Where do the diapers go that we throw away?
My mom said we could fill a whole landfill with all of the diapers I am using. Is that where trash goes? Do my diapers stay there forever? That sounds stinky, all of my diapers in the land of fill. Maybe it’s a country, I’ll ask grandma next time she comes. And if all of my friend’s diapers go there too, will we run out of room for all of them Uh oh, sounds bad. I want a cloth diaper, that’s one made of a soft fabric.
I want to pick out fun colors and shapes on my diapers, just like my mom and dad. But they don’t hav fun animals on theirs, I want animals on mine. I love penguins. Maybe I can have my own drawer full of diapers that I can wear each day Then when I am done, we can put them in the washing machine, just like mom and dad’s underwear. It’s always fun to watch the clothes spinning and flying around in there. And when it’s all clean, my dad puts the clothes in folded piles for me to knock over. It’s so fun, I don’t know why he gives me the face. It’s really funny.
If I could have diapers that I don’t have to throw away, I would be excited to wear them. Then maybe I will be ready to go potty soon and wear some big boy underwear! I can’t wait to be a big boy. If I can have my own real diapers, I will wear them again and again. My mom won’t have to keep buying my diapers like she does now. Mom and dad come home with boxes and boxes of them. Then all of the diapers disappear and they come home with another box for me. If my mom doesn’t need to buy me diapers anymore, maybe we can go buy something fun, like a toy or a treat! She will save all of her pennies, I think that will make her happy too. Maybe she can buy something for her. I’m going to ask her.
According to “Real Diaper Association”:
- Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.
- It takes an estimated 250-500 years for a disposable diapers to decompose in a landfill.
- Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S
- Each baby will need an estimated 6,000 diapers during the first two years of life.