By Olivia Lasting, aka This West Coast Mommy
Here at Omaïki, our goal is to change the world, one diaper at a time. That’s why we’re so passionate about reusable cloth! We love that more and more families are choosing to use cloth diapers. Ever wonder why?
To find out, we asked 160 moms why they chose cloth diapers. Most moms had several reasons, but when asked for their most significant reason, the most common answer at 48% was to save money. While it’s true that cloth diapers have a greater upfront cost, the savings over time are sizable. The average baby will be in diapers for two to three years, but once you’ve bought your diaper stash, you can wash and reuse your diapers throughout that entire time. Even when you add optional accessories like a wet bag and washable diaper pail liner, the cost is still significantly less than the ongoing drain of purchasing disposable diapers every week. Omaïki diapers can be used over and over again and through multiple children which saves even more money.
20% of moms said that they chose cloth diapers for environmental reasons. The average baby will need around 6000 diaper changes. 24 cloth diapers will replace thousands and thousands of petroleum and paper-based disposable diapers going into the landfill. Yes, there are still environmental costs associated with cloth diapers, particularly the water and energy needed to wash and dry them, but those are significantly less than the environmental impact of the energy and resources used to manufacture disposable diapers and to transport them to and from consumers. We think reusable wins hands down!
And then there’s the disposal problem. In households with a baby in diapers, dirty diapers make up to 50% of household waste. Over 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped into landfills in the US and Canada every year, and those diapers can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. In comparison, a cloth diaper will biodegrade in less than a year. Because very few people flush solids down the toilet, those soiled disposable diapers often contain fecal matter while can leach bacteria into the soil and ground water. Yuck!
16% of the moms we asked said their top reason for choosing cloth was to minimize their babies’ exposure to chemicals in disposable diapers. Most disposables contain lots of unpronounceable chemicals like sodium polyacrylate (the blue crystals found inside disposables), xylene, ethylbenzene, styrene, isopropylene, and dioxins, chemicals that have been linked with long-term health effects. We prefer soft, natural cloth on babies instead! And in a related vein, 7% of moms said that they chose cloth because their babies experienced rashes and allergic reactions to disposable diapers. Many moms find that switching to cloth reduces or even eliminates diaper rash.
Finally, another 7 % of our moms told us that it was the ease and convenience of using cloth diapers that convinced them. They love having fewer blowouts (no more dreaded pooplosions!), no running out of diapers at an inconvenient time, and no emergency trips to the store.
Why did you choose cloth diapers? How can we help you be successful in your cloth diapering journey?
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