I hope you like this post. It might sound a little weird at first.
I know, I’m about to sound like one of those tree-huggin’ hippies, a crazy first time parent worried about everything.
But I’m also a super thrifty millennial and what I’m about to share has already saved me over $1,000 in monthly expenses.
I’m talking about a re-usable and sustainably sourced product that I usually am having to constantly replenish.
Early on in my daughter’s life, I was learning how unsustainable our global waste production truly is. And much to my dismay, somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 millions pounds of that waste is thanks to disposable diapers.
To boot, about 200,000 trees a year are sacrificed in the name of their production.
And because most of them end up in landfills, they actually introduce dangerous chemicals into the earth and even groundwater at times (not to mention that those toxic chemicals are first in your baby’s diaper in the name of a fresh scent or moisture absorption.)
What’s more, because of the materials that many of them are composed of, the average time for one to decompose is about 500 years.
So I figured it worth asking the question, what kind of diapers did ancient babies use?
More than that, what type of diapers do other cultures use today?
After all, I don’t see a lot of ancient Egyptian writing concerning landfill seepage of toxic chemicals due to diaper waste. I think this might be one of those “us” problems.
As it turns out, diapers as we know them today come from Britain. The concept of using disposable cloth to capture a baby’s waste dates back only to the 16th century in England.
Until this time, many cultures used whatever was available, many Eskimo tribes even using moss and seal skin!
But, the most common practice, it seems, was a more responsive one. A practice still ongoing to this day in many parts of the world, mothers learn to read their baby’s cues for bathroom time. These moms will carry with them a small bowl just for the occasion. If a baby is needing to go, the mother stops and uses the bowl to capture the potty break.
This is the truly green option.
What's more, some experts recommend potty training from day one. That way, your baby won’t know anything else—a sort of modern adaption of the ancient bowl and catch method.
I have a confession, I’m green but not quite at this status yet. I needed something in between!
Ah, what to do.
That’s when I came across reusable cloth diapers. At first I was a little skeptical (and my husband a little grossed out) but we tried it, and much to our surprise it was pretty simple.
Use them like regular diapers, rinse them off, throw them in the laundry.
And I didn’t have to keep going to the store for packages of diapers that were then going to sit in a landfill somewhere. Which means I just cut out a huge monthly expense while saving the planet.
Yet again, green doesn’t have to mean more expensive.
But then we realized that our disposable diapers were still made of regular cotton, not organic cotton. Not a deal breaker but still not quite ideal.
And that’s when we found the holy grail.
Ya’ll, reusable bamboo diapers.
So I can’t quite level up with the mothers across the world playing bowl catch, but I found a way to do my part.
What’s more, I’m writing this on the way to spend a weekend with my family at an indoor waterpark. But not to worry, because our line of reusable bamboo diapers in BabeNatural even has waterproof covers. So you won’t have to shell out for those special waterproof pull ups either.
You can literally have it all. This is incredible.
You get to save money while saving the environment!
You can see our full selection here and get a feel for what life would be like without those monthly trips to Target handing over your cash like a rent payment. Or worse those late night realizations that you indeed forgot to pick up a new package and your babe is now diaperless.
So Shop Here to learn more, and as always, we’re so grateful that you’ve decided to join us in helping to love on the environment and reduce waste and pollution, one step at a time!