A few of my diaper-enthusiast friends and I decided to team up this month and do a kickass giveaway — the Cloth Diapering Essentials Kit!
Cloth diapering can be a little overwhelming at first, but there is so much great info out there about what to buy and how to make it the easiest you can for yourself. And let’s face it, cloth diapering has come a long way, baby!
When my Mom cloth diapered my sister and I, there were all sorts of pins and rubber pants and stories involving dunking dirty diapers in the toilet. No thank you to that!
I love the idea of cloth diapering to save the environment!
- 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used in the US each year, and even though the instructions tell us to discard the poo in the toilet before chucking the diaper… an overwhelming majority of people don’t do that.
- No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated that it takes somewhere between 250-500 years!
- The manufacture and use of disposable diapers results in the use of 2.3 times more wasted water than cloth diapers!
- Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR!
I also love that cloth diapers are better for our babies!
- Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S..
- Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) – a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.
- Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.
- In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis.
Last but not least, I love that cloth diapers are cheaper than disposables!
- It is possible to buy a generous mix of prefolds and diaper covers for about $300, most of which will probably last for two children. This means the cost of cloth diapering is about one tenth the cost of disposables.
- For disposable diapers, the average child will cost about $1,600 to diaper for two years in disposable diapers, or about $66 a month.
Now, check out the amazing items in this giveaway!
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A winner will be chosen via random.org on May 1, 2014. We will announce the lucky winner on May 1st. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to an email with his/her full name, address, and phone number. There is no purchase necessary to win. This giveaway is open to everyone in the US and Canada!
**Do we have any Canadians? In Canada you have to have some kind of skill as part of the giveaway. Please make sure you answer the skill question in the rafflecopter.