As the world is inhabited by more and more people, the Earth is under a lot of pressure from human intervention, destruction and pollution. To help keep the world livable in the future for my child, I would like to reduce my family’s ecological footprint as much as possible. Even though my efforts may be very singular and minimal, and will probably not make a lot of difference in the grand scheme of things, I feel that everyone should help in any way possible and also try to influence others to make eco-friendly changes.
Babies use up an enormous amount of diapers. Each child possibly uses 8 to 12 diapers a day, everyday, for at least 2 to 3 years. Say, we average it out and assume 10 diapers a day, the number consumed and thrown out can run from 7,300 to 10,950 diapers (for 2 to 3 years of use). Now imagine multiplying that with the number of babies and toddlers in your neighborhood to see how much diaper trash generated, just in your area alone. Then, think about how this is an ongoing phenomenon — I continue to spot pregnant women on a regular basis.
Nobody really knows how long it takes for disposable diapers to decompose, but it is estimated to take 200-500 years. We are talking about the popular diapers out there that you can easily buy out there, with a lot of plastic components as well as traces of toxins from the manufacturing process. There are more facts about why we should choose cloth diapers, but I will not bore you with all the statistics. I just want to bring out the fact that, if all of those disposable diapers ends up in landfills, we will be looking at increasing number of landfills and toxins seeping into the earth for decades to come.
I am not proud to admit that I am slightly opposed to the idea of cloth diapers simply because of the thought of handling the poopy ones. I am sure that most people will feel the same way. The idea of having to scrape poop off a piece of cloth and then washing said cloth in the washing machine where you wash your regular clothes is somewhat difficult to swallow. Because of this, I am also looking into alternative ways that will allow me to be more considerate on the environment. I have found that there are a few disposable options that can possibly be eco-friendly, so I am rounding up all the information I can find to make an informed decision on what diapers to use. (Stay tuned…)
I took their quizzes and was mortified of my results, which is why I am feeling even stronger about the need to make a conscious change in my family’s lifestyle to reduce our ecological footprint. The Earth is not getting any younger.
What is your ecological footprint? Have you been making changes in your life to reduce damage to the Earth? What are they?