Cloth Diapers Save Money Cloth Diapers are Easy to Use Cloth Diapers for Sensitive Skin Cloth Diapers are Reusable Cloth Diaper are Green

Cloth Diapers Save Money

One in three US families struggles with the cost of diapers having to make a tough choice between food and diapers.  However, laundering a load of cloth diapers can be very inexpensive, and the savings over time is significant. This savings is even more impressive when the same diapers are handed down to younger children. Read more on washing and care of cloth diapers.

 

 

Cloth Diapers are Easy to Use

Modern cloth diapers can be as simple as using a disposable.  With sewn-in absorbent inners, waterproof outers, and velcro tabs, many are a snap for even daycares or secondary caregivers to use without special instructions. Read more about the variety of modern cloth diapers available. 

Cloth Diapers for Sensitive Skin

Many of the families we serve have switched to cloth due to their child’s sensitivity to disposable diapers.  With so many different fabric choices, some stay-dry, some natural bamboo, hemp, or cotton, there’s something for even the most sensitive skin with cloth.

Cloth Diapers are Reusable

Many cloth diapers fit from 8lbs to 35lbs.  That means that once a family has a set of cloth diapers to use, they don’t need to continue getting diaper donations every week.  The versatility of cloth also allows families to use the same diapers for multiple children, lessening the impact of the initial investment.  In our experience, single cloth diaper can easily replace 1,000 disposables before it’s completely worn out. 

Cloth Diaper are Green

We take pride in accepting donations of cloth diapers, saving these reusable items from the landfill and passing them on to those who need them.  Even once completely worn out, a cloth diaper will compost in a landfill over a matter of months, as opposed to centuries.

Cloth diapers don’t have to be all-or-nothing

While some families choose to use cloth or disposables full time, there are many families who use both!  Some cloth families prefer to use disposables at night, or when out and about, or at daycare, or just when they want a break from laundry!  That’s okay!  Cloth isn’t an exclusive club, we promise!

At the end of the day, we realize that cloth diapering may not be the best choice for every family, but we think every family, regardless of their income, should be able to make the choice of what’s best for them.  We strive to provide both the knowledge and support to make cloth a possibility.  We believe in whatever gives a family financial freedom, whatever gives them the most quality time with their little ones, and whatever helps them rest easy at night, knowing that their baby is clean and healthy.  Our biggest goal is to help put diapers on babies.

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SINGLE USE DIAPERS

CONSUMPTION

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.

LANDFILLS

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.

WATER

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.

WHAT IS IN A SINGLE USE DIAPER

Dioxin

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

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.

Petrolatum

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

Phthalates

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.