Pampers Sustainability: Myths and Facts About Sustainable Diapers at Pampers.com
This irritates me. Isaac has had 1, maybe 2 diaper rashes in 6 months with cloth, and they were minor. How can disposables be better for the environment when they are sitting in landfills? That's like saying we should just use disposable dishes because when you factor in the water to wash regular dishes, well, its a tossup. Ridiculous.
Seriously, I don't know anyone who uses disposable diapers who would claim that they are better for the environment. It is a convenience thing, not an environmental choice. We do 3-4 loads of diaper laundry per week, and usually things like crib sheets, messy clothes, and burp clothes get washed with the diapers. Those are loads that I would have to do anyhow, so the diapers *maybe* add 1 extra load per week on top of the messy baby laundry we would be doing anyhow. I guess since babies add 3-4 loads of laundry per week, they are bad for the environment too, right?
Sounds like Pampers is just trying to cover their ass from the recent speculation that the DryMax formula is causing terrible rashes and even boils on some babies' bottoms. (http://www.examiner.com/x-1320-Motherhood-Examiner~y2010m5d6-Parents-link-Pampers-Dry-Max-diapers-to-rashes-and-chemical-burns)
It really doesn't even matter if the claims are true or not, the public perception of Pampers is not so great right now. And when it comes to business, perception is infinitely more important than reality.