I just recieved an email from my diaper service with some interesting specs! I had felt when I signed up for the diaper service that my environmental impact was greater because of the vehicles used to pick up and drop off our diapers each week. However, it may be slightly offset by the fact that the service is able to wash the diapers in larger loads, and using industrial washers! Here's the email:
Each baby using disposable diapers consumes over 2900 diapers per year. At 49 cents per diaper not only does the cost add up but our land fills fill up.
I know many of you have converted from using your own cloth diapers so I wanted to also share some information we received early this week on the Mom Show. Comparing those that wash their own cloth diapers to a diaper service, those that wash their own utilize 33% more energy and 1/3 more water. A diaper service is able to wash with industrial washers and save on the energy and water from washing in bulk. So congratulations for not only using cloth but for using a cloth diaper delivery service!!!
Thank You again for your commitment to us. We are all making a difference together!
“The Happy Nappy Family”
We found some quick literature below from an interesting web site Earth Easy (www.eartheasy.com) that you may find interesting, Enjoy!
“Diapers may not be an important part of most peoples' lives, and even parents with young children deal with diapers for only a few years. The environmental impact of the vastly popular disposable diaper, however, affects us all and is a problem which won't go away.
It 's estimated that 10,000 tons of disposable diapers are tossed into landfills each day. They can take up to 500 years to decompose! The manufacture of disposables uses over 1 million metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000 metric tons of plastic each year. Disposables are the diaper of choice for over 80% of North American parents.
Benefits of Cloth Diapers
Healthier. .Disposables are laden with chemicals which have been associated with many physical problems. Diaper rash also increases with disposable diaper use due to allergies to chemicals, poor air flow and longer time spent in wet diapers which feel dry when wet.
Benefits the environment. Cloth diapers are reusable. Quality cotton diapers will hold up for 75 - 100 washings (at minimum), and can be saved for the next child. Although energy is required for washing the diapers, it is a fraction of the energy used for disposables. Cloth diapers are also recyclable.
Less expensive. Many studies have compared the costs of disposables diapers versus cloth washed at home, and cloth diapers provided by commercial diaper services. Results vary, but most agree that the cost of cloth diapers, home laundered, is considerably lower than buying disposables. Estimates range from $800 - $1600 in savings over the 2 1/2 years, and 6000 diaper changes, of diaper use. Using a commercial diaper service, depending on which study you consult, is either comparable to, or a little less expensive, than using disposables.”
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HAPPY NAPPY Diaper Service
I have to give this company a plug. Only 23.95 per week!