Choosing the Right Diapers

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When it comes to our kids, parents always want what’s best for them; that goes for diapers as well.

We covered the “green diaper dilemma” extensively in our previous article; parents want to be educated not only about health effects, convenience and price but also about the environmental impact of their decisions. It’s everybody’s choice to be green or not, but the decision impacts all of us.

Here are just a few basic facts about disposable diapers that every parent should know:

  • The average number of diapers used for one baby before using the potty (approx. 2.5 years) in the United States:  6,000.
  • The total amount of waste from disposables per child: 2.5 tons.
  • The time it takes for petroleum-based disposable diapers to decompose: 200-500 years.
  • The amount of disposable diapers used per day in the United States: 50 million.
  • The percentage of all babies in North America using disposable diapers: 90.
  • The number of trees that go into diaper production each year in Northern America: 1 billion.

In this video, green living expert Terri Bennett discusses current available options in baby diapers and shows how to find the right fit for your baby.

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