Can you imagine what the world will be like in 2500? That's 490 years from now. Well, if the disposable diapers we throw in the trash every day could talk, they will be able to tell us. That's right, in 500 years the diapers we are wrapping around our babies' butts will still be around. Gross!
The whole idea of throwing stuff "away" really gets to me. What the heck does "away" mean? It means out of sight: out of mind. It means, it's wrapped tightly in a sealed plastic bag and carted away in a big stinky truck, and therefore I no longer have to think about it. It certainly doesn't mean away, because it's still there. And in Calgary, it's actually pretty close to home: Spyhill Landfill is just up the road from me. And in the landfill approximately 2.1% of the piles are made up of peed and pooed in disposable diapers.
Now, I'm a realist. I understand that in today's day and age there are times when I need to use those handy little disposable diapers. I've run out of diapers in the mall and needed to beg other mothers for diapers from their strollers. I've been on holidays where finding a place to do laundry is impossible, and carting around 24 dirty diapers is a little more than inconvenient. Still, I try not to just do what little I can, but everything I can, and so, for a multitude of reasons, I choose to cloth diaper my babies bums. And, I love it!
If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing today's cloth diapers, let me assure you, they are not what they used to be. While the old prefolds with pins and covers are still available, there are so many other wonderful options that cloth diapers are really every bit as convenient as disposables these days (minus the whole washing them part - but it's not that bad, I promise). The cloth diapering world is really very vibrant right now. I'm not sure if the recession has made more people explore cloth because it can be so much cheaper than disposables, or if people are becoming more environmentally friendly, but there is certainly a big industry in cloth diapers right now.
That being said, it didn't surprise me one bit when I saw this this week (not my picture, I got it off the webernets):
Despite their cuteness, I still maintain that there is nothing cuter than a fat little cloth diapered butt! Seriously. Who can resist this:
If that cute bum doesn't convince you, here's an article with even more reasons to go cloth!