Thursday, November 15, 2012
In the past 50 years the amount of garbage produced each year has more than doubled. Disposable diapers are one of the largest individual items found in the landfill. By choosing to cloth diaper you can reduce your family’s ecological footprint. Not only is cloth diapering beneficial in reducing waste, but it also reduces the amount of energy expended in manufacturing. Cloth diapering products made from natural fibers come with added benefits to the environment.
Disposable diapers have been around a long time now, but not long enough for anyone to really know how long they take to decompose. Estimates have been in the range of 250-500 years. There are an estimated 27 billion disposable diapers used in the United States every year, most of which ends up in a landfill. Over time this adds up. Add to that the amount of energy and resources it takes to create disposable diapers. A year’s worth of disposable diapers for one baby requires 300 lbs. of wood, 50 lbs. of petroleum and twice as much water as required for cloth diapering.
If you choose to cloth diaper for environmental reasons you will want to consider wool cloth diaper covers like the EcoPosh Diaper Cover. Wool is a renewable fiber obtained from sheep. Each year sheep regrow their wool and have it removed without harm to them. Wool covers can be reused and in most cases can also be used for younger siblings that come along. Wool doesn’t require washing after each use because it is naturally antimicrobial. Just air dry between uses and wash when soiled or after 1-2 weeks of use. Biodegradable wool is Mother Earth friendly. As a natural fiber wool has other benefits as well. Naturally breathable, it allows air to circulate while keeping your baby cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Wool is a thirsty fabric and naturally water repellent. When the diaper inside is soaked the wool cover will absorb up to 30% of its own weight. This makes it an excellent choice for nighttime or heavy wetters.
EcoPosh Diaper Covers are pull-on wool cloth diaper covers. They go on your baby like a comfortable pair of shorts. Made out of 100% knit wool this naturally stretchy cover comes in two sizes designed to fit from 8 lbs to 35 lbs. A beautiful umber color makes this a stunning choice. Use it over fitted cloth diapers, a fastened prefold diaper, or as extra protection for naps or nighttime. It is easy to wash. Just hand wash with wool wash ever 1-2 weeks or when it is soiled. Lanolize your EcoPosh Wool Cover once a month to keep the natural fibers in good shape.
As parents we can make choices to help protect Mother Earth. Using cloth diapers is a great way to reduce the amount of garbage your family produces as well as the amount of energy used in manufacturing. Choosing cloth diapers made from natural fibers like wool will benefit the environment even more. Give your baby a quality natural fiber diaper cover and take a big step toward protecting Mother Earth. You can find EcoPosh Diaper Covers readily available at Thanks Mama.