Great Cloth Diaper Change!

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Do you cloth diaper?
Have you THOUGHT about cloth diapering?
Would you like to meet other moms in the area that cloth diaper?

Do you know that using cloth diapers is CHEAPER than disposables? And better for your babies!
Have you ever wanted to help set a Guinness™
World Record?

For Earth Day, the International Cloth Diapering Community is going to be having over 400 events around the world to set the Guinness™ World Record for the most number of cloth diapers ever changed at once.

Green Lifestyle Consulting will be hosting a location at the Medford City Hall, here in Medford Massachusetts, with support from co-hosting a location with the Diaper Lab of Somerville, MA

Join us on Saturday, April 23rd at Noon EDT to set the World Record, meet other cloth diapering moms, learn about cloth diapering and be entered into the raffle to for the Grand Prizes at the Diaper Lab. The first 25 registered participants All attendees will receive freebies/swag and coupons courtesy of the Diaper Lab and many supporting companies.

Please register as soon as possible as we need to have at least 25 eligible participants for our location to count towards the record and the number of official, independent witnesses we need to arrange for depend on the number of participants. out location will only hold 50 adult-child pairs.

Registration and complete details are available at http://www.diaperlab.com/events/cloth-diaper-change.php

(Eligible participants must have 1 adult per child being changed, adult must be over 18 and child must be under 39 inches in length. Cloth diapers are available to borrow with sufficient advance notice.)

So why am I crazy enough to host such an event with an already full plate?

Recently I’ve been describing myself as a cloth diaper evangelist.  I feel strongly that cloth diapers are better for the environment, better for your baby and you, and cheaper overall.  If you know a few tricks, you can get started with cloth diapers for next to nothing.  Sure you have to wash them, but that’s a small sacrifice to make for all the benefits and diaper laundry is easy enough, besides Jon did it all for the first few months.

Cloth Diapers are Better for the Environment

In general, reusing something versus disposing of it after only one use is better for the environment.  By reusing cloth diapers time and time again, we avoid the added waste being sent to the landfills as well as the consumption of plastics and other raw materials that go into making disposable diapers.  Some facts about disposable diapers that may shock you:

  • From birth-to-potty training, each baby will need about 6,000 diapers changes
  • Disposable diapers take 250-500 years to decompose.

Cloth Diapers are Better for Your Baby and You

Most disposable diapers contain strong chemicals that absorb the urine and swell to many times their original size.  Some disposable diapers have caused chemicals burns on babies.  There was a recent push for Pampers to continue carrying the previous generation of diapers after numerous babies experienced the burns from the ultra thin diapers last year.  Even though all disposable diapers say to dump and flush the feces down the toilet, practically no one does causing a health hazard.  Here are a few facts we got from the Great Cloth Diaper Change materials that you should know:

  • Once they are used, roughly 90 percent to 95 percent of the 18 billion feces-and urine-filled disposable diapers enter the household trash stream and ultimately end up in landfills, creating an immediate public health hazard. Leachate containing viruses from human feces (including live vaccines from routine childhood immunizations) can leak into the Earth and pollute underground water supplies. In addition to the potential of groundwater contamination, air-borne viruses carried by flies and other insects contribute to an unhealthy and unsanitary situation. 
  • Disposable diapers expose babies to harmful toxins including dioxin, TBT and sodium polyacrilite and are linked to increases in skin sensitivities, respiratory illnesses and even declining fertility rates in males!

Cloth Diapers Cost Less

While you need to invest in cloth diapers upfront, in the long run you can save $1,000 or more dollars per child if you choose to use cloth diapers instead of disposables.  Average prices for disposable diapers run between 20-40 cents per diaper.  Over the typical baby’s progress from birth to potty training, he or she will need roughly 6,000 diaper changes.  If you go the disposable route that works out to $1,200-2,400 just for the diapers.  You can comfortably cloth diapers for under $500 covering the same period from birth to potty training.  Over that period you will need several sets of cloth diapers as your baby grows, but that is included in the $500 cost.

Recently a news report started circulating about how some people are so strapped for money that they are re-using disposable diapers because they can’t afford diapers for their children.  That really horrified me, in addition to the rest of the cloth diaper community, and I was really glad when Cotton Babies posted about how to make cloth diapers out of old clothes and blankets.

So, how could this cloth diaper evangelist turn down the opportunity to spread the word about cloth diapering and set a world record with fellow moms (and dads) around the world when we change the most cloth diapers at one time.

Join Us on Saturday, April 23 for the Great Cloth Diaper Change

Happy Greening,
Alicia



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Comments

  1. I want to try to make it, but I can’t promise I’ll be there. I’m currently cloth diapering 3 kids!

  2. Thanks for hosting such an important event. I just posted the link on Facebook and will tweet it too. Hope it goes well.

  3. Amy – Are they all under 39 inches? Can you bring 2 extra adults with you? If not, let me know at alicia@greenlifestyleconsulting.com and I’ll see if I can recruit some friends to change them for you! We’d love to have you!

  4. Groovy Green Living, thanks for the help! All my readers should click through to your blog and check it out!

  5. If I am able to come, I’ll have my husband with me. My older son may not make it, but he may. He’s definitely short for his age, only 42nd% but compared to the 5th% in weight I am happy!

  6. And I love diaper lab!

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