This post is part of the Real Diaper Facts carnival hosted by Real Diaper Events, the official blog of the Real Diaper Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cloth diaper education. Participants were asked to write about diaper lies and real diaper facts. See the list at the bottom of this post to read the rest of the carnival entries.
I've been cloth diapering my baby since he was a newborn. After much research there was no question that cloth diapers were in fact better for my baby, the environment, and my wallet. Cloth diapering is so important to me that I've even started an organization called The Cloth Diaper Revolution. Our main goal is to get more babies into cloth diapers, show mamas, mamas-to-be, and papas how insanely easy (and awesome) cloth diapering is.
Of course there always has to be someone against cloth diapering, and who better than Proctor & Gamble, the makers of Pampers. They have decided to come up with this myth vs. facts page that's full of lies to try to make people think their chemical burn giving diapers are a better alternative than cloth diapers. Well, P&G, The Cloth Diaper Revolution is here to challenge you.
Truth: Cloth diapers are better for my baby.
Disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin. What is dioxin? It's a carcinogen listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. Now having had cancer I can say I am extra cautious about stuff like this because I have been there done that, it's not fun, and why ould I put my baby at risk of having to go through a similar experience?
Not only do they contain dioxin, but the SAP (super absorbent polymer) in disposables (the gel that makes them super absorbent) is what as causing toxic shock syndrome from tampons.
Cloth diapers are fabric. No chemicals! You can even get cloth diapers in many organic fabrics such as organic cotton fleece, wool diaper covers, etc. I dare you to tell me your polyacetel gel beads and dioxin is better than an organic cotton fitted with a wool cover.
Truth: Cloth diapers are better for the environment than disposables.
Truth, truth, truth, truth x 1000! I hate the whole "well water is a precious resource argument". Yeah, water is important, but how much water do you think goes into making your plastic diaper? How many non-renewable resources are being used? You think they wave a magic plastic wand and your diapers appear!? NO! There are a lot of processes to making your diapers and they are far from eco-friendly. I make cloth diapers. Me, one woman. I make a lot of cloth diapers, and I guarantee my impact is far less than those of disposable diaper companies. Not only that but you throw plastic diapers in the TRASH. Trash = waste. I use my cloth diapers over and over again, and if I ever have another baby then I will use them then too, and finally when I am done using them I will give them to someone else who will use them. So, cloth diapers are 100% better for the environment.
Truth: Disposable diapers are harmful to the environment.
Disposable diapers take between 250 - 500 years to break down. No one ones for sure because no one has ever lived to tell the tale. Not only do disposable diapers last forever but even though all disposable diaper packages state that solid waste should be flushed and not thrown out, people just throw it out anyway. What's the point of using disposables if you can't just throw the poop out with them? Feces is hazardous waste, and bacteria from these diapers is making it's way into our water supply and air and spreading disease. But that's ok right? Cause a landfill is not part of out environment, and neither is our water and air.