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Old 06-23-2019, 06:45 AM
 
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What's next, feminine napkins? Women using washcloths like the old days? lol


I feel for the daycares and senior care centers, as well as single working poorer mums if they get rid of disposable diapers. They get them free usually, but I'm not sure how they'll feel about all that extra work.

How eco-friendly is all that washing? You'll be changing more often with cloth, maybe an extra load or two a day depending on how many are in diapers. Isn't that just as bad?

But, yeah, plastics are the new solar. Two bad recycling isn't better, there's a reason people switched to disposable diapers. I don't have kids but I have taken care of incontinent adults and I can't imagine cloth only, the amount of laundry would be really high in nursing homes.
That wash water can be filtered and reused, just like at a carwash.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: BBC
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Originally Posted by Tokinouta View Post
What's next, feminine napkins? Women using washcloths like the old days? lol


I feel for the daycares and senior care centers, as well as single working poorer mums if they get rid of disposable diapers. They get them free usually, but I'm not sure how they'll feel about all that extra work.

How eco-friendly is all that washing? You'll be changing more often with cloth, maybe an extra load or two a day depending on how many are in diapers. Isn't that just as bad?

But, yeah, plastics are the new solar. Two bad recycling isn't better, there's a reason people switched to disposable diapers. I don't have kids but I have taken care of incontinent adults and I can't imagine cloth only, the amount of laundry would be really high in nursing homes.
Not anywhere near as bad (as far as I'm concerned) compared to the water used in the manufacturing processes of disposable diaper making, not to mention the paper, plastic, energy, and emissions, and then there's the raw, untreated waste being tossed with all of those disposable diapers.


No wonder our world is in peril.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:57 PM
 
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Speaking as an old-timer I remember using soft wash cloths wet with warm water and a little mild soap on my babies.

I also used cloth diapers. Pampers were available but expensive, and I used them only when traveling.

Exactly what I did too. Those soft baby washcloths worked great and it was no trouble to launder them right along with the diapers.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I wouldn't change a diaper ever again if I lived in the UK.
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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pine cones, corn cobs, sears catalogs
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:36 AM
 
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When disposable diapers became popular they only came in white , I wrote to the company suggesting it would be nice to have blue and pink ones ,boys and girls ...they wrote back saying , thank you for your idea but retailers would need too much room on the shelves for different colors , few months later the company came out with two colored diapers , then of course later on they had designs on them .
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:08 PM
 
Location: BBC
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When disposable diapers became popular they only came in white , I wrote to the company suggesting it would be nice to have blue and pink ones ,boys and girls ...they wrote back saying , thank you for your idea but retailers would need too much room on the shelves for different colors , few months later the company came out with two colored diapers , then of course later on they had designs on them .
I remember old-fashioned disposable diapers from the 70's. All white, non-refastenable tapes (diapers always ripped and tore if you tried to open the diaper to check for wetness), no elastic gathers, and they always leaked.
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Old Yesterday, 04:48 PM
 
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Still remember the diaper pail my mother kept in the bathroom for my youngest brother.

Amonia and water was the soaking liquid, the poop was swished out of the diaper as much as possible in the toilet but not all of it came off.

The combination of smells was powerful and nauseating.

Cleaning baby's bottom was done with a damp baby wash cloth that also had to be laundered. Lots of leftover poop flowing through the water and sewer system.

There's a reason wipes and disposable diapers took off. And probably less impact on our clean water too.

The UK is whacked about global warming/freezing/CO2/climate change.
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Old Today, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Finland
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I didn't use wipes for the first 6 months or so with my children, when they were still small and not too wriggly enough to hold their bums under the tap to clean them, then dried with a muslin cloth. But after that it's wipes. I do shake the poo down the loo though and buy eco-friendly nappies.
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Old Today, 04:58 PM
 
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Even if you want something disposable, soft, plain paper towels and water would do the trick. Babies' bottoms don't need chemicals, plant extracts, fragrance, alcohol, and whatever else on them. They just need to be clean.
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