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Monday, October 20, 2008

Cloth diapers are bad for the environment

via Reason.com:

In related news, cloth diapers are bad for the environment, and the government doesn't want you to know about it. The pleasingly labor intensive and disgusting practice of using cloth diapers because they're better for the environment than those awful disposables manufactured in China by multinational corporations turns out to be a big lie. A government report showing that cloth diapers are bad for the environment was (God forgive me for this) leaked to a newspaper:

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has instructed civil servants not to publicise the conclusions of the £50,000 nappy research project and to adopt a “defensive” stance towards its conclusions....

To reduce the impact of cloth nappies on climate change parents would have to hang wet nappies out to dry all year round, keep them for years for use on younger children, and make sure the water in their washing machines does not exceed 60 degrees C.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do my share of recycling, but I drew a line in the .... against cloth diapers.

I did nurse both babies longer than most mothers do, so this was my contribution to the environment.

I also hardly needed those stupid and unhygenic pacifiers for the babies/toddlers.

I wish the government would help mothers to stay home longer so that they can nurse their babies, among other things. But that is another subject.

Mr. Beingessner said...

A quote from the study:

"Reusable nappies may reduce demands on landfill but they still impact on the environment in other ways such as water and energy used in washing and drying them."

However, ideally, we will be able to develop renewable sources of electricity. We won't be able to find more space to throw our garbage.