Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Let's talk trash...

This week I finally got around to clearing out my last stash of disposables.  I was using them off and on and for "emergencies", like when the kids required so much attention that there was no time for laundry (or anything else for that matter...).  I am slowly adding to my cloth stash, I don't have nearly enough to go three days without washing.  So I open up my diaper genie and good Lord...the smell of HADES took over the entire house.  I am not kidding, I think even the cats left the room-it was dis-gusting...I am so glad that this is the last time I ever have to do this.  It looked like an intestinal tract full of waste.  Now imagine this, as often as I was taking this out, this diaper tripe ends up in a landfill in a waterproof bag...and how many of these bags have I taken out?  How many did I use with my older son?  I shutter to think of the immense amount of waste that has been produced by my LO's bum.  Now I don't want to get all crazy about this, but I do wonder sometimes about the impact we are having on the earth.  These are our kids, they are going to grow up and inherit the good and the bad we leave behind.  Ever think about that?  Their poop is polluting their earth.  Not ours.  We will be long gone by the time any visible  consequences come to pass.  It takes approximately 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose-just one.  And that's not even taking into account that the diapers are in a sealed bag, which probably takes a long time to decompose as well.  Not to mention the resources it takes for the trucks to deliver the disposable diapers to our homes (or Target) every week, and the garbage trucks to haul the waste away to landfills...yuck.  Too much to think about.  But for now, I am just glad not to have to smell the nasty aroma of week old poop fermenting in a bag.  My baby uses his diapers, I spray the poop down the toilet and place the diaper in a waterproof garbage pail.  I do a load of cloth diapers every other day.  My baby's room NEVER smells like poop anymore.  And I couldn't be happier.

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