Who would have thought that a mother of two and a grandfather would have contributed to one of the most environmental and health disasters of all time? Well, that is how I see it! The disposable diaper/nappy, the biggest invention ever, polluting landfills and the very air we breathe as they take around 500 years to decompose. So as you can see it is a never-ending process.
For your baby’s health, 100% unbleached cotton diapers is best. However, if you insist on using disposable diapers then please use “gDiapers” which I have researched and found them selling on Amazon.com.
Why “gDiapers” you say? Because they are Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) which means they are Dioxin-Free. The “Flushables” are made of all natural fiber and 100% biodegradable. The snap-in liners are Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)-Free. “Little gPants” are made of soft breathable cotton/elastene fabric.
I’ve yet to see a disposable bib amongst their products but I’m sure it won’t be long before they ‘cotton’ on.
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The “Birth” of the Disposable Diaper
In 1949 Marion Donovan of Connecticut made a waterproof diaper cover (pilcher) from her shower curtain. She named it “Boater” and sold the rights to her patent in 1951. Marion Donovan then went on to create the disposable diaper. It didn’t catch on until 1961 when Victor Mills, a chemical engineer, had a ‘better’ solution than hers and mass produced disposable diapers called “Pampers”.
An online site about Famous Women Inventors said this about Marion Donovan: “This famous woman inventor deserves the undying gratitude of new parents around the globe”.
Another site (Jay P. Green’s Blog) said: “Thank Donovan and Mills for their contribution to your well-being – and vote for them for Al Copeland Humanitarians of the Year”.
I surely am not grateful and won’t be thanking Marion Donovan for not wanting to wash diapers or thank Victor Mills for creating toxic disposable diapers. The companies who make toxic disposable diapers should be given an ultimatum; stop using toxic substances in their production of disposable diapers otherwise they will be closed down. As this is not going to happen overnight, please stop supporting them and they will have to re-think their manufacturing standards when they see their sales drop significantly.
A majority of disposable diapers are made with a gel called Sodium Polyacrylate. It soaks up your baby’s urine and any moisture which accumulates inside the diaper. It was used in Tampons but removed because it was found to cause Toxic Shock Syndrome. Not only does Sodium Polyacrylate draw away babies’ urine like a sponge but it soaks up any natural oils and moisture from your baby’s skin leaving it dry as a lizard sun baking on a rock. This and the fact that plastic doesn’t allow your baby’s skin to ‘breathe’, it is no wonder your baby suffers from rashes of all sorts.
Now Dioxin is a byproduct or chemical reaction you get from plastics containing chlorine. The overheating of your baby’s body, in my opinion, may cause Dioxin to enter your baby’s blood stream through the pores of their skin. Dioxin mutates (changes) genetic cells and is known to cause many diseases, including cancer. Well it doesn’t end there, as these disposable diapers are made to look ‘pretty’ by adding prints on them with dyes. These dyes are toxic too.
Tip: Use an eco-friendly washing powder for cloth diapers. Less is best as the overuse of washing powder stiffens the fabric causing roughness. This too may cause rashes. A cup of vinegar in the final rinse will combat bacteria, mold and help soften the diapers. Whether the diaper be a cloth one or disposable, change your baby regularly. Most babies urine is acidic and this also can cause your baby’s skin to burn and blister if the diaper is not changed when needed. Refrain from using a plastic cover all (pilcher) over your baby’s cloth diaper.
Allerwash Liquid Laundry Detergent is also sold on Amazon.co.uk