July 12, 2010 in Green Products
My little niece is almost 2 and she goes through 3-4 diapers a day now! When she was a baby the numbers used to be much higher and my sister was always looking for an alternative which made sense economically and environmentally. She has used cloth diapers as a replacement and what we discovered was it made better sense environmentally to use the disposable kind as the cloth one actually created a larger carbon footprint than the disposable one!!(Check out the video at the end of the post you will be surprised at what you learn!)
My mom says it gives parents a pass to take their time to potty train their little ones, she says in her childhood with out the security of the diaper most kids were potty trained by the time they were walking! Cloth diaper manufacturers do claim their users are potty trained a year earlier than disposable diaper users.
Disposable diapers made there appearance in various forms in the early part of the 20th century. In 1949 Johnson & Johnson introduced the first mass produced disposable diapers in the US. Since then it has become a staple in every babies life growing up. The US diaper industry is valued at 3.2Billion dollars annually; which amounts to around 18billion diapers which head to the landfill every year! Each one has an outer layer of waterproof polypropylene and an inner layer of fluff made from wood pulp plus super-slurper sodium polyacrylate (SAP) that can hold a hundred times its weight in water.
Those 18 billion diapers add up to 82,000 tons of plastic a year (want to calculate the amount of crude oil??) and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp — 250,000 trees. After a few hours of active service these materials are trucked away, primarily to landfills, where they sit, neatly wrapped packages of excrement, entombed undegraded for several hundred years. In raw form sewage is illegal in land fills, some how with diapers it is kind of over looked too!
World over all countries now have access to the disposable diaper which is seen as a boon to new parents who then don’t have to worry about leaks and mishaps. Approximately 50million diapers are said to be ending up in waste dumps world!
gDiaper the Green Diaper
Anyways coming to the Earth friendly diaper The gDiaper The most eco-friendly diaper available, gDiapers provides parents with a diapering solution that is good for babies, parents and the planet. You can have the flexibility of a disposable diaper with a 100% biodegradable gRefill, or opt for re-usability with super soft and trim-fitting gCloth inserts.
What makes them special?
- g stands for green diapers. gDiapers are breathable, 100% biodegradable diapers you can flush, compost or toss. gDiapers are designed to keep your baby dry and comfortable and the planet a little happier.
- Home compost, toss, or flush the biodegradable gRefill for the smallest footprint on earth. gDiapers break down in 50-150 days.
- gDiapers are plastic-free, elemental chlorine free, latex free, and perfume free.
- Comes in 2 options – Choose from two guilt-free options: biodegradable diapers with our biodegradable gRefills or reusable cloth diapers with our gCloth inserts.
- The company also has machine washable and colorful diaper covers which they call gPants to use with the gDiapers.
The gpants which are 92% cotton, 8% spandex, no elemental chlorine, no perfumes, no latex and no guilt, comes in 3 sizes small, medium and large – priced at 101$ for a pack of 6 and are on sale now for$70.00
The grefills and diaper cloths are priced from 15-30$ depending on the size and number of pieces in a packet.
I find the product very interesting and am recommending it to my sister, it is nice to start a Green life style real early, and cotton am sure should be much more comfortable for my little niece What do you think? Live Green!
Source for Pictures and Information on gDiapers, refills etc >> www.gdiapers.com