I firmly believe that, as humans, it is our responsibility to be good stewards over this beautiful Earth. We need to be conscientious of the impact our choices make on the environment.
In an effort to change my bad habits, I am working hard to be more eco-conscious. I am walking more. (OK, except for right now. But, it is freezing and we have a horrible, disgusting, cancer causing inversion. Even though I hate snow, I am praying for its return and fast.) I am using my hanging rack more (it helps that this preserves our clothes as well). And, I am trying to avoid wasteful habits.
Unfortunately, I am finding the last one to be difficult.
Each day, our trash can reaches its capacity. Each day, I Mr. B must make the trek to the dumpster. Each day, I am disgusted.
Our little family of 4 produces a ridiculous amount of waste on a daily basis. We have food that was not consumed and must be thrown out, dirty diapers, used paper towels, and on and on. I am appalled by the amount of refuse our little family of 4 is adding to the already overstuffed dump.
I am trying to limit our waste: I am cooking in smaller quantities (to avoid leftovers that will not be eaten) and I am transitioning from paper towels to dish towels. I am slightly discouraged that we cannot do more to decrease our waste.
Why? Diapers. Hence, my diaper dilemma.
Since I have two babies in diapers, I am most puzzled and abhorred by the amount of disposable diapers I am throwing into the trash on a daily basis. I obviously cannot allow my children to go naked and pee in the bushes (although, it may provide my neighbor’s with comic relief), so I must keep them in diapers.
I have become dismayed over the last few weeks. I keep thinking that as Manly gets older, I will be using less diapers. Yet I seem to be using more as the weeks progress. I am in a difficult position because my children have sensitive skin. To keep them in their dirty diapers on account of limiting waste will only bring problems in other areas.
So, what do I do with my diaper dilemma?
While thinking, I came up with a solution, one that I have rejected time and time again on account of supposed silliness: cloth diapers.
I was talking with a friend at church today about her use of cloth diapers. I asked her about the extra amounts of laundry she does, how she keeps them from stinking, and if she has problems with leaking. She answered each of these questions and gave me hope. She reminded me that I am already washing soiled laundry from diaper blow-outs, so what is another piece of material going to matter?
So, my friends, I think I may make the transition.
I would appreciate any sage advice in my endeavor. Have any of you used cloth diapers? What do you think? Does it save you money? Are your garbage cans filling up slower? Is it too much of a hassle? Any recommendations on how to start?
I almost forgot! The winner of TKW’s lovely giveaway is….drumroll please….BigLittleWolf!!!
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