Tracker Pixel for Entry

SMALL CHANGES YIELD BIG PROTECTION

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Wellness | April 20th, 2016

by Lyn Geist

It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Sometimes it’s the one small change we make that impacts the entire health of the environmental world. Earth Day is approaching and if there was one thing you could do to that would undoubtedly make a difference, would you do it?

What is Earth Day anyway?

An annual event celebrated on April 22, it is the day in which the entire world demonstrates support for environmental protection. In 1970, a voice was given to the link between the environment, pollution and public health. 20 million Americans walked the streets and crowded into auditoriums to demonstrate the reality of pollution and its cost to the human race. Worldwide, people became aware of the dangerous consequences of raw sewage, pesticides, freeways, polluting factories and toxic dumps. Today Earth Day is the largest non-spiritual observance in the world and is celebrated by more than a billion people. It is a day set aside to demonstrate the harmful effects of pollution on the earth, and remind us all that we can make a difference.

Diapers and landfills

According to Real Diaper Association, an estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the United States, and 92% of them end up in a landfill. How long does it take for a disposable diaper to decompose? No one really knows the answer to that question. They will be around long after your children, grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren are gone.

Case studies indicate that disposable diapers are the third largest consumer item in our landfills. They contain petroleum, plastics, perfumes, and dioxin, an extremely toxic byproduct of the paper bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S. In a home with a child in diapers, disposable diapers make up HALF of the household waste.

Recycling disposable diapers is not an environmentally feasible or cost-efficient task. Using cloth diapers, approximately 6,000 diapers per child can be eliminated from our landfills.

Cloth diapers are no longer laborious to maintain or difficult to use. Modern cloth diapers change just as easily as disposable and are as easy to maintain as tossing them in the washer. Solid waste should be dumped in the toilet first, but this is also true for disposables.

Cloth diapers now come with hook and loop or snap closures, and adjustable sizing. They contain messes better than disposable diapers because they are designed with a stronger, thicker elastic around the legs and back.

Cost-efficient solution

Usually, the actions we have to take to save the environment cost us time, energy, and money. However, choosing to use cloth diapers could not only help save the planet. It could also save money.

It is estimated (prices vary by location) that disposable diapers cost about 80 dollars a month, which is about 80 diapers a week. This adds up to about 960.00 dollars a year in waste.

Using a diaper service saves both time and money. Most come with a cloth diaper kit that includes everything you need to diaper your baby. In Fargo, Overloaded Diaper Service offers a full-service diaper package. They start you out with a full system which includes a two-week supply of diapers, 10 diaper covers, a diaper pail, diaper pail liner, cloth wipes, wet and dry diaper bag, and a wet bag for cloth wipes.

Simply toss the dirty diapers into the pail and on your scheduled pickup day set it on your porch. It will be picked up and replaced with a clean set of diapers twice per week. This service costs approximately 80 dollars per month. Samples are sent to a lab monthly to ensure 100% sanitation.

Unhealthy facts

It’s true, we’ve been using disposable diapers for decades and our children appear to be just fine. However, most people don’t know that diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a super-absorbent polymer that turns into a gel-like substance once it gets wet. A very similar substance was used in super absorbent tampons into the 1980s, at which time it was discovered that the material increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome and promotes the growth of toxin-producing bacteria. Most babies have extremely sensitive skin which can be irritated by the chemicals in disposable diapers.

The choice is yours

When deciding between cloth and disposable diapers for your baby, take into account all the pros and cons of each, but don’t let convenience be the determining factor without giving cloth diapers a good six-month trial.



Cloth diapers have been modernized for ease and convenience. You will never have to leave your house for a diaper run again. 

Recently in:

FARGO - Hundreds of thousands of women and men, young and old, took to the streets across America on Saturday, raising awareness for issues from women's rights, Black Lives Matter, missing Indigenous women, DACA, immigration…

When I was a young boy of five I was lucky enough to have a black and white TV in our house. I had a lot of friends in those day because I let the whole neighborhood come over on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. I distinctly…

Wednesday, January 24, 6pmFargo Theatre, 314 Broadway NThe very first showing of “Homegrown: From Farm to Fargo,” a half-hour documentary shot, written, edited and produced by mass communication and journalism students at…

Last week I was asked to appear and speak on behalf of Matt Pausch, owner of the Oasis, before the Public Works and Safety Committee in Wahpeton. The Pausches are great people and I will never forget the time I spent at the Oasis.…

Corky had a knee replaced in late December and she has been diligently doing the physical therapy connected with the rehab. Although the operation was done in Fargo, I imagine the procedure would have cost about the same if it had…

Rhombus GuysWhile they may be known locally and throughout the region for their restaurants, which feature over thirty different pizzas, and their recent addition of a brewery in Grand Forks, Rhombus Guys also proudly pour from a…

Do you eat enough vegetables? Almost no one does. The current USDA nutrition guidelines for adults recommend 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables to be eaten daily. Other nutrition sources indicate this number can be upwards of 6 cups of…

No one who has lived in Fargo for any length of time has to be told how bitterly cold it can get here during the winter. As much as we might complain about the cold temperatures, the biting winds, or the copious amounts of snow, we…

Now playing on Netflix Instant Watch, Voyeur is the curious story of strange bedfellows Gay Talese -- the once influential and celebrated journalist -- and Gerald Foos, a creepy peeper who spied on the guests at his hotel,…

High Plains Reader: How did the idea for Daily Trump Cartoon come to you -- what was your call to action?Peter Yuenger: It wasn't really a call to action, It was more of a New Year’s resolution to get back in the habit of drawing…

Smoke starts to seep from the sides of the stage and a rocker’s voice echoes over the crowd: “Are you ready to rock?!”You might think that you’re at a rock concert, if you weren’t seated in a black box theatre. For the…

Humor

​Talking to strangers

by Sabrina Hornung

“I don’t have a tour, like, on the back of a sweatshirt,” comedian Paula Poundstone says. “I go out every weekend. This weekend I went out Friday, Saturday and Monday. Mostly it’s Friday/Saturday or Thursday through…

“What are some of your favorite bottles of whiskey?” is a question I get asked quite frequently and is often harder to answer than one might think. One of the great rewards of my profession is getting to sample some of the…

Essential oils. They are all the buzz lately. It seems everyone has heard of them or is purchasing them. Some people know how to use them; others are just interested in the wonder of their complex scents.Essential oils are as…

Live and Learn

​The other shoe

by HPR Contributor

By Elizabeth Nawrotnawrot@mnstate.eduI look up from my hotel lobby breakfast astonished to see a framed print of Wassily Kandinsky's "Mit und Gegen,” a masterpiece of color and composition that just happens to be my favorite…

By Gary Olsonolsong@moravian.edu“Kissing a man without a beard is like eating an egg without salt.”— Dutch proverb, probably written by a man.“Kissing a man with a beard is like going on a picnic. You don’t mind going…