The Green Diaper Experience: 13 Ways to Make Cloth Diapers Even More Eco-Friendly
Looking for a green diaper experience? Check out our top tips to help you be more eco-friendly and to further reduce your cloth-diaper footprint.
By choosing to use cloth, you are already choosing a green diaper.
Cloth diapers reduce landfill waste and prevent dangerous chemicals
such as dioxins (commonly found in paper products) from being released into our environment.
If you're really not sure if
cloth diapers are really better for the environment, read more about
cloth as an eco-friendly diaper choice - we think you'll like the idea of cloth even more by the time you're done!
12 Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Diapering Experience
Want to be more eco-friendly? Here's some ideas to
help you further reduce your cloth-diaper footprint and “go green”! So, bring it on - an environmentally friendly
- Try buying or selling used cloth diapers
– try consignment shops, Kijiji and Craigslist or Mom to Mom swaps.
While you’re at it, consider second-hand clothing and other gear for
baby as well. There are lots of quality used baby clothing and gear
stores out there, and many parents are happy to find a new home for
their gently-used goods since charitable organizations such as Goodwill
often have policies that do not allow them to accept these donations!
- Choose unbleached and organic materials.
- Use cloth wipes rather than disposable. You can even make your own cloth wipes - and while you're at it, get a small travel wet bag to take cloth wipes with you on day trips.
- Rely on the power of the sun rather than chlorine bleach to
remove stains (while you’re at it, switch from chlorine bleach to oxygen
bleach for all of your household cleaning needs)
- Line-dry or try a spin-dryer.
- Choose environmentally-friendly laundry detergents, such as the all-natural Nellies (our favorite!)
- When you can afford it, replace your old washer and dryer with energy-efficient front-load machines
- For eco-friendly power, consider offsetting your energy usage
with carbon credits, or source your electricity from a green energy
supplier such as Bullfrog.
- For a really green diaper experience, re-purpose old inserts
for cleaning rags, and for natural fiber (cotton, hemp, bamboo, not
microfiber!) shred and add them to your compost once they reach the end
of their useful life.
- Support local cloth diaper manufacturers and retailers to minimize transportation
- Consider switching to on-demand tank-less water heaters, which
use less energy, and install low-flow toilets to save water when you
- If you can sew, you can minimize your footprint by your own cloth diapers from re-purposed household materials, including old bed sheets, cotton t-shirts, towels, and wool sweaters. Check out our section on Making Diapers for patterns and tutorials.
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friends. Together, through our cloth diapering experiences we can make a
difference for our kids and our grandkids!
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