Posted by: Isildae
Posted: 31st May 2012
I use a mixture of cloth and disposable nappies but not because I'm lazy. I have 4 children and work - disposable nappies are more convenient. There are other things I do to reduce our carbon footprint - I don't have a dryer, I grow my own fruit and veggies, bake my own bread and buy local produce whereever possible, thus reducing the pollution involved in transporting good. I telecommute and my children catch the bus from school, reducing traffic congesion and pollution. I have a compost heap, a water tank, solar panel system and a worm farm. I don't drink, take drugs or smoke. I recycle, I avoid buying products with excessive packaging. I don't take overseas holidays (air pollution) and instead aim for eco-friendly destinations. I am thinking of my children and teach them about sustainability and our responsibility to the environment.
Many child care centres won't change cloth nappies or charge extra for this service. Some people who use cloth nappies tumble dry them, thus negating whatever environmental savings they make by using electricity. Disposable nappies are more than just a convenience for women who have had a difficult birth and are less physically mobile (c-sec, broken pelvis) or have a general disability and do not have the sort of practical family support mothers did two generations ago. Disposable nappies are your particular bugbear but unless you are also doing all the things I am doing then I don't think you are in a position to preach that users of disposable nappies are lazy or not aware of the costs, both financial and environmental. I don't appreciate being made to feel inferior because I use a product for convenience. 100% of Australian households outsource some domestic service - usually the purchase of prepackaged foods. Have you considered the environmental impact of all that landfill? Disposable nappies are just one of thousands of 'convenience' products that are damaging our environment - we are all busy and stressed these days and nobody needs the additional guilt of the disposable / cloth nappy argument. Mothers arguing about stay at home vs working, breast vs formula, cloth vs disposable achieves nothing and only adds to the current epidemic of post-natal depression. Reply