- Most are bleached which produces dioxin, a highly toxic byproduct of bleaching.
- Every year, around 82,000 pounds of plastic and 250,000 trees are used to make disposable diapers for American babies. (FYI, plastic is made from petroleum)
- Emissions from the plastics and fragrances in disposables are linked to respiratory problems and symptoms of asthma.
- Contain sodium polyacrylate crystals which have been linked to toxic shock syndrome, allergic reactions and is very harmful and potentially lethal to pets.
- According to the EPA, some dyes and dioxin are known to cause damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.
- Untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers is a possible danger to contaminating ground water.
There is much debate regarding cloth diapering and if it is actually more eco-friendly than disposables. The thought here is that the amount of water and energy used to wash cloth diapers negates their benefits. I don't know, I think using a little more energy to wash a cloth diaper is better than all the oil and chemicals that get used to make disposables. Which will then end up in landfills for years upon years. Even those that are biodegradable can't really decompose in a landfill since there is a lack of oxygen. To make washing diapers more eco-friendly, use an energy star, high efficiency washer when possible. They use a lot less water and energy. Line dry you diapers instead of using the clothes dryer (a major energy hog). And do not use chlorine bleach. Instead opt for a chlorine-free bleach like ones made by Seventh Generation and Ecover.
What do you think? Which is better?