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Did you know it takes 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose in our landfills? By using cloth diapers you can make a significant impact on our environment. Here are some other ways to make a difference!

How Cloth Diapers Reduce Your Baby's Carbon Footprint

Using cloth diapers means your baby is doing his part to help reduce vs. create household waste. Plus, you:

  • Prevent thousands of unnecessary diapers from entering our landfills.

  • Eliminate the need for repeat manufacturing processes to make, package and transport diapers to stores over and over again.

  • Limit the amount of raw materials and natural resources, such as crude oil and trees, needed to make your baby’s diapers.

  • Reduce your household’s waste, using less energy for trash trucks to haul away your baby’s diapers each week.

  • Use a renewable resource (water) to wash and reuse your diapers—just as you wash and reuse your clothes and dishes


If you want to make your cloth diapering experience even greener, consider these suggestions:

Hang Dry Diapers
You’ll save electricity and shave off a few bucks on your electric bill.

Use Cold Rinse Cycles
Use cold water to rinse your diapers and hot water only for washing.

Use Less Detergent
It only takes a ¼ of a cup of detergent to launder cloth diapers.

Order Locally
Order from a cloth diaper store closest to your home so the diapers don’t have to travel cross-country. Combine your order with other area moms to get bulk discounts too!

Have a 2-3 Day Supply on Hand
More diapers on hand means you’ll need to do less laundry. Order a 2-3 day supply of cloth diapers so you can wash them every other day. Environmental Bonus: They’ll last longer too since you’re using/washing them less!

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
Front-loading machines use 65% less energy and a third less water. Key things to look for in a good energy efficient washing machine include:

  • Heating System: Buy a washer that heats only the water it uses rather than heating the entire household water tank.

  • Less Water: Some machines only require as little as 14 gallons a cycle and do the same job as rival machines.

  • Fast Spin Cycle: The faster the cycle (at least 900 rotations/minute) the better water will be extracted from the laundry and less time the clothes need to dry.

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