Monday, May 19, 2008

How to Green Your Baby

Did you know that your baby will use approximately 6,000 diapers before toilet training, and that disposable diapers take 200-500 years to decompose? Consider using cloth diapers or biodegradable diapers. Cloth diapers aren't what they used to be. No more sticking the baby with diaper pins or sagging. bumGenius's all-in-one cloth diapers offer stretchy tabs with hook and loop fasteners. Washing cloth diapers does take water, energy, and chemicals (not to mention time), but you might want to consider the benefits of a laundering service. One study found that home-washing cloth diapers has only 53% of the ecological footprint of disposables, and if you use a diaper laundering service, that impact is halved again.

Biodegradable diapers are made with plant-based plastics, are non-petroleum based, and are compostable. While not degradable under landfill conditions, there are other options to compost them such as using a composting toilet, an earthworm system, or a highly active and properly conditioned composting area. Hybrid diapers, like gDiapers, have removable inserts that can safely biodegrade when flushed.

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