Apparently, cloth diapers are becoming quite popular these days. Here is a link to a recent story on NPR about cloth diapers: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/139234779/diaper-business-does-well-in-down-economy
This article cites yet another great benefit of cloth diapers: cost. According to Christy Reed of Everything Birth (http://www.everythingbirth.com/), the cost for cloth diapers is about $500 compared to $2,500 for disposables. That’s a pretty penny!
And (especially for those of you who are paying attention and know that the price we pay doesn’t reflect the complete cost of anything), that is only based on what you pay in the checkout line. It does NOT factor in the huge environmental costs of disposable diapers, from extraction of the oil to production of the plastic, transportation (resources, production, sales, waste disposal), or the effects of the landfill. Yes, it takes resources to make cloth diapers, but the key is it takes substantially FEWER resources to make cloth diapers and many of those resources are RENEWABLE and NONTOXIC.
Better for the environment, better for babies’ bottoms, better for our wallet…seems like a no-brainer to me.