- Reducing landfill waste: Disposable diapers create a significant amount of waste that ends up in landfills, where they can hundreds of years to decompose. In fact, every single disposable diaper that has been produced is still on this planet. In contrast, cloth diapers can be reused many times, often times being passed down to younger siblings, reducing the number of diapers that end up in landfills.
- Saving water: While it's true that washing cloth diapers requires water, it's important to remember that disposable diapers also require water to produce. In fact, it's estimated that it takes about 37 gallons of water to make a single disposable diaper. The water used to wash cloth diapers is significantly less than the amount of water needed to produce disposable diapers.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Disposable diapers are made from materials that require significant amounts of energy and resources to produce, such as petroleum-based plastics. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are made from natural materials like cotton, which requires much less energy to produce.
Cloth diapers are not only adorable and and stylish, but they're also one of the most environmentally-friendly diapering options available. Here is how cloth diapers directly benefit the environment: