|Jaycelyn - 8 weeks - First Cloth Diaper|
Thirsties Duo Diaper - Size 1
But environmental impact is an area of much debate in the cloth vs. disposable battle. Granted it takes water, and quite a bit of it, to wash cloth diapers (although with energy/water efficient appliances, it is becoming less and less). But can it really outweigh the emissions from manufacturing, shipping, and fuel for special trips to the store for disposable diapers? Nearta (a cloth diaper manufacture) has an amazing article on the effects of diapers on the environment chalk full of research (http://www.nearta.com/Papers/DiaperEnvironment.pdf). And this article from the Huffington post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-grayson/eco-etiquette-how-can-i-c_b_572807.html) that I found courtesy of Mama and Baby Love (see her article on cloth diapers here - http://mamaandbabylove.com/2010/05/16/why-we-use-cloth-diapers/) states that it takes 2/3 of a cup of petroleum for every single disposable diaper made. Unbelievable!