As a parent, it is important that you are proactive to protect the health of your children, because a few proactive steps right now can support your child’s health for the rest of their life. Also, it is important to consider how your daily choices are impacting the environment.
One factor that plays a role in your child’s health and your impact on the environment is the type of diaper that you choose to use. Disposable diapers are convenient and easy to use, but they are also one of the worst things that can go into the landfill. The popularity of using disposable diapers has resulted in a situation where our landfills are filling up with these disposable diapers.
In fact, it is estimated that over 49 million disposable diapers are thrown away on a daily basis in the United States. Think about how much space that takes up in the landfill! These diapers account for approximately 2% of the total waste that goes into the landfills in the US.
Unfortunately, the disposable diapers are made to be durable and effective to prevent leaks, which means that they usually don’t have materials that decompose very well. So, when the diapers are added to the landfill, they sit there for a long time!
To make matters worse, disposable diapers are made with certain ingredients that are very harmful to the environment. Not only are you harming your child’s health by having these chemicals in contact with the baby’s skin all day long, but you are also harming the environment when the diaper is thrown away. These ingredients can leak into the soil and water, which can have a negative impact on animals, plants, and the environment as a whole.
These are a few of the harmful ingredients that are used in the production of most types of disposable diapers:
° Non-Renewable Petroleum-Based Products
° Gelling Materials
° Wood Pulp
Additionally, the process of making a disposable diaper causes “dioxin” to be released into the air. This toxin has been found to increase the risk of cancer and could potentially be dangerous to fetuses.
Now that you know the harmful impact of using disposable diapers, you need to take a proactive approach to change your daily habits. By switching the products that you are using, you can do your part to protect the beautiful world that we live in.
Some parents choose to use cloth diapers, and there are many options available if you decide that you want to go this route. But, re-usable cloth diapers can add more work to your busy schedule, and you might not want to deal with the hassle of using cloth diapers all the time.
If you don’t want to worry about cloth diapers, then you might consider using an eco-friendly brand of disposable diapers. These products are made with ingredients that are safe for your child and safe for the environment, and you don’t need to stress about the diapers sitting in the landfill for a long time.
Here are a few eco-friendly options that you might consider if you want to use disposable diapers:
Bambo Nature: This is the brand that I prefer to use, and I have found that they have worked well for my family. These diapers are certified healthy, free of dangerous chemicals, and eco-friendly. I love that they don’t use animal testing, and the diapers are free of skin-irritating perfumes and allergens.
Seventh Generation: The Seventh Generation brand can be found at many health food stores, making them easily accessible for many people. These diapers are made with wood pulp that is chlorine-free and the absorbent gel is nontoxic.
Broody Chick: This brand of disposable diapers is 100% compostable. So, you can use the diapers without worrying about accumulation in the landfills. As a result, you can enjoy a 90% reduction in greenhouse gases from the type of diapers that you are using.
Just because you choose the convenience of disposable diapers, doesn’t mean that you need to be putting your child at risk! You can enjoy the benefits of using disposable diapers and protect your child at the same time.
The most important thing that you need to do is ensure that you are using a safe brand that is created without the harmful ingredients that are found in most disposable diapers. You might need to try a few different brands to find the right product that works best for you, but you will be happy that you made the decision to protect your family and the environment.