The Wall Street Journal has reported that big diaper manufacturers are fighting to win over their best customers: new moms. They reported: “Winning over new mothers is critical for the diaper makers, because attracting women when their babies are young helps build brand loyalty through a child’s diaper-wearing years—and parents will change a baby’s diaper an estimated 5,000 and 7,000 times in the first two years of a child’s life.” Now that’s a lot of diapers.
So how are they winning over new moms? With environmentally friendly diapers of course. It seems that more and more moms these days are going green and making the choice to use either cloth or biodegradable diapers.
Biodegradable diapers, however, have been under harsh scrutiny. These diapers all contain super-absorbent gelling materials called AGM (Absorbent Gelling Material) which is linked to an increase in childhood asthma and a decrease in sperm count among boys. Environmentally, these diapers require just as much water, energy and fuel to produce a disposable diaper—leaving many to believe they offer no real environmental or health benefits. You can be sure that the big diaper companies do not want moms to know that!
While cloth diapers are and always have been the most eco-friendly, the jury is still out on whether cloth is truly greener. While cloth diapers don’t end up in landfills like disposables, they do use a lot of energy and water to wash.
Arguably, the kind of diapers you choose for your baby is one of the most important decisions you could make for the environment. Could it be that as parents of the 21st century, it’s our diaper-duty to go green?
Here’s the facts: The average baby goes through 5,000 diapers before being potty-trained. Because 95% of these diaper changes are disposable diapers, most end up in landfills.
So, what do you think? Which diapers do you side with? Disposable, Cloth, Biodegradable?