Diapers and Mother Earth

IMG_5832Once in a while, The Potty Fairy runs across some interesting and important information from other associations that care about children and our world.  Diaper Doom is just that group with an important message about disposable diapers that are highly intriguing and important for all of us to learn more about.  We hope you enjoy reading about this topic as much as we did!

Diaper Doom is our guest blogger this week:

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At what age did you start potty training your child? If you said between the ages of 2-3, then you’re not alone… in the United States, the average age is 2 ½ years for girls and 3 years for boys. That means that if your baby was wearing disposable diapers, they were being exposed to over 50 chemicals for up to 3 years because of their soft, sensitive skin!

American babies soil 27.4 billion diapers annually and generate 7.6 billion pounds of trash… that is enough garbage to stretch to the moon and back 9 times! Plastic disposable diapers take over 500 years to biodegrade in landfills which is so long that the diaper you wore as a baby will outlive your great- great- granddaughter!

Plastic disposable diapers should be a major concern for all parents because your baby is wearing them 24/7… during a vital time in their development.

Disposable diapers are made of both polyethylene and polypropylene… or in simple terms: PLASTIC. Polypropylene is actually the same plastic that is used to make grocery bags.

Your baby’s diapers being made of plastic should be a problem to you for a number of reasons:

First, it takes one cup of crude oil to make the polyethylene plastic for one baby: that adds up to 3.4 billion gallons of oil every year to supply diapers to all babies… enough to power 5,222,000 cars!

Second, plastic retains body heat so when the plastic diaper is constantly rubbed against your baby’s skin it creates a rash.

Third, most plastic is made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas which release toxic emissions when extracted from the earth.

Lastly, in order to make your baby’s diapers feel soft, diaper companies use a plastic softener called phthalate. It is concerning to you as a parent because of this chemical acts as an endocrine disruptor which can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and developmental disorders in your precious baby.

The most dangerous chemical found in almost every diaper brand on the market today is dioxin: a carcinogenic chemical that is a toxic byproduct of the paper- bleaching process. In addition to cancer, dioxin has also been known to cause birth defects, skin and liver disease, and genetic damage in lab animals.

We try to protect our babies from as much as we can… but should we really have to worry about their diapers too?

Disposable diapers on the market today are scarier than attempting to potty train your baby! Do we want our children to live in a world stinking of diapers and covered in plastic? Diaper Doom is an advocate for ending the use of plastic disposable diapers because we can’t stand the stench any longer! We feel it’s time to air out the disaster that is the diaper industry! Follow @diaperdoom to keep up with our mission… something has got to change!

At what age did you start potty training your child? If you said between the ages of 2-3, then you’re not alone… in the United States, the average age is 2 1⁄2 years for girls and 3 years for boys. That means that if your baby was wearing disposable diapers, they were being exposed to over 50 chemicals for up to 3 years because of their soft, sensitive skin!

American
babies soil
27.4 billion diapers annually and generate 7.6 billion pounds of trash… that is enough garbage to stretch to the moon and back 9 times! Plastic disposable diapers take over 500 years to biodegrade in landfills which is so long that the diaper you wore as a baby will outlive your great- great- granddaughter!

Plastic disposable diapers should be a major concern for all parents because your baby is wearing them 24/7… during a vital time in their development.

Disposable diapers are made of both polyethylene and polypropylene… or in simple terms: PLASTIC. Polypropylene is actually the same plastic that is used to make grocery bags.

Your baby’s diapers being made of plastic should be a problem to you for a number of reasons:

First, it takes one cup of crude oil to make the polyethylene plastic for one baby: that adds up to 3.4 billion gallons of oil every year to supply diapers to all babies… enough to power 5,222,000 cars!

Second, plastic retains body heat so when the plastic diaper is constantly rubbed against your baby’s skin it creates a rash.

Third, most plastic is made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas which release toxic emissions when extracted from the earth.

Lastly, in order to make your baby’s diapers feel soft, diaper companies use a plastic softener called phthalate. It is concerning to you as a parent because of this chemical acts as an endocrine disruptor which can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and developmental disorders in your precious baby.

The most dangerous chemical found in almost every diaper brand on the market today is dioxin: a carcinogenic chemical that is a toxic byproduct of the paper- bleaching process. In addition to cancer, dioxin has also been known to cause birth defects, skin and liver disease, and genetic damage in lab animals.

We try to protect our babies from as much as we can… but should we really have to worry about their diapers too?

Disposable diapers on the market today are scarier than attempting to potty train your baby! Do we want our children to live in a world stinking of diapers and covered in plastic? Diaper Doom is an advocate for ending the use of plastic disposable diapers because we can’t stand the stench any longer! We feel it’s time to air out the disaster that is the diaper industry! Follow @diaperdoom to keep up with our mission… something has got to change!

 

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3 thoughts on “Diapers and Mother Earth

  1. My sister used cloth as well, When she used the it was 1990, they were plan white, you folded one diaper in thirds and put it in the middle of the diaper, then you would use one of the scariest safety pins I’ve ever seen. Now they are colorful and Velcro.

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