The folks at Pampers evidently feel the need to clear up some "confusion" regarding diapers. Specifically, regarding the debate between those backwards non progressing tree hugging natural crunchy cloth diaper users and normal modern people. They actually have this myths and facts page on their site.
Here's one of the (humorous? Unbelievable?) highlights for me.
"Myth: Disposable diapers are harmful to the environment.
Fact: All of the component materials in Pampers diapers are gentle to consumers and safe for the environment. Pampers diapers are made of materials that are also frequently used in a wide range of other consumer products."
The italics is mine. I did it to expose an incredibly flawed logic that I believe is extremely dangerous. (Not that my mommy brain is the queen of logic, mind you)
They are saying that you should accept the toxic stuff in their diapers as being safe for the environment (and also for you) because it's "frequently used in a wide range of other...products."
Um...hello? Many, MANY products are FILLED with toxic stuff. That's the problem. It's all around us. It's...ubiquitous! (How's that for an SAT word from this mommy's brain!? If you want to rid your body of the toxins it's accumulated, you must do a purposeful detox. More on that here and here.
SODIUM POLYACRYLATE is the chemical, added in powder form to the inner pad of a disposable, that makes it super-absorbent. When the powdered form becomes wet, it turns into a gel.
Can absorb up to 100X its weight in water.
Can stick to baby's genitals, causing allergic reactions.
Reported to cause severe skin irritations, oozing blood from perineum and scrotal tissues, fever, vomiting and staph infections in babies.
When injected into rats it has caused hemorrhage, cardiovascular failure and death.
Banned from tampons in 1985 because of its link to Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Has killed children after ingesting as little as 5 grams of it.
Causes female organ problems, slows healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss to the employees in factories that manufacture it.
above info taken from an article on The Diaper Hyena; entire article here
According to the Clean Air Council, parents throw away 570 diapers PER SECOND! And one diaper takes 300 YEARS to break down.
Watch a 2 min news report on why a mother of triplets has chosen to switch to cloth diapers.
I wrote a 2 part post on cloth diapers and why I use them. You can read them here and here.