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I don’t think that anyone can effectively argue the fact that cloth diapers produce less waste in our landfills than their disposable counterparts. I remember using disposables for the first 6 months of K’s life and the amount of trash that we were bringing outside every few days was staggering! I knew that something had to give. Little did I know how that one decision would be the gateway to eliminating other waste in our house.
Since we started using cloth diapers, we now also use:
- Cloth wipes
- Biodegradable soap nuts
- Wool dryer balls
- More rags and less paper towels
- Reusable shopping bags
- A clothesline in nice weather (for regular laundry, not just cloth)
- Menstrual cups (this actually happened prior to cloth diapers)
I don’t plan on stopping there! I would eventually like to start using reusable sandwich bags, further reduce my dependency on napkins and paper towels, and maybe use family cloth (for #1 only).
While some sources still want to argue about the environmental impact of cloth vs. disposables, there is no denying that while you may be using more electricity and water than if you used disposables, there are many other ways that cloth diapering helps the environment whether it’s directly related to cloth diapering itself or not. Cloth diapers make you more crunchy in other aspects of your life even if it was never your original intention.