This week I want you to take a one-cup measuring cup out of your cabinet, fill it with water and set it down. That is how much crude oil it takes to make one disposable diaper:
Now, imagine that multiplied time 352, then multiply that time 2.5. If you only use one cloth diaper a day, for the roughly 2.5 years a baby is in diapers, that is how much oil you are *not* using on your baby to diaper them! Pretty incredible, isn’t it! Just an example to give all of our customers a little pat on the back, whether you use cloth part time or full time, youi do make a difference, thank you for your efforts to ditch disposable options for reusable ones.
Cloth diapering can be a slippery slope, for my family and for many of our customers, I know that once cloth came into the picture, other disposable options came into the picture pretty quickly, this week I wanted to cover two easy and money-saving ways to incorporate some reusable items into your busy family schedule. We start with some easy ones this week, next week we dig a little deeper into bigger challenges.
1) Paper Towels:
Now, you can get really cute “unpaper towels” from many stores, but even if you don’t go the route of buying specially cut absorbent cloths, the wash rags you already have for wiping up the counter and cleaning small messes make easy replacements for paper towels. Take the one week challenge, see if you can use rags and hand towels you already have for messes you would usually use paper towels for. I was amazed at how easy it is to go paper-towel free, and you see a big difference in the monthly grocery bill, paper towels are expensive!
I never realized how many goofy little plastic bags you need when your babies get older. As toddlers reuseable plastic dishes keep those goldfish from crumbling, but in school lunchboxes just don’t always have room for 4-6 plastic cups to hold sandwiches, veggies, fruit and crackers. Your options become saran wrap, wax paper, fold-and-close sandwich bags or other variations of these wrappings.
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Have a great weekend everyone!