggle with budget issues. The money previously spent on disposable diapers can be used for basic necessities including food.
Heath issues are reduced with the use of cloth diapers. The ability to have more frequent changes reduces skin irritations, bladder issues and increases potty learning behavior.
The time that a family uses driving to and from stores, local churches, disposable diaper banks to acquire diapers is greatly reduced. That time can now be spent with their children.