The answer is a definite yes, according to Alita Kelly in a blog for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. They also may be harming your children, she says.
Kelly's blog is several months old, but worth bringing up.
"In the past, disposable diapers were luxuries used primarily for vacations, doctor’s visits and other special circumstances," she wrote. "The trend has shifted from luxury to standard where most homes with children in diapers rely solely on the disposable type, dramatically increasing the amount of waste created by those with little ones."
Kelly notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year, and there's 27 billion disposable diapers in there. She said disposable diapers are the third-largest single consumer item in landfills.
"The average lifespan of a disposable diaper is 500 years," Kelly said. "An average baby will go through about 8,000 diapers in infanthood, according to the EPA."
Oh, but there's much more. Kelly describes the toxic chemicals found in disposable diapers — and she's not talking about the ones that children make in them.
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