Mother Earth vs. Giant Garbage Bag
April 18th, 2012
I’m now into my forty-second consecutive month of cloth diapering so I guess it’s safe to say I’m pretty committed to the practice. I’ll be the first to admit that my primary motivations for choosing cloth were financial (it saves big bucks by the time you’re on kid two) and aesthetic (large fluffy butts adorned in primary colors and swirling patterns are super cute) but I wanted do be kind to Mother Earth as well. We’ve kept a lot of disposable diapers out of the landfill over the past three-and-a-half years.
Unfortunately, my “diapers in daycare” experience has often be one of “one step forward, two steps back” when it comes to the environment. My daycare insists on bagging each of Buggie’s diapers in a separate ziploc bag before placing them in the (water-proof, specially-designed-for-this-purpose) zipper bag I send along each day.
And when they run out of ziploc bags, they use whatever they can find. Like this:
Yes, this afternoon I pulled one small damp diaper out of that gargantuan bag. And somewhere, very faintly, I heard the sound of nature weeping.