2. The landfill impact.
The manufacturing of disposables consumes 70% more energy than the average reusable diaper per diaper change, consuming 3.4 billion gallons of oil and over 250,000 trees annually. Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.
To better understand consumption's relationship with disposable diapers, you need to know WHAT EXACTLY it takes to make a disposable diaper.
a: a waterproof polyethylene outer layer
b: an inner layer made from wood pulp and synthetic polyacrylate
c: a water-repellent liner.
d: most brands have fragrances and perfumes
Approximately 28 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.-- ultimately ending up in our landfills. No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.