Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Real Simple Real Diapers Waste Reduction


I'm joining The Eco Chic for The Real Diaper Week Blog Hop!  The Real Diaper Week Blog Hop is the kick-off for the 2nd Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change which takes place world-wide on April 21st!  Feel free to join the discussion and link-up!  Join the fun and celebration of Real Diaper Week!  The link-up is at the bottom of the post!

Today's Real Diaper Week Blog Hop posting is about Waste Reduction with using cloth diapers.  A disposable diaper will sit in a landfill for over 500 years500 years!  A cloth diaper can be used again and again and again.

Back in February, I was perusing Facebook when I came across this awesome chart, "Are Cloth Diapers Really Better Than Throwaways?"  The chart was created by AppleCheeks.  I thought it was an amazing side-by-side comparison of using cloth diapers versus throwaway/disposable diapers.  It's clear, concise and easy to read!  If you're on the fence about using cloth diapers, maybe this chart may help you decide.  You really should just take a dive in the "fluffy pool."  The water is fine...

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Another way cloth diapers help the environment, is the fact that you can line-dry them.  Now, you don't have to have  a clothesline outside nor use clothes pins to line-dry your covers, inserts, pre-folds and other diapers.  You can simply run to your local Target, Wal-Mart or Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up a handy garment drying rack.  Another energy-saver would be using wool dryer balls in your dryer.  In case you're unfamiliar with using wool dryer balls, they are a natural solution for softening your clothes without harsh, yucky chemicals.  Made completely from wool, they help your clothes and cloth diapers tumble dry softly, and reduce the drying time by up to half. 

I have 7 wool dryer balls from two local moms in the Tulsa-area.  I'm all about supporting local businesses, so I was thrilled to purchase from Shauna with Bouncing Woolies and Somer with SomerKnits.  If you're interested in trying wool dryer balls, I'd check out the Bouncing Woolies web site and the SomerKnits web site.  

Join me tomorrow for another Real Diaper Week Blog Post! 

Happy Blogging!
Toni The Chic Momma

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