Reduce, Reuse, Cloth Diaper
- Disposable diapers cost about $62.50 per month, $750 per year, or $1,500 over the full time a child is in diapers.
- Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.
- The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.
- No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.
- Buying cloth diapers for one child can cost as little as $300. Dividing those costs by two children then adding energy and detergent costs to wash diapers at home, the total cost of cloth diapering one child is about $450 over two years, which averages $18.75 per month or $225 per year.
*All info from realdiapers.org/diaper-facts