Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers
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Effect on the Environment
The research surrounding the impact that cloth and disposable diapers have on the environment is not clear cut. Both cloth and disposable diapers affect the environment in different ways.
The production of disposable diapers requires tens of thousands of pounds of plastic and hundreds of thousands of trees every year. The National Association of Diaper Services points out that disposable diapers are also the third largest source of solid waste that goes into the nation's landfills every year and take up to 500 years to decompose.
Although cloth diapers may seem to be the clear winner in this debate, they pose environmental concerns, too. Repeatedly washing cloth diapers uses a lot of water and energy, and the detergents and waste can pollute the water.