With more environmental awareness and parental concern about what we are putting in and on our children we see this dispute popping up over and over again!!! Diapers have been around for decades and as the years go by it is obvious how the trends change. Here are some pros and cons on the great diaper dispute from Eco life and Pampers.
Cloth diapers have been used by parents for centuries, and though they may not be quite as convenient as a disposable diaper, they do come with many health and environmental benefits—and could save you money, too!
- Carbon footprint: Have a smaller carbon footprint compared to disposable diapers if laundered in full loads, line-dried, and used for more than one child.
- Dioxin pollution: As long as the fibers used for reusable diapers aren’t bleached using chlorine, this issue is completely void.
- Pesticide exposure: Although this is a problem for reusable diapers made from conventional cotton, it is completely eliminated with organic cotton or alternative fiber reusable nappies.
- Landfill considerations: Not only does the average baby use thousands fewer reusable diapers than disposables, most cloth diapers are re-purposed after baby outgrows them as rags or sold to other parents for continued use, significantly reducing the landfill considerations.
- Baby health concerns: Reusable diapers are not saddled with problems from SAPs or dioxins and babies have fewer rashes with cloth diapers.
- Resource consumption: The per-diaper resource consumption for reusable diapers is much smaller than that for disposables.
- Convenience: Lower
- Up-front investment: Higher
- Financial costs: daily washing and tumble drying of your cloth diapers
Diaper Jungle points out that disposable diapers were available as a luxury item in the 40’s but during the 60’s and 70’s became much more affordable. By the 80’s and 90’s new technology made them lighter and more absorbent. The everyday convenience of these diapers made parents consume them like crazy!!! Here are some pros and cons of the disposable diaper.
- Ease of use, they’re convenient in traveling
- Have a snug fit so they leak less and are absorbent
- They can be thrown away after use and do not require washing
- Toddlers will not feel soaked so it can get more difficult to potty training
- Several parents found babies have more diaper rashes on disposable diaper
- Disposable diapers supply to the landfill and it can take hundreds of years to breakdown, this is high-risk for environment
- When compared to cost of purchasing cloth diapers, disposable diapers are more expensive of the years that your toddler will be wearing diapers
- The chemical utilized for the ultra- absorbency of the diaper, Sodium polyacrylate, sometimes can be bad for certain babies and has been connected with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and can cause allergic reactions