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The Green Life: Green Your Parenting: Diaper Duty

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April 27, 2010

Green Your Parenting: Diaper Duty

Baby in diaper
Being a parent makes the initiative to live sustainably feel that much more important. But it can be a difficult balancing act. To make things a little simpler, this week we're providing easy green parenting tips so you can reduce your kids' impact on the planet they stand to inherit.

Tip #2: Choose Cloth Diapers

Disposable diapers are undeniably convenient, but they take centuries to decompose in landfills, and the untreated waste they contain can leak out and pollute groundwater. Biodegradable diapers are one alternative, or, better yet, choose reusable cloth diapers made of hemp or organic cotton. Diaper services are available in many cities if washing the stinkiness out at home makes you squeamish – just make sure the service you select uses natural detergents.

Tell us: How do you deal with the diaper dilemma?

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