Posted by Cloth Diaper Blog Guest on 3/13/2008
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Earth Day is April 22, 2008 and there are many different organizations counting down, and planning events, for that day in the meantime. Challenges are being issued and topics are being discussed at the local and national levels. What are you doing? Did you ever consider that you can make EVERY DAY an Earth Day with a few simple modifications in your approach to the "stuff" you do and buy on a daily basis? You can.
Strong proponents of cloth diapering babies, we like to encourage parents and guardians to consider using cloth diapers as a way to cut back on the massive consumption of paper products and the growing landfills. According to the Real Diaper Association's Diaper Facts,
"Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste."
We've covered the topic of growing landfills more than once here at CDB. It is a real concern and a really simple way of making every day an Earth Day.In today's DryBees Press Release, customer April Willis of Beaver, WV, said the ease of use of cloth diapers and not needing to go to the local store for a weekly disposable diaper run is wonderful.
"I can't think of a better way to give going green a chance than adding super cute and soft cloth diapers to my baby's wardrobe," Willis said. "They're just so cute and I feel better about my small contributions to a greener Earth and my son likes his contributions to a rash-free heinie. Once I started putting him in cloth, I knew I was never going back to disposables."
An often belabored concern with going cloth is ease of use, but don't let that get in your way. Cloth diapers, unlike disposable diapers, offer an endless variety of choices. One of the more popular choices are pocket diapers. When demonstrating how to use pocket diapers, ]parents are surprised when pocket diapers go on baby with the ease of a disposable diaper - it's true, they do.Though some might want to challenge the environmental soundness of some cloth diapers, it is common sense that a single use item will never beat out a reusable item, when it comes to which is the greener choice.If choosing cloth diapers isn't your choice for Earth Day, then make sure you choose something else. EVERY DAY is an Earth Day and whether or not we want to claim responsibility for where the earth is headed, we still remain responsible.