It is facts like these that solidly back my support for the use of cloth diapers instead of disposables. Per the Real Diaper Association’s website: “Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills; it is estimated to take about 250-500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose; and the manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.”
More importantly, cloth diapers are HEALTHIER for your baby. Also stated on Real Diaper Association’s Website: “Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S. Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.”
With all that said, if you have been reading the blog, you already know that I am a full on, crazy love, cloth diaper addict! I love to help spread knowledge and love of these fluffy poo catchers. That is why I wanted to share a unique and fun way to experience cloth diapers and the community surrounding them.
Basically, this is an event that began back in 2011 as a way to help spread knowledge and awareness of cloth diapers into the mainstream. The goal is to do diaper changes on as many babies as possible with cloth diapers and break the Guinness Book of World Records world record of 8,301 cloth diapers changed at one time.
This year’s event is being held this Saturday, April 26th at 11:00 am. Check here to find an official location. There are 182 qualifying locations in 15 countries. But there are also many events that are being held unofficially because they couldn’t meet the stringent rules and regulations of Guinness Book. Be sure to check with your local cloth diaper store or group to see if they are holding an event!
Why go? First, you will be part of a Guinness Book of World Record attempt. (That’s pretty cool!) Secondly, most events are a lot of fun. There are sometimes swag bags, free gifts and great giveaways! Not to mention that you can finally meet other moms in person that cloth diaper!
The event I went to last year had giveaways and prizes for the person who traveled the furthest, it was me btw :). If you were thinking about whether it is worth it to make the drive to one…I say go! Besides the great cloth diaper experience I am pretty sure that you may even have a little fun!
Have you ever been to The Great Cloth Diaper Change? What was your experience like?
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.