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Worth it? I can’t get these diapers out of my head…

As you may be aware I switched to cloth diapers a few months ago, click here to find out more about that switch. Be that as it may, my baby’s butt is often still covered in  disposable diapers by others when I can’t be around.  As an aspiring ecoholic I need to make sure  we use  the healthiest and greenest option available. The disposable diapers I had on hand were not that…

WORTH IT? – PC GREEN DIAPERS

Material & Manufacturing:

  • One thing that I like about these diapers is how open they are on their label.   These diapers are made from wood pulp that was acquired from sustainable forests.
  • They do not use chlorine bleach (good news for baby’s butt as well as the environment)
  • Although there is still a small amount of plastic in these diapers, they are working to source plant based polymers instead

Performance:

Wow! Totally surprised and impressed with these!! They are stretchy and super- absorbent. To put them to the test I changed my baby man before bed at 7pm and left it on until 9am the next morning. All was good, he was dry and so was his bed! He is also teething and having some ahh messy situations down there, these diapers are even holding their own against blow outs!

Disposal:

My waste collection service is investigating these diapers to see if they can be collected curbside as compost, for the time being they do still have to go into the waste can. I will update if anything changes.

Costs Comparison:

Cost per diaper for size 6,

  • Pampers  $0.38
  • Seventh Generation $0.45
  • PC green diaper (look for a comparable store brand) on sale for $0.21 regular $0.42

If you are looking for the cheapest option you can’t beat cloth. It pays for itself in the first few months. If your lifestyle is just not  ready for cloth I say Green diapers are WORTH IT!

Any switch we can make that helps us get off of non-renewable resources, holds up performance wise to the competition, is using less chemicals and is actively trying to improve is so WORTH IT.

Although  I can’t stop thinking about these diapers,  I do know that every baby is different so if you try a green diaper and don’t like it  keep trying until you find one that is a perfect fit for your baby. Check out Diapers.com for purchasing (they only ship to the U.S.)and to read  reviews as well.  Look out for sales when buying diapers, when the time comes stock up!

*PC Green is a local brand, if you can’t find it try Seventh Generation for a comparable product (higher price). In fact Seventh Generation is even more transparent about their diaper production.

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Really, I love cleaning poop!

Sometimes, I find when you do something quite    often it is easy to get discouraged and want to run out the nearest exit and scream “I quit!”.

Well once you’re a mom “quit” does not seem to be an option. You suck it up and deal.  I found myself in exactly this predicament yesterday.  I witnessed  #3 of my top 3 grosses kid-poop-related incidents.

I have recently switched over to cloth diapers and being distracted and busy the night before I left a soiled diaper on top of the pail. When I woke in the morning and staggered into my laundry room to obtain some school clothes from the dryer, I discovered IT. #3 grossest poop thing ever. 1 poopy cloth diaper with a large community of fruit flies having a conference of some kind inside. (shudder).  It was in that moment of weakness that I decided my baby’s butt was going directly into a disposable diaper. Why did I do this in the first place? I am so not a hippy.

My day went on, still in my anti-eco mind state,  after a little over a month of positive change I was going down hill. I needed some fresh inspiration.

I decided to watch the 11th Hour Documentary.

Baby’s butt is now comfortably resting in his cloth diaper.

In hopes to inspire more to hop up and make a change I am assigning everyone to watch or re-watch the 11th hour!  youtube, amazon (Canada or US),  Google your local library to see if they have it in (request they do), rent it, buy it, whatever it takes this is your assignment!  If it can snap me out of the poop-gross-out induced eco depression, it will work for you!

Other top 2 gross poop related incidents:

#2 While potty training my 2 year old girly, she had a poop on the bathroom floor. I was in my best domestic form and quickly putting laundry away when I slipped on this hidden jem on the floor. Creating skid marks across my floor and falling on my ass. Poop sock.

#1 When my oldest A, who is now 6, was about 18months I went to retrieve him from his crib after a nap. He did the old poop in diaper then remove and paint his body and crib with poop trick. Gag. It took 3 baths and  A LOT of scrubbing to deal with that one. He still makes me tell him that story from time to time and thinks that it is hilarious.

These cases aside most of the time I really don’t mind cleaning poop!

Assignment for the weekend: watch the 11th HOUR for inspiration!

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Stay at Home!

As a shopaholic, I’ve had to adapt to staying at home with my 3 kids and not being able to mull something over in a store. So in the last few years I’ve really taken to shopping online. I think it’s fantastic, I can do it during nap time, where as running out to Wal-Mart while my kids are napping would perhaps be frowned upon…

I drive a van, and live in the country so I started to wonder how much gas  I  am saving by not driving the 20-30 minutes it takes me to get to civilization. I did a quick calculation, average gas price x how many miles per gallon my van gets x how far I drive to shop, turns out I’m spending about $9.50 in fuel per trip! That’s IF I found was I was looking for at the first store, not counting on the fact that most of the time I go to more than one place.

I started to really think about all the environmental benefits of shopping online and I came up with a few:

  • Save on gas emissions ( my products are usually delivered to my post office)
  • Save on gas costs (although unless I get free shipping I end up paying most of this back out)
  • Consider how much power and waste (like promotional displays) come from a traditional store vs a warehouse
  • Avoid receiving catalogues

Besides the environmental impacts there are other benefits:

  • Get to research my products, and with my shift to a greener lifestyle, that’s pretty important.
  • Don’t have to deal with crowds (ah..holiday shopping anyone?)
  • Don’t have to deal with weather (do you have any idea how many snow storms PEI gets?)
  • Read other customers review
  • Can do it in your jammies
  • Can do it while your kids run around you and scream with no one giving you a dirty look
  • If you can’t find what you’re looking for online or the shipping costs end up being too high, you can always view fliers online to save you time when you get to the store

If your new to shopping online:

  • Start small like a book or some toothpaste, don’t try to buy clothes online unless you have an easy body to fit to avoid disappointment
  • Make sure you’re buying from a secure site or check out with paypal if you’re apprehensive of putting your Credit Card info out there

Although plastic bags are not in the mix there can be extra packaging when you shop online, some store do offer pretty eco-friendly shipping though. A few examples:

  • Aldo/ Spring Shoes sends out their shoes, purses and accessories in a compostable bag (if you’ve bought from Aldo/ Spring Shoes in the past use your other shoes as a guide then tend to run a little small)
  • Only Natural Pet store is working to become a zero waste company, they use recycled boxes and packing materials, and purchase only fully biodegradable, non-toxic packing peanuts made from cornstarch.

Other great stores online to shop at:

  • Well.ca is great Canadian drug store with free shipping within Canada. Great Eco-buy for kids !They have a great Green section as well. One of my favorite products I have bought at Well is the Preserve Junior Endangered Species Toothbrush, my kids love animals so they loved this product! ( Drugstore.com seems to be its American counterpart with free shipping over $25)
  • Raspberry kids, babygrins, and the Cloth Diaper Shop are my 3 fav kid sites (Great Customer service!)
  • ebay is always great too, especially when you can buy something used as your also adding the benefit of reusing something! I have purchased everything from video games, to sports equipment and childrens clothes on here.
  • Chapters or Amazon are both great places to buy books, with lots of free shipping promos going on
  • Etsy has almost limitless items, I could get lost in there forever.

So if you’re not ready to take the leap yet to greener products, try this easy step to lower your impact on our pretty little planet.

PS. If there are any products that you would like to buy online and want a good site for let me know in the comments!

Cloth Diapers

I’ve been using cloth diapers for about a month now. Keep in mind however that I used disposable diapers for 6 years before I made the switch, so no judgement on my part for any disposable diaper users out there!

I remember I bought a pack of Pampers Swaddlers to take my 3rd baby home from the hospital in but  he quickly broke out in a rash, that only healed when I switched diapers, it would come back anytime I put Pampers on his little butt.

I switched to a Presidents Choice brand and gave the others away. But what was in those diapers that gave him a rash?

Well Pampers do contain lotion and fragrance, as they state on their website. Other than that you really don’t get a full list of ingredients,  although Pampers stated that there diapers don’t cause diaper rash, well what are you bleaching your diapers with? Is it Dioxin?  Which is what numerous sources say they are using. Here is what World Health Organization had to say about Dioxin(among other things)” Dioxins are environmental pollutants. They have the dubious distinction of belonging to the “dirty dozen” – a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants. Dioxins are of concern because of their highly toxic potential. Experiments have shown they affect a number of organs and systems.” But they only “bleach” their diapers with that. What are the chances that any would be left to harm our babies? When added to the host of other chemicals that they are exposed to all day everyday, I’m just not going to take that risk anymore. Instead when cloth diapers will just not work (when my kids are at a baby sitter) I’ll choose Seventh Generation’s chlorine-free disposable diapers or PC green diapers at Superstore.  They aren’t biodegradable yet but  they’re working on it!

On the environmental side, a study by the National Association of Diaper Services (NADS) , showed that disposable diapers produce seven times more solid waste when discarded and three times more waste in the manufacturing process.

HOWEVER,

This does not mean that cloth diapers are an environmental save-all! In fact you can actually end up using more energy with cloth diapers by laundering them and putting chemicals back into the environment through non- eco friendly detergents.
If you’re going to use cloth diapers and wash them at home make sure to

  • buy diapers and inserts made with organic cotton, bamboo or hemp
  • use the most eco-friendly detergent you can get your hands on (and free of scent)
  • hang dry (use dryer as little as possible)
  • wash full loads
  • when you’re done with your diapers, re-use them , sell them or give them away
  • use warm not hot water

If you still have a million questions check out The Cloth Diaper shop’s FAQ or send Lisa a question. You can also check out Little Tree Hugger for more info.

Personally I like an absorbent diaper at night that I can put an extra liner in just in case. In the day I prefer a cover and insert style like Flip Diaper cover with  100% Organic Cotton inserts. One thing about cloth diapers, they are so cute!  Disposable diapers are nowhere near as stylish!

Method Cleaner & Cloth Diapers

Last  week  my product of choice to switch  was Method all purpose cleaner, I chose it for 3 reason 1) It smells so fantastic (french lavender) 2)It only cost $4 3) It’s biodegradable, no more toxic chemicals for MY multi purpose cleaner, CHECK. I bought this at my normal grocery store but you can also get it online! Oh and also it is a really great cleaner, I actually went a little crazy when I first got it and searched everywhere for grease spots to clean. Love it. I should also mention that I don’t work for this company I’m just really enjoying this cleaner!

Last week I also decided to finally take the leap to cloth diapers! My youngest is 8 months old, and I also have a 6 year old and a 2 1/2 year old who is still working on potty training.

You might be wondering why after not using cloth diapers for almost 7 years switch now? If you saw the amount of diapers that go into my garbage can EVERY day! If you consider that we change our babies about 5-7 times a day that’s about 2500 diapers a year for 1 baby! So even if I’m only saving 5000 diapers from ending up in a landfill that’s good enough for me!

Oh by the way it takes about 500 years for diapers to decompose according to treehugger.com and US EPA website.

Remember if your choosing cloth diapers it’s probably a good idea to switch to an eco-friendly laundry soap as well otherwise you’re not making garbage but you’re putting extra chemicals back into the environment. Laundry soap is on my list….

So I’ve been on cloth diapers for almost a week now and I love it!

I ordered my diapers from The Cloth Diaper Shop and they were fantastic, great customer service and even a little free sample of Rockin’ Green Detergent. That stuff is a little expensive so I’m currently on the hunt for something that will work a little better with my budget! So in combination with flushable liners, and inserts that I switch out (but keep the same diaper cover) cloth diapers have so far been a success!

Totals for last week/First week of one in a million challenge

  • $4 method cleaner
  • $150 cloth diapers
  • $154 towards O. I. M. C.
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