1.31.2012

A Greener Me

Since being married to my husband, Chas, the cloth diapering dad (as he will be known on this blog), I have become more "green". In my single life, I didn't recycle or do anything that I really thought was helping the planet. I didn't really do it on purpose, it was just one of those things that I never thought about. My husband did recycle and it took me a long time to adjust. He would find things in the trash that should be recycled and I would get reprimanded. Okay, not really reprimanded, but there would be a discussion. I could never remember what could and couldn't be recycled so I just threw it all away. I pulled out an argument I had heard a Christian friend say once before, "God's going to give us a new Earth anyway, so who cares?" My honey's response? "God created this Earth for us to take care of." How can you argue with that? So now I recycle and have no problem doing it. Our town picks up the garbage once a week and the recycle every other week. We only have about 2 bags of trash a week and by the time they come to get our recycling bin it is overflowing. I'm sure if we used disposable diapers we would have much more actual garbage. I read somewhere recently that half of the trash of a family with a diapered baby is diapers. HALF!

Many people choose cloth diapers for ecological reasons. I have to admit, this was not the original appeal to cloth diapers, for us, it was a by product. We began cloth diapering for economic reasons. Yet, when I think about all those diapers sitting in a landfill, taking up so much wasted space it makes me sad. The amount of diapers used by one baby is 8,000-10,000 from birth to potty training. (www.diaperpin.com) Wow! And all of those diapers will sit around for about 500 years. Disposable diapers haven't been around very long, but I'm sure if the number of diapers sitting in a landfill were counted we'd all be shocked! Our goal is to have 3 to 4 children. That's roughly 40,000 diapers from our children alone! We're only on number 1. I will admit that we do use the occasional disposable diaper for childcare purposes at church each week and we did use disposables for the first 2 1/2 weeks of his life, but I'm glad we can keep a few thousand disposable diapers out of the landfills. Sadly, those few thousand are just a tiny percentage of the damage being done everyday.

It's funny how something as simple as cloth diapers instantly changes your way of living. You begin to see things as so wasteful. After the birth of my son, I felt silly using disposable nursing pads when I was already washing diapers. I invested in reusable ones and haven't been sorry yet! I love my Bamboobies! (Hmm, possible giveaway idea?) I hardly ever use paper towels anymore and I'm pretty confident that if my period ever returned I would switch to mama cloth. I recently stumbled upon family cloth (Google it) and broached the subject with my husband. The greener one of the two of us, he quickly said no. :)

They say it's the little things that count. So I'm hoping that the little bit our family is doing is helping and most importantly is pleasing to God. What ways have you found yourself to be more green?

1 comment:

  1. It's so true that CDing changes your view on so much - if I can wash and reuse diapers why not napkins? nursing pads? etc etc etc

    I had a Christian friend with the same idea yours expressed: "I don't need to recycle or worry about the Earth, God will provide all that we need." I couldn't agree more with your husband - we need to care for what we have been given - that includes the Earth and our bodies (another reason for CDing - keeping harmful chemicals away from baby's delicate skin!)

    Thanks for sharing your journey! Looking forward to reading more!

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