Wednesday Product: Cloth Diapers

Why use cloth diapers?
What should be of serious concern to all parents are the toxic chemicals present in disposable diapers. Dioxin, which in various forms has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, skin diseases, and genetic damage, is a by-product of the paper-bleaching process used in manufacturing disposable diapers. Trace quantities may even exist in the diapers themselves! Dioxin is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals. 

Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) - a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals. Disposable diapers also contain sodium polyacrylate. If you have ever seen the gel-like, super absorbant crystals in a disposable, then you have seen this first hand. Sodium polyacrylate is the same substance that was removed from tampons because of its link to toxic shock syndrome. No studies have been done on the long-term effects of this chemical being in contact with a baby's reproductive organs 24 hours a day for upwards of two years. Studies have also been done to show that the chemical emissions from disposable diapers can cause respiratory problems in children. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are free of the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers. 

According to the Sustainability Institute, eighty percent of the diaperings in the United States are done with disposables. That comes to 18 BILLION diapers a year, just in the U.S. alone! These throw-away diapers require thousands of tons of plastic and hundreds of thousands of trees to manufacture. After a few hours of active service, these used diapers are trucked away, primarily to landfills, where they sit as neatly wrapped packages of excrement, entombed or mummified, undegraded for several hundred years. The idea of a "disposable" diaper is a myth; the ramifications of which will stay with us for centuries to come. They are the third largest single product in the waste stream behind newspapers and beverage containers. The urine and feces in disposable diapers enter landfills untreated, possibly contaminating the ground water supply. When you consider the unnecessary depletion of our valuable forests, the huge volume of garbage created, the toxic air and water pollution, and the potential health risks to children, it is very difficult to comprehend how washing and reusing cloth diapers could ever be considered an inconvenience. They are a rewarding investment all around - a financial investment, an investment in our children’s health, and an investment in our planet. 1

 bumGenius Cloth Diaper with Snap Closures - Grasshopper

Cloth diapering has never been so easy! The durable snap closures help keep diapers on and the easily replaceable elastic keeps diapers looking new. This cloth diaper is trim, snug and comfortable with stretchy tabs that provide a custom fit and a waterproof insert stopper that helps prevents leaking. Diapers are bundled with an insert for newborns and a one-size insert for your growing baby. The wide slot opening makes it easy to stuff and remove insert and the slot cover protects your baby from wetness. When your baby outgrows the newborn insert, it works as an overnight booster or as extra absorbency for heavy wetters. This cloth diaper's 3" x 3" snap-down design adjusts the sizing to fit small, medium and large sizes (approximately 7 - 35+ pounds). One size fits all. Machine wash. Imported. Available from Bed, Bath & Beyond. 2

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