The solution?

I don’t really know what to do about diapers. The green in me wants to make organic cotton diapers and wash them at home, while the part in me that easily turns green wants to have as little contact as possible with any and all diaperly effluvia.

I’ve been almost won over to the side of disposable diapers… almost. The ability to just remove and toss is a simplicity to be admired, and the urge to shrug off the landfills as Someone Else’s Problem is very, very seductive when it comes to dealing with stinky diapers. They also have a lack of diaper rash going for them (because they’re so much more absorbent than cotton and wick away moisture). And besides, washable diapers aren’t perfectly eco-friendly either; they waste lots of water, and dump phosphates (from detergents) into the water.

But. But. Did you know it takes a diaper 500 years to decompose in a landfill? Of course it can take even a simple hot dog more than 50 years to do so – listen to WNYC’S Radio Lab episode on Detective Stories for that particular gem (come to think of it, listen to all the Radio Lab episodes because they’re the best radio show there has ever been). Hey, anything‘s pretty much going to have a tough time of it in an anaerobic environment like that. And that’s not even the complete environmental cost of the disposable diapers; the waste that their manufacture produces (all that plastic) has also got to be considered.

So ramblings aside, I think I may have found a solution. Behold the gDiaper, which combines the best of both worlds. The outside is reusable, while the inside liner – made exclusively of plant fibers – is flushable and guilt-free-disposable too. You can even compost the un-pooped ones in your own garden, supposedly (ick). But seriously, green + convenience. I’m diggin’ it.

And look, they’re so cute!

And they come in orange ! And green ! They’re not even much more expensive than the regular disposables – about 5 cents each (you’d think they had paid me to write this!)

I’ll probably get a starter pack and let you know how they really are in five months or so. In the mean time, if you find any other intriguing eco-options, be sure and send a link my way!

One Response to “The solution?”

  1. Alex Ball Says:

    Huh. None of the detergents (laundry or dishwasher) I use contains phosphates… You should buy better cleaning supplies. :-)

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