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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The 80/20 rule series: disposable diapers

In working on my Adfed Ignite presentation, I realized that I have never wrote up anything about what I call the 80/20 rule. The blog, No More Dirty Looks, touched on this in a post back in August. The idea being that 80% of the time, my family will work hard at going green, being natural and supporting sustainability. And then there is the 20% of the time we won't be able to or can't or we're just not ready to make that change.

Going green just doesn't happen over night. It's a process. It's like a ying yang balance - we do want to do it all. There are some things we won't be able to do. Or something that we're not quite ready to give up. Over the next few days I'm going to talk about those items.

Thank goodness we're close to potty training and the end of diapers. We do not use cloth diapers and this is mainly because I tried and I couldn't keep up with the washing and my husband didn't quite support me on this effort (he would put a disposable on our son instead of a cloth diaper). As a working mom, something had to give. Instead, we chose to use compostable baby wipes because 23 million end up in the landfill. I know it's a small act compared to using cloth diapers but it's what we can do.

Has anyone tried Nature Babycare Eco-friendly diapers? This was something I stumbled upon when ordering Elements Naturals wipes by the case on When I order my next case of wipes, I might have to order a pack and see. Their claim "100% chlorine-free and keep oil-based plastics away from babies delicate skin. Our absorbent pulp is from sustainably harvested Scandinavian forests and the unique center-channel means a less bulky fit while enhancing leak protection. Since we use 60% natural materials instead of plastic, our diapers are soft and cloth-like providing comfort without sacrificing protection."

Hmmm, to me, harvesting Scandinavian forests doesn't seem very sustainable because doesn't it take years for a tree to grow?

If we do have baby #2 someday, I may be up for trying cloth diapers again or an alternative like Nature Babycare.


  1. We made our own baby wipes from a recipe given to us by a neighbor at our baby shower. These things rock!

    1/2 roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)
    2 tbsp. baby shampoo (or soap like Dr. Bronners)
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    2 cups warm water
    Few drops tea tree or lavender oil
    1 plastic cylinder container that the roll fits in

    Mix liquid ingredients gently. Pour mixture over one half of paper towel roll in container. Pull out cardboard core and dispense wipes from center of roll.

    The hardest parts are:
    1. Cutting a roll of paper towels in half. Key is to have one person hold down the ends of the roll tightly while the other person cuts with a big bread knife.
    2. Finding the perfect paper towel with the right thickness. We used Bounty I think, but recycled paper towels (or reusable cloth wipes) would work too.
    3. Finding the perfect plastic container. Rubbermaid used to make a perfect cylinder shape that they discontinued.

  2. My impression is that Seventh Generation diapers hit most of the points you described above. They are on sale at Fred Meyers every once in awhile. We used them when traveling, as cloth while traveling for a week or more seem difficult.

  3. Honest diaper are really genius and also helpful for moms. Now honest diaper reviews mission is to provide best stop cost effective way to sample a variety of diapers.



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