Maintaining Your Commitment to Being Green in These Times of Economic

    Are cloth diapers really a viable solution?

MONTREAL, Sept. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Sometimes it seems impossible to maintain your commitment to living green, especially for the stressed and overworked parents of young children. Money is tight and time is precious, and the environment becomes less of a priority than convenience. But dragging pail after pail full of disposable diapers to the curb just seems wasteful - and it is! 1-2 tonnes of soiled diapers per child will end up in landfills. Not to mention that a young family can expect to spend $2500-3000 per baby for those diapers. But is there a better way? Are cloth diapers really a viable solution?

Bummis thinks so. They have just introduced an organic cotton diapering system in a box that takes the guesswork and hard work out of using cloth diapers. This Montreal based company realized that many parents express a desire to use cloth diapers, and guilt that they are not. "Parents will tell us that while they believe cloth diapering to be the more eco-friendly and also the healthiest, most comfortable choice for their babies, they fear the mess associated with using and washing cloth diapers", says Bummis' resident washing expert Shirley Murdock, who has a background in biochemistry. She claims that this fear is not grounded in reality. "It is no longer necessary to rinse your diapers in the toilet, or sanitize them by boiling or using chlorine bleach", asserts Ms. Murdock. She recommends using flushable liners to deal with the "ick" factor. "When changing your baby's diaper, simply remove the soiled liner and flush it down the toilet. Store your diaper in a zippered bag or a pail with a close fitting lid until you are ready to wash. Wash every two days with a residue free detergent and either hang dry or tumble dry. Use an oxygen based bleach once in a while. It's really that easy!"

Depending on the system used, cloth diapers can cost between $300-1000 per baby. This represents a savings of anywhere between $1000-2700 per baby! Some systems are sturdy enough to survive washing for more than one baby - an even greater savings. In the case of the award winning Organic Cotton Diaper Kit by Bummis you can start diapering a newborn right away for a modest investment of $175. With the second box retailing at $156, this becomes a very affordable birth to potty solution. And the box comes packed with diapers and accessories - including flushable liners.

But are cloth diapers really more green than disposables? There is a lot of controversy out there about this issue and it is difficult, if not impossible to wade through all the arguments and find the truth. The most obvious environmental impact produced by cloth diapering a baby is reducing what we send to the landfill by literally a tonne per baby! Reduce and Re-use are the first of the three environmental maxims. And reducing and re-using is exactly what cloth diapering is all about. Re-using cloth diapers for more than one baby makes it an even more environmentally friendly choice as there is less exploitation of raw materials, less manufacturing, packaging, transport, etc.

And using organic cotton diapers is something a parent can do to ensure that their choice of diapering systems is sustainable. From the growing of the cotton right through the manufacturing process to the fabric touching a baby's skin - organic cotton ensures a far less toxic impact upon the environment, workers and baby's health.

Cloth diapering is easy to use, easy to wash, easy to buy and easy on the environment. And a very good way to sustain being green when times are rough.

Bummis is a company dedicated to making it easy for parents to use cloth diapers. Our commitment is to do so while adhering to a model of ethical and sustainable business practices. We have offices in Montreal, Quebec and Morristown, NY.


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