Monday, August 07, 2006

Cloth, Disposable, or Flushable?

Yes, diapers. The long debate has been between cloth diapers and disposable diapers. Is it better to wash diapers or the thrown them into a landfill. I have felt guilty over both options for a long time. Neither seemed very viable - either you waste water or the diaper sits in a landfill for the next 500 years. What a choice - not a great one.

So, my happy suprise when I was looking through a bulk food catalog (for a buying club) and saw a new diaper product. Flushable diapers! I read about it and was impressed and decided to do a google search. There they were. Flushable diapers. The diapers were even certified as a "Cradle to Cradle" product.

Cradle to Cradle is a book by William McDonogh and Michasel Braungart which explains a principle of how products can be designed so that even after they are used for their original design, they can still provide nourishment for somehting new. They can be "biological nutrient" that wil lreneter the water or soil without toxins, etc. They can actually nourish rather than degrade!

So, I purchased the diapers. Yes, I purchased something. I don't feel that this purchase breaks the Compact. I feel that 1) I would be purchasing disposable diapers anyway, and 2) these diapers are environmentally friendly.


Cradle to Cradle

So far, they have worked well. Gavin loves them. he actually took off his disposable and helped put these on! Will keep update to the convenience and "wetness" factor!


Through a Glass Darkly said...

Very cool. I love how quickly they biodegrade!

Cradle to Cradle is a really neat book and concept.

In Recovery said...

Those diapers just don't seem like a great idea to me. I used cloth with both my kids (cheap cloth--Chinese prefolds, Snappis-pins with #1!, and pull-on covers). Very cheap and very easy. The idea of putting more material into the water reclamation system just feels wrong. Better than pure disposable, sure. But are you going to get the average disposable user to do this?

Anonymous said...

About gDiapers: "Why are gDiapers good for the planet? The flushables are designed using the Cradle to Cradle design principles of Bill McDonough and his firm MBDC. That means everything that goes into one of our flushables gets re-absorbed back into the eco-system in a neutral or beneficial way. So you are turning waste into a resource...."

emme said...

I think I will do a combination for this last baby. Cloth as well as gdiapers. I think the gdiapers are a step up from disposable - they are biodegradable!