… 460 more years. I know I’m preaching to the choir with you awesome cloth-loving mamas, but I wanted to give you some real numbers to work with when your friends act like it’s crazy to use cloth when disposables are so convenient. Would they tell you it’s insane to buy REAL dishes instead of using paper plates at every meal? I don’t think so, and disposable diapers are even worse to throw away. They are made of paper and plastic plus bleached wood pulp containing carcinogenic dioxin, the endocrine-disrupting polymer SAP, and human waste, which landfills aren’t designed to filter out. How long before that waste starts filtering into our ground water? Maybe it’s there already.
Disposable diapers theoretically take 500 years to decompose, which means that the very first disposable diaper created 40 years ago is still sitting happily balled up in the landfill under the heaps of other disposable diapers that are added to the pile every day. It will decompose by the time your great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren are born. I think long before then we will have stopped the madness of throwing away 1 ton of trash and human waste per kid per year, don’t you? I sure hope so.
Cloth Diapers for 3 kids: 29 reusable one-size diapers + cloth wipes and diaper pail, two pail liners and two wet bags (many variations on number of diapers needed, but this is the basic idea)
Total Waste for Cloth: one garbage can of cloth thrown out every 7.5 years
Total Cost for Cloth: $600
Disposable Diapers for 3 kids: 24,638 diapers
Total Waste for Disposables: 7.5 TONS of trash that will take 500 years to decompose
Total Cost for Disposables: $7500