After getting pregnant I began to research the many ways to have a kid in the most sustainable way. A part of this decision was to use cloth diapers over disposable diapers.
I choose to use cloth diapers since they are a better financial decision. I paid around $300 for my entire diaper stash versus the $20 a pack. Also, I don’t have to worry about the thought of those diapers slowly decomposing in a landfill for the next 250-500 years. I also don’t have to worry about the toxic chemicals being used in disposable diapers, such as dioxin – the worst substance known to man. Then factor in the resources disposable diapers use, which is, “Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.” That is a lot of resources for one child to use. Maybe the next therapy issue for future generations will be environmental guilt.
Maybe there is no good decision? Often when debating topics in my head there seems to be no good choice but one is better comparatively, or a lesser of two evils. I still like to think my decision for cloth diapers is best and the most sustainable decision for my family.