After reading the following information you will be asking "Why wouldn't I use cloth diapers?"
For Your Baby's Comfort
Our 100% natural cotton diapers feel extra-soft against your baby's delicate skin. Not only does the breathability of our cotton nappies allow air to circulate through the diaper, but it also evaporates any ammonia released in the baby's urine, helping to reduce diaper rash. Our meticulous cleaning method enables us to control pH levels and permits us to match our diapers pH to baby's sensitive skin, which also helps in reducing diaper rash. A cloth diaper is just another piece of clothing for your baby. When choosing what is most comfortable against our skin, the clear winner is cloth rather than a hard chemical laden plastic diaper.
For Your Baby's Health
Who knew that a disposable diaper could cause so many health problems? Here are just a few reasons why disposable diapers are healthier then their chemical laden counterparts:
Disposable diapers contain chemicals
*SAP (Sodium Polyacrylate), a super absorbant polymer, (the gel you see when you cut open a wet diaper) was banned from tampons in the 1980's because of its possible link to toxic shock syndrome (TSS). This polymer which is in most of diapers, (even the clorine free brands) can absorb 100 times it's weight in water, which makes your baby feel dry but it often mistaken for cleanliness.
*Dioxin is a by-product of the paper bleaching process and has been found in disposable diapers. It can be found in various forms and has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin disease (EPA "Integrates Risk Assessment for Dioxins and Furns from Chlorine Bleaching in Pulp and Paper Mills").
Potty Training: Babies who cloth diaper tend to toilet train up to a year earlier then babies in disposables because they know when they are wet. Here's an excerpt from the New York Times Article ("Two Experts Do Battle over Potty Training." The New York Times, January 12th 1999) to prove their point:
In 1957, 92 percent of children were toilet trained by the age of 18 months, studies found. Today the figure of 2-year-olds is just 4 percent, according to a large scale Philadelphia study. Only 60 percent of children have achieved mastery of the toilet by 3, the study found, and 2 percent remained untrained at the age of 4 years.
For Your Babies Environment
Each child in disposables goes through 1 ton of diapers in his/her first couple of years on earth. Each of these diapers takes up to 500 years to disintergrate. As of twenty years ago, there were 18 billion disposables being put in landfills each year (EPA, "Positive steps towards Waste Reduction." June 1989). Obviously, that number has increased with our population growth, and currently there could be an upwards of 27 billion put in the landfills in the US alone. These diapers constitute an estimated 30% of all biodegradable waste.
Before a single-use diaper even gets put on a child, they have already left a footprint on the earth. In producing of single use diaper, it takes 3.5 times the energy, 8 times the non-regenerable raw materials, and 90 times as much renewable material as cloth diapers (The Landbank Consultancy Limited. "A Review of Proctor & Gamble's Environmental Balances or Disposable and Re-usable Nappies," July 1991).
In making of diapers for 90% of U.S babies, 250,000 trees are sacrificed (Jane McConnell, "The Joy Of Cloth Diapers. Mother: May/June 1998, issue 88). Along with trees, each diaper uses one cup of crude oil to be produced. To diaper a child in disposables for one year, it will take over 5 barrels of crude oil! And then there is plastic-roughly 286 lbs of plastic are needed to diaper one baby for one year. For one baby in disposables for one year, it will also take 440-880 lbs of wood pulp. For cloth diapers, it only takes 11 lbs of cotton to diaper a baby for 2 years! Keep in mind these cloth diapers will go on to be used as rags once they are no longer suited for the child.
Some may argue that the energy and water it takes to launder cloth diapers makes their environmental impact equal to that of disposables. Letting Nature's Premiere Diaper Service launder your cloth diapers uses less the 1/2 the energy and 75% less water than home laundering, due to larger load sizes and high effiency machines.
For Your Peace of Mind
The responsibility to care for Mother Earth belongs to us all. Whether it's recycling, using energy efficient appliances, eating local produce, or cutting back on water usage, we can all do our part to help create a sustainable environment for generations to come.
At NPDS, we not only genuinely care about your baby, we also care deeply about our planet. Everything we use from our high effiency commercial washers and dryers down to our non toxic chemicals, are done for the safety of your child and the conservation of our earth. We try to use reusable, recycled or biodegradable products in everything we do, from our business cards and now down to the bags we use to deliver your diapers. We are committed to helping our environment in any way we can. By supporting a local diaper service you are helping in more ways than just reducing needless waste our landfills, you are preserving a greener future for generations to come.