One of the best things about cloth diapering is how it supports us in our mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
The average disposable diaper user goes through more than 2,500 diapers in their baby's first year according to Kids Growth. Those disposable diapers require a large amount of water, not to mention paper, plastic, and other materials, to manufacture, package, ship, and sell, only to be hauled away to landfills after a single use.
If using a one-size diaper that fits from birth to potty training, a cloth diapering family could easily get by with two dozen or fewer diapers! So about 1/100th as many diapers as a disposable user would go through in a single year!
Besides reusing cloth diapers multiple times for the same child, cloth diapers can also be reused by younger siblings and other relatives and friends, or sold to friends and others on local swaps or sold back to Cloth Diaper Outlet! The Cloth Diaper Outlet trade-in program is actually the source of the majority of the diapers in the used outlet section, where you can buy and reuse diapers that are already pre-loved but have more life left in them.
When cloth diapers are no longer usable as cloth diapers, PUL parts may be able to be recycled as swim diapers, mama cloth, or toy storage bags, and prefolds or inserts may be used as cleaning rags!
Are cloth diapers part of your family's commitment to taking care of the Earth? Do you have any creative ideas for recycling old cloth diapers? Let us know in the comments below!