The Great Diaper Debate

The great diaper debate – do you choose to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Many people know right off the bat what type of diapers they will use with their baby. If you are one of those people on the fence here is a good guide that reviews disposable diapers with cloth diapers.

As ABC News reported, “A new study released in England by a quasi-government environmental organization may dampen the debate even further. After a three-year, 200,000-pound (about $360,000) study, the London-based Environmental Agency concluded that disposable diapers have the same environmental impact as reusable diapers when the effect of laundering cloth diapers is taken into account.”

It is difficult to tell which is a better option but the best way to make a decision is to know your facts and then go with what will work best for you and your family.

Pros 

Cons

 

 

 

Disposable Diapers

  • Higher convenience
  • Lower up front cost
  • Fewer odor problems
  • Will spend an average of $1500-$2500 on diapers
  • Dioxin pollution
  • Pesticide exposure to baby and environment
  • Landfill pollution
  • Baby’s health consideration – no SAP’s in diaper
  • Resource consumption
  • Will spend an average of $1500-$2500 on diapers
  • Dioxin pollution
  • Pesticide exposure to baby and environment
  • Landfill pollution
  • Baby’s health consideration – no SAP’s in diaper
  • Resource consumption
 


Cloth Diapers

 

  • Smaller carbon footprint
  • No dioxin pollution
  • No pesticide exposure
  • Smaller resource consumption
  • Lower convenience
  • Higher up front cost
  • Financial cost – depending if you launder at home or use a diaper service