>> Monday, February 22, 2010
Mondays are challengicious at The Conscious Shopper. Here's your next trash-related challenge:
Green Your Diapers
To complete this challenge, you can...
- Switch to eco-friendly diapers. Look for chlorine-free and fragrance-free, and avoid sodium polyacrylate if you can. (Sodium polyacrylate is the chemical in the super-absorbent gel-like balls found inside modern disposable diapers, and some studies indicate that it causes infertility in boys. The jury is still out on this, so make your best judgement.)
- Use cloth diapers at home. If your daycare service won't accept cloth or if you just can't handle cloth on the go, be a part time cloth user - use cloth at home and disposables everywhere else. You'll still save money and reduce your waste line.
- Use cloth diapers full time. Modern cloth diapers are completely different from cloth of the past. You may be surprised how easy and convenient it is to use cloth.
And yet...I also think cloth diapers are the best choice for a Conscious Shopper because they save so much money. Later this week, I'll break down the cloth diapering money savings for you.
I know that this challenge is targeted at a very few of you readers. For those of you who haven't had kids yet, I hope you'll at least give cloth diapers a second look. And for those of you who are beyond this stage of life, use this week to take a look back at past challenges and reassess how you've been doing.
I've been using cloth diapers since First Son was just past two and Second son was approaching a year. Unfortunately, we've never figured out the nighttime cloth situation. I know other people are able to do it, but my boys have gotten crazy bad rashes from soaking in wet cloth all night.
So with Second Son and Third Son, we've done full time cloth until they started sleeping through the night, and then we switched to cloth during the day and disposable at night. My challenge this week is to give cloth at night one more try. But even if it doesn't work, I'm hoping to be diaper free within the next six months. (Fingers crossed for an easy potty training.)
For more specific information about greening your diapers, check out I Need...Diapers.
Will you take the challenge?
You have hereby been challenged to go green in a year without going broke! Check out the last challenge, or view the whole list of Challengicious Mondays.
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